Praise where praise is due…

I’ve noticed a strange trend online in the past few weeks. There seems to be a tendency for people to praise the writing of bloggers whose writing skills are, actually, often marginal.

I’m all in favour of encouraging people to write well – I’ve written quite a lot on the subject – but praise should be given where it’s genuinely warranted. By telling someone who’s not really that great how wonderful they are, you give them false confidence, and minimise any inclination to self-analysis and improvement, because it’s a sad fact that writers are too close to their work, very often, to see errors and defects without making an effort to do so – and I do mean all of us.

Far too many, it seems, fail to Continue reading

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Attract visitors to your blog – first step, write one…

A seemingly perpetual question in the WordPress forums is “How do I attract visitors to my blog?” Often posed by people who have written bugger all beyond “Hey, look, this is my new blog!” Big deal…

To get people to visit your blog you have to write. A lot. More importantly, you have to write well and interestingly and – a personal bugbear this – you have to know where the spell-check button is and use it obsessively! And don’t overuse Continue reading

Writing your WordPress blog posts in Word…

Note: If you came here for the Firefox 3 bookmarks info, it’s right at the end.

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Writing your posts in Word then transferring them to WordPress is a breeze – but you must do it right.

When I joined WordPress, one thing I didn’t like was the text input pane on the Add New Post page. True, you can expand this to full page, but I find it a little clunky, not least because of the small font (yes, I do know how to make it larger, that’s not Continue reading