Words are my friends. I enjoy writing them. I really enjoy reading them. It would make perfect sense that I studied them in school. I don’t criticize the way others use them. I don’t correct the mistakes others make. I do enjoy a good, grammatically correct read. I also enjoy a grammatically incorrect read if the content is interesting. I’m not a word snob or a grammar junky. In fact, I make spelling errors and forget to check my grammar. Sometimes I’m too busy to check my post before it goes live. Sometimes I run the ABC check and move on with life. I’m not perfect so I don’t expect anyone else to be.
My areas of blog interest vary. My list includes people I know in real life and those I haven’t yet met (in real life). I’ve always enjoyed reading about people’s lives, but now I have an avid interest in babies who are the same age as my son. I enjoy the communications field, whether that’s graphic design, writing, or websites. I haven’t found too many blogs that I don’t enjoy following. While I do have my favorites, they are my favorites for various reasons. Some of the writers have an awesome sense of blog speak. (Yes, I believe that’s a technical term.) They do a great job of talking to the reader and engaging. Other’s have awesome stories to tell. And some just post amazing photographs. For the most part, I’m not swayed by the blog design. I care more about the content. (But, in my career world both are equally important!) I don’t actually know what the design is for most of my favorite reads. I read all my blogs in Google Reader so there’s no HTML content. (Read: flashy visuals) (Also read: I’m trying to be diligent about posting comments on said blogs in my reader.)
I struggle with some blog concepts. I struggle with the purpose behind the piece. In my career world, purpose statements are essential to a quality communication. Is your corner of the world a place to keep family up-to-date on your life? Is your blog your online journal? Is this your way of documenting your child’s life? Are you trying to share your experiences with others? What’s the purpose of the words you type?
I will admit, my blog needs refreshed. New theme and header! Yay!
My tagline (also known as my purpose statement) needs updated.
My overall view on the blog needs refreshed.
I’m in no position to judge anyone else’s writing, but sometimes I feel like people just don’t get it. While I am not perfect and my blog is not perfect, I know I “get it.” I know what I need to do. I know how I need to accomplish it. Now, knowing and doing are two different things. Just because I know doesn’t mean I don’t lose focus sometimes. Or, just because I know doesn’t mean I have time to follow through. Sometimes I get a little sidetracked in my writing. Sometimes I stray from my purpose. Sometimes I just need to use my little piece of the Internet as a journal. Afterall, it’s my little corner and I’m the one clicking away on the keyboard. I hope that when I do stray or go off on a tangent, that you can still connect the dots to my purpose statement. I hope that my readers (aka Internet friends) don’t feel like they are chasing a bouncing ball. I hope they get something out of the content. Maybe it’s just seeing pictures of a growing baby or gaining exposure to what it’s like to raise a child. I do hope that when I venture out, other’s can relate or understand where I’m coming from. I hope I’m not blindly typing away or rambling endlessly about nothing in general. I hope that you can follow my thoughts and I write in a clear and concise manner. After all, my background has taught me to do so.
For those of you taking notes:
- Figure out the purpose for your blog.
- Stick to it.
- Don’t make your readers feel like they are bouncing around trying to follow your run-on sentences.
- Connect your content. If it doesn’t relate, make a new post.
- And proof read your post!
2 thoughts on “Figure it out, stick to it, and proof read!”
I’ll admit, I am a grammar snob. 🙂 But not so much in casual writing…like blogs. I enjoy reader-friendly writing and I think people should have a concept of the basics like “your/you’re”, “there/their/they’re”, but spelling errors that happen from typing quickly etc, aren’t a big deal to me.
What I appreciate the most…honesty. Good and bad. I don’t enjoy reading when I don’t feel someone is authentic.
All that being said, I enjoy your blog! I don’t always comment, but I read and I love watching M grow too. 🙂 He and Lily are so close in age that it’s fun for me to see a boy his age. My OWN boy is 11!
You nailed it Steph! I think I also give more room for error when it’s a blog. And, I love the casual voice because it helps me connect with the reader.
I have been enjoying your comments. I promise I will show the love too! My reader is really full right now. I have a lot of catching up to do! Please don’t speak of ELEVEN YEAR OLD CHILDREN! Let’s bask in the 6 month olds for a bit longer….