There are always going to be social and literary protocols when it comes to pieces of writing. Of course, when dealing with a blog there is a whole other aspect that affects how one should write, and that is the internet. Here are some “dos” and “don’ts” when it comes to blogging. Of course, this mainly applies to Literature blogs however, I think it’s safe to say that posting just anything written on the internet is asking for some trouble.
1. Proper grammar: blogging is like online journaling, and though some people write for themselves, it is always a good idea to make sure that you use good grammar. It makes it easy on readers, and doesn’t discredit what you are saying. Using slang is okay, it provides more incite into who you are as a person, but do not get carried away as it can detract from the information you are presenting. Even though blogging is informal, how well you use grammar affects how people view you as a blogger.
2. Analysis: When discussing a major topic, provide some analysis. Though you may be trying to present the facts, add some analysis to provide further information and interpretation into a subject. It does not have to be extremely indebt but it should be about a paragraph or a few sentences describing your thoughts about the facts and what they mean.
3. Some Background Information: This can be part of both what not to do and what to do. Background information or plot summary, when referring to literary works, can be useful to readers. It provides them with an understanding on what you are discussing and possibly analyzing. It also shows your knowledge on a literary work or subject and how passionate you may be. This can actually attract readers, if you are similarly passionate about certain subjects. This should be around a paragraph or simply a few sentences.
4. Organization: If you are discussing a topic, it’s really frustrating as a reader to completely jump from one topic to the next. Be structured, be organized and make a point to what you are saying. This may be a journal of a sorts, but not having a point in any piece of writing is well…pointless, for you and the reader.
1. Extensive Background information: Having too much background information or plot summary detracts from what you are discussing and analyzing. If it doesn’t help your argument in analysis, then don’t add it. If it does, make sure to summarize it concisely, but informally. Remember, passion does help make a statement, but being too passionate can come off as a bit creepy.
2. Profanity: Informal writing can often reflect how we speak, and many of us use profanity on a daily basis. However, the use of profanity can also detract from an argument or topic. There is no need to casually drop swear words every few sentences, especially if they are unnecessary. It doesn’t help what you are trying to say, even if it is a form of expression. Remember you still have an audience to consider, though this is an informal piece of writing.
What Should Be Graded By Mr. Beddingfield:
- Some Analysis