There are numerous posts about how to write blog posts. Make it easy to read with short paragraphs, broken up with headings, bold text and photos. It goes without saying that said blog post is well written, spell and grammar checked etc. Preferably in a readable font and with a comment system that doesn't require your life history! With a hero picture.
In his 1948 essay, Politics and The English Language, George Orwell listed a number of bad writing habits that he believed were signs of the corruption in political thought at the time:
- Pretentious diction
- Meaningless words
- Dead metaphors
- Hackneyed phrases
Orwell suggested guidelines to avoid this:
- Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word when a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive when you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of those rules rather than say anything that is outright barbarous.
If when you're reading Someplace Strange and feel like you've been out for a coffee with your slightly mad, opinionated, left-wing, rather sarcastic Christian friend and had a good time, then my work is done!
Any other advice?
In other news, I'm going to my first blogger event next week, the #LLBlogMeet organised by JJ over at Love London. Apart from myself and beer money, what should I take? (Not nervous. No. Not me!) Anyone else going to this?
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