I’m not really one of memes, unless they’re of the genetic variety, but Jangari tagged me so here goes. (By the way, speaking of Jangari, anyone know if matha ‘language’ in Yolŋu is likly to be cognate with matjjin?) The meme is ‘good blog writing tips’.
- Be a bit careful what you write about. This is perhaps especially important for faculty, and for non-anonymous blogs. There’s no rule that ‘what gets put on the blog stays on the blog’ – what gets posted affects real life too. Hence my rule of no Rice-related posts on my blog, unless it’s to announce PhD defences or similar cool things. It’s just simpler if everyone knows that nothing personal and nothing department-related is likely to end up online.
- Write about things that you find interesting, not what you think your audience might like. For me, this blog is more musings on stuff I find interesting than it is something intended to be read by a huge audience (I get about 100 hits per day, which is about 1% of language log’s audience, by way of comparison). I also don’t know who reads it (although I can name some of the usual suspects) so second-guessing my audience would be hard.
- Write regularly. I also agree with Jangari about revising until you’re happy with the result (that goes for all writing) but the best way to get better at writing is to write a lot.