SOME BLOGGING TIPS

SOME ADVICE FOR BUDDING BLOGGERS

1.  Remember your target audience.  What I mean by this is look at the title of the post E.G. 10 ways SMALL IRISH BUSINESSES can utilise Facebook and Twitter.  Whilst I got some great material on how to use these media, I would like to have seen some examples of Irish businesses currently using the strategies that you are proposing.

2.  Ban the words massive/massively from your vocabulary.  I know its a Corkism but these type of vague adjectives do not add anything to your argument.

3.  Statistics.  If you quote statistics please link to the sources of them.  Remember the old adage, lies, damn lies and statistics.

4.  Don’t begin a blog post telling people what you’ll be writing about, e.g. In this post I’ll be …………..

5. Use images to illustrate your points and also to break up lots of text.  Make your post easily scan read.

6.  Be European – avoid American slang and spelling – if it looks copied and pasted then it probably is.

7. Contextualise your links – I won’t click on a link if I don’t know what I’m going to get out of it.  Also don’t send me to source data that is out of date or from a source that is not credible.

8. No ugly urls please.

9. Spelling and grammar.  If you’re not a naturally good writer type your post in Word and correctly for spelling and grammar there – even better, have someone else read it and give you feedback.

10. READ READ READ…. the only way to become a good writer is to read good writers.  I can tell from reading some of your posts that some of you haven’t been reading other blogs.

11.  Keep writing, editing and rewriting.  Good content creation is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

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Writing is a struggle against silence

This week you are faced with your first writing task on the masters programme.  For some of you it is probably a daunting task.  Some advice that you might want to follow:

  1. Take the title and do an outline of what you think the article should contain.
  2. Do some research on reputable source websites, mashable, forbes etc (see a full list on your module descriptor)
  3. Write…… this might sound obvious but some times the blank screen can be intimidating.  I suggest starting your writing in word before you post it online.
  4. GRAMMAR, SYNTAX, PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING ARE NOT OPTIONAL EXTRAS!  Proof reading is a MUST!!!
  5. Make your post visually appealing, use pictures, video links and remember to use links to source material – not long urls
  6. If you are really struggling ask a classmate or post a query on blackboard.

Best of luck,

Colette