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My Guest Post: 11 Sure-Fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers & What I’ve Been Doing

Hi everyone! How’s everything going? 🙂

My Guest Post

annoyedRecently, I have made a guest post on my friend Gerald Weber’s blog. It’s called

11 Sure-fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers
(Please Don’t Do This)

It talks about 11 sure-fire ways to annoy your readers. Read it so that you would know what to avoid to not annoy your readers. 🙂

Here is one of the points of the post:

1. Writing in gigantic blocks of text

Big text blogs are easy to get lost in. They also strain eyes and make reading difficult.

Because it’s hard to scan. Let alone read.

In fact, a study shows that only 16% of your readers read word-by-word. The rest mostly scan. So at least make it scannable.

I suggest keeping paragraphs 1 to 7 lines long. Then your readers would read your post relaxingly and enjoyably. Ahhhh… 8)

So are you unknowingly annoying your readers?

Go to the post to find out!

11 Sure-fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers (Please Don’t Do This)

I’ll really appreciate it if you could leave a comment or tweet it 🙂 . Thanks!

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What I’ve been doing: The Creative 5 Program

Some of you might have been wondering why I haven’t been posting in a while. Well, it was because my mom and I are doing a project.

It’s a program called The Creative 5.

“Uhh.. well, what’s so creative about
The Creative 5?”

Well, it uses the same 5 story characters, Feathers, Swan, Tablets, Rainbow, and Butterfly, to create over 90 different 5-short-paragraph stories!

It might sound simple but actually it is very challenging to create with these 5 characters a 5=short-paragraph story that is unique, creative, and interesting.

So, if you think you can do it, congratulations! You can join The Creative 5 contest. You only have to pay $1 USD to join, and you’ll also get The Creative 5 Book 1, which usually costs $10.

So, start having fun tickling your creative brain cells and write your own The Creative 5 story now! 🙂
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By the way, I’ve been featured in Tamar Weinberg’s post How Young is Too Young? along with other very young bloggers like myself. Please check them out! =)

So, how are things going for you? I hope you’re doing awesome! 🙂

Cheers!
Gloson

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Blogging

How To Blog Without a Computer

Have you ever thought of blogging without a computer? Well, whenever we write a post, we usually write using computer. But when you are on vacation, or waiting for someone, in a bus/train station, or anywhere without a computer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t blog.

Instead of letting time fly, why not blog?

All you need is a pen/pencil and some paper, or a notebook (not the notebook computer 😛 ).

In this post, I will share with you some tips on blogging without a computer.

Write points first

Firstly, write all the points of your post, not details. Write the points first. Points are more important than details. Only then you write the details.

For example,

Paper A
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|   Point A                      |
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|   Point B                      |
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|   Point C                      |
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|   Point D                      |
|                                    |
|                                    |

Paper B
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|                                    |
|   Point A                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   Point B                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|                                    |

If you have something extra to say in the middle of a sentence, don’t erase it and write it all over again with the extra text! Make a mark like * and write the extra thing to say somewhere else, with that mark. This saves time.

Example:

Paper A
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|   Point A                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   ……… * …………..   |
|   …………………..       |
|   Point B                      |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|   …………………..       |
|                                    |

Paper B
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|  *………………….       |
|   ………………….       |
|   ………………….       |
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Write in shortcuts

You could also write in shortcut, like:

You – write – long story – make – exciting – readers – not sleep.

Simply write all the important and necessary words, make a dash, and move on. When you’ve got access to your computer, you can type in the complete version.

You could also write long stories, but make it exciting so that your readers wouldn’t sleep.

This could save you a lot of space and time.

Write fast

Remember, you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand it. You don’t need to care auobt simpel mispelings. After all, you would need to type the words in the computer later. That’s only where you have to care auobt mispellings. *about misspellings.

About grammar, make changes by simply crossing a word and adding another word on top. Do not erase it and rewrite. It wastes time.

You don’t have to write in a proper way, making sure every letter is beautiful. This is not school. This is just temporary writing.

Oh dear, the curve in the ‘D’ is too big? Never mind. As I already told you, you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand.

Why should you write fast? Simple. It saves time.

Conclusion

Writing articles takes time. When you are outdoors, without a computer, if you blog while you are waiting for something, you save time.

Sometimes, when there are no lessons at school, I write articles. It simply saves me a lot of time sitting there dreaming.

This is also handy if you are out on a vacation without a computer.

Oh, and remember that you can write in whatever way you want, as long as you can understand it.

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3 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

1. Write

The most important step to becoming a better writer – writing! The more you write, the more you experience, and the better writer you will be. Write, write, and write.

2. Read

To be fluent in the language, you must read. If you read, you will get used to the style of the language. If you read a lot, and discover a grammar mistake, you are sure to notices it, right?

My writing used to be very poor. But how did I improve? I read. I read books, blogs, and articles. One day, I realized my writing was better than before.

When you read, you would improve without you actually realizing.

3. Get rid of the fear

Fear – the four-letter word that keeps us from writing. But why do we have fear? It is because we are afraid we would fail. We are afraid people would disagree with us. We are afraid we would make mistakes.

Did you realize that failure is actually a step to succeeding? If we never try, we never know what would work. If we make mistakes, we learn, and become better.

If we make mistakes, we learn, and become a better writer.

Oh, and to summarize it,
Write, read, and get rid of the fear. Eventually, you will be a better writer than you were before.

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Blogging

When To Bold Words

  1. When they are important
  2. When you want people’s attention
  3. When they are a title –Why You Should Eat Slower
  4. When they are a subtitle – “How To Do It
  5. When you want to emphasize their meanings – “These biscuits are really delicious!”
  6. When they are a warning – Warning: Do not eat.
  7. When they are the point – “Moral is, do not disobey your parents.
  8. When they are something people must know – “Put the dish in the basin, not the edge of it.”
  9. When you want to remind a person of something important you mentioned – Remember, do not touch the gorilla.
  10. When you want to make the changes more visible –
    Wrong: The train are here.
    Correct: The train is here.”