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Saw this here and liked it a lot…
Some rules for writing in English
1. Always avoid alliteration.
2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
3. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
4. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
5. Remember to never split an infinitive.
6. Contractions aren’t necessary.
7. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos, French is passé.
8. One should never generalize.
9. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous. 10. Be more or less specific.
11. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
12. The passive voice is to be avoided.
13. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
14. Who needs rhetorical questions?
15. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
16. Don’t never use no double negation.
17. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
18. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
19. A preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.
20. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!!!!!
21. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
22. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; they’re old hat; seek viable alternatives.
The theory: There are two kinds of bloggers, referential and experiential. Kottke is one. I, now two weeks too late in realizing this, am another.
The referential blogger uses the link as his fundamental unit of currency, building posts around ideas and experiences spawned elsewhere: Look at this. Referential bloggers are reporters, delivering pointers to and snippets of information, insight or entertainment happening out there, on the Intraweb. They can, and do, add their own information, insight and entertainment to the links they unearth — extrapolations, juxtapositions, even lengthy and personal anecdotes — but the outward direction of their focus remains their distinguishing feature.
The experiential blogger is inwardly directed, drawing entries from personal experience and opinion: How about this. They are storytellers (and/or bores), drawing whatever they have to offer from their own perspective. They can, and do, add links to supporting or explanatory information, even unique and undercited external sources. But their motivation, their impetus, comes from a desire to supply narrative, not reference it.
And, the point then drawn in that post is that the referential blogger is more akin to the editor, while the blogger journaling her/his activities and thoughts fits the mold of the writer. Support for this idea here too at Adage – A Blogger is Just a Writer with a Cooler Name.
Behind every venture there exists a certain amount of introspection and contemplation. The Jamoker site for me (obviously) includes a LOT of both. And, apart from the stories about the job search and various irreverent (tasteless?) things I come across and decide to promote, there has been an internal challenge to discover/develop a style and voice. Based on the above definition, I believe I lean MUCH more to the experiential side. I'm more a writer than an editor (maybe an editor would have squashed most of what I felt worth posting???).
You should consider your style. Think about your voice.
Are you an editor or a writer?
Charlie’s most difficult employee should never have been hired. Charlie had, in fact, selected another candidate for the open position. But, a higher up had instead chosen the blond, single and well-endowed applicant. That the higher up wasn’t around much longer was fitting irony. Charlie was left with someone else’s problem. After being hired, the blond, single and well-endowed employee informed Charlie she was the product of a broken home and had a family history of mental illness. Despite this admission Charlie gave her the benefit of the doubt. The admission was merely a precursor to (or excuse for) trouble, however. After the transition period, her true split personality came out. She expected to be treated differently than the other employees. She couldn’t take Read the rest of this entry »
In the years before Delta got the promotion, Charlie dealt with more than his fair share of adversity. Chief among those difficulties he faced was the problem of junior employees who possessed few job skills but exhibited multiple personality quirks. Charlie, in his Read the rest of this entry »