First of all, we should ask the
questions,” Why do blogs exist? And what are they here for?” Well, in an
ideal world ‘good’ blogs would help people connect, sharing knowledge
and feelings about issues in life. As they are journals written by
individuals we would hope that they’d be readable and open to comment by
all other people, not just a select group of friends. The key is
speaking in a way that is understandable by the masses, get rid of
acronyms and local slang that only few will comprehend. Keep the
sentences grammatically simple and generally short and concise.
Try to write in your blog as often as
possible because if people enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas they’ll
want to communicate or at least be filled in regularly on ‘your world’.
Ask questions, comment on other blogs of similar content, start
communities with others you’ve never met, based on your interests. Keep
focused; if your blog is about thoughts on war and peace, keep your
thoughts on the latest movie and how hungry you are for somewhere else.
The idea is to incite intelligent communication so that in time our
collective stockpile of knowledge and wisdom will gradually grow like a
tree in fertile soil.
I think of most importance is the fact
that you want this journal to be ‘good’ reading. Of course we all have
ideas about what genres and styles we like, but writing from your heart
and soul is imperative for the connection with others that you’re
looking for. Share yourself; don’t hide behind walls of fear of ridicule
and judgment. In real life relationships trust, respect, intimacy, and
unity are all necessary for a bond to form. It’s the same in the
‘virtual’ world; people want to hear from real people-not just
one-sided, highly opinionated arguments from egos that don’t want to
hear the ‘other side of the coin’.
Now, in my last article I really tore
apart most writers out there, and here I’m giving some pretty complex
ideas on how to fix the problem of ‘bad’ writing. In my next article
I’ll attempt to go back to the simple basics of how to write for
beginners. I hope I haven’t come across as too judgmental, I just truly
believe the ‘blog world’ could become a real asset to humanity, and at
the moment it’s missing the mark.
Ideas about sentence structure,
grammar, paragraphing, using a thesaurus (varying terms used so as not
to sound repetitive), whether or not your blog is suitable for a
personal or professional approach, are all important to creating a
simple and enjoyable read for the blogging visitor. If you are a
beginner, please check out my next article on the basics.
By Jesse S. Somer