Everything Moved!

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Current | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have moved my writing to a new location Here.  I’ll be adding a lot of new content in the next few days.

See you there soon!

Thanks and have a great day,

Eric 🙂

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Tips For Writing a Great Blog

Posted on May 27, 2008. Filed under: Misc, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few people have asked me about tips for writing a blog and how to get more readers. Here are some tips that should help you improve your blog. I’ll offer what advice I can…

My credentials: I don’t really have any, other than I write passionately about what I am interested in and passionate about. I get about 400 pageviews a day, but I also post a few times a day as well. I don’t link to or promote this blog. What I write gets chosen by you. I offer it; you read it. That’s it.

If there is any key to successful writing it is: write about something that energizes you.

Go through this list of tips and keep track of which ones you already do and which ones you need improvement on. When you’re done, go through it again!

General Tips:

  • Write about something you like/enjoy.
  • Say what you think and what’s on your mind. Be honest.
  • Write like crazy, until your fingers hurt.
  • Style and personality: it will make itself evident if you write what you are passionate about.
  • Writing great content helps. It gets recognized and acknowledged by people.

Specific Tips:

  • Use good titles
  • Proofread and edit your posts.
  • Use proper spelling and grammar. Don’t get sloppy or lazy.
  • Tweak it. See how it looks and make appropriate changes.
  • Update posts with new and additional information.
  • Write short paragraphs for your readers. Comfort is everything when reading and big chunky paragraphs are hard on the eyes and easy to lose your place. People usually scan when reading on the net.
  • Keep it brief, but not too brief. People have a lot to do during the day and can’t spend all their time reading your post. Be concise, but explain yourself adequately. Don’t drown your readers in details.
  • Don’t bore your readers, and whatever you do, don’t write like a encyclopedia. Don’t be technical. People read blogs because of their causal style and to read others’ personal thoughts and experiences.
  • Use bulleted lists (like this one) to list items or to emphasize several main points.
  • Follow-up posts with comments and become involved in discussion. Stir interest by asking your readers a question.

I think titles matter, because people won’t click it if the title doesn’t interest them. The first few lines of your post matter for the same reason, and I’m working on that…

The best advice I can offer for this is general advice: write what you are passionate about and others will be interested in reading it. Don’t bore your readers. If it doesn’t interest you passionately, write about something else. Readers can tell whether or not you are interested in what you’re writing about.

If you want more info, please read:

I hope this helps,

Eric

P.S. If you liked this post and found it useful, feel free to link to it and bookmark it on del.icio.us.

If you have any tips you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section.

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It’s a Big Place Out There…

Posted on May 23, 2008. Filed under: Life, You | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The internet is a pretty big place. In fact, it’s huge. There are billions of webpages with tens, if not hundreds, of millions of websites. It can be easy to feel lost and overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. It can be difficult to find what you are looking for and get to where you want to be, let alone getting others to find you. Whatever you have online: a blog, a site, or an article, it is just a tiny, tiny piece of the internet. It is minute, minuscule, insignificant. Getting a larger piece of the pie can be a daunting task, but don’t be discouraged. You have to start somewhere. Just take it one step at a time.

The web is very much a microcosm of the world. Both are huge, nearly-endless places full of opportunities and unknowns. Both can be difficult to navigate, but both can be figured out well enough to get around to where you need to go. How you go about it is important. Take it one step at a time and learn a little bit each day and soon you’ll have a good handle on things. Don’t stop learning or trying new things. Concentrate on learning and improving and enjoying the journey.

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