Over the years, I have noticed a continuous deterioration in writing skills, not just among high school graduates but also those in the media. We’ve all noted grammatical blunders in newspapers and magazines, and we’ve seen it first hand on television news updates. (You know, the ‘Breaking News’ text). I’ve made some myself, it’s like a slap in the face when you notice it.
A few years ago I worked at a private college in a beautiful outback town. I was employed as a teacher’s assistant and on this particular day, the educator asked for my help to support a male student.
The task was to guide him through writing an essay on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After discussing the movie, he drafted his report.
When I read the prose, I was flabbergasted to discover he had written it in text message format. Complete with U and LOL.
Nevertheless, some of the worst writing ever to emerge is from the BLOGOSPHERE.
As a frequent blogger, I take an interest in other blogs, reading those that appeal to me. It seems, though, that many of the blogs are not as strongly written as they once were.
Some of the subject matter is alright if it isn’t disguised by shoddy penmanship or a common shortfall – finishing a sentence without explaining the meaning or context.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to read the content over and search for flaws. Copy editing also identifies sentences that are ‘mind dumps’ from the author. They make perfect sense to the writer but require several read-throughs before someone else can understand what they are trying to say.
Time and patience are needed to create an exceptional blog. There’s a lot more to it than simply writing your post.
Building a successful blog is hard work, I know because I have two, but the purpose of this article is not to stop you writing blogs, on the contrary, it is to better prose.
You’ll benefit by writing clearly and concisely and your readers will enjoy your work. It’s wonderful to share your experiences and insight with others so please don’t stop writing blogs.
Just stop writing crap.
I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories and articles I feel are worth writing about.