When people talk about weblogging it is mostly all about traffic, ads, comments, SEO and generating link backs. This week I was reminded again that how you write is more important.
English is not my native language, I actually speak/write three languages daily; my native language Papiamento, Dutch and English. A couple of times a week I chat in Spanish too which is nothing to write home about as my Spanish is totally out of practice.
When I write a post it takes me extra time while I re-formulate sentences and look up words in the dictionary or thesaurus. I do my best and if I’m in a hurry and just publish right away it is a safe bet that the post will be full of stupid mistakes.
Getting critique on my writing has made me realize that writing is my passion otherwise I wouldn’t care about critiques but turns out I do care a lot. I just don’t know how to get organized about pursuing my passion more intensively and improving it.
As chance happens I came across great posts on writing about your passions, writing well with the correct use of words and the right attitude.
Find what you are wildly passionate about and make that your top priority. If you are not passionate about it, no one else will be either.
You can see how your writing has more punch when you eliminate these space takers.
Writers who have humility are aware of their shortcomings and open to feedback. They listen to others and take advice in the right way. When things go wrong, they try to find out why. When things go right, they celebrate accordingly.
Blogging for hire has been a subset of freelance writing, but there are many freelance bloggers who take on projects very different from what a freelance writer might take on.
Some interesting books recommended if you write for a company weblog or other commercial weblogs. Freelance writing jobs can be found at the FWJ freelance writers jobs board.
Social networking users not interested in changing their names but still looking for ways to protect themselves online now have a new guide in the form of a book out this week from the ‘Dear Abby’ of disappearing, Frank M. Ahearn. What do you need to know? Call it the 21st century Wilderness survival guide.
Since Facebook has become a mammoth on the internet privacy issues have never been so talked about as nowadays. Even government of different countries are talking about imposing laws to protect online privacy.
I would like to note that I don’t like what they call grammar nazi’s. Mistakes happens all the time and unless you have an editor or two going over your posts you should not be too hard on yourself.
To improve my grammar and punctuation I ordered a book on better writing which will hopefully be useful. Do you take extra measures to ensure your posts are well written?