Rules are meant to keep things, such as the game of soccer, fair and safe. This applies to our blogs as well. As we begin to blog and learn more about blogging, we will be adding to our list of rules. I hope you will notice that our blogging rules are very similar to the rules used in “regular” writing.
- Always start a sentence with a capital letter.
- Always end a sentence with punctuation like . ? !
- IF YOU WRITE EVERY WORD IN CAPITAL LETTERS, IT MEANS YOU ARE SHOUTING. Please don’t shout. It hurts my ears.
- Use an exclamation mark (maximum of three!!!) if you are excited, passionate or annoyed about something.
a lot (not alot)
two, to, too
yeah (not ya)
you (not u)
your (not ur)
- you took the photo yourself. Please don’t include pictures of faces, for now!
- you drew it on paper and took a photo of it.
- you used a computer program to make it.
A post is often like a conversation starter. It is usually written by the owner of the blog. A comment is a piece of writing that keeps this conversation going. Comments usually come from visitors to the blog and the owner of the blog. I find that the most interesting writing comes in the comments. Maybe this is because it forces you to think more deeply about the topic. Some good advice for comments:Be sure that you are taking the time to actually add something of value to the conversation. Let’s avoid one word responses like “Great!”, “Cool!” and “OK”. Consider using the TAG format to “Tell something positive”, “Ask a question” and then “Give a suggestion”.Stay positive and polite. You do not have to agree with everyone’s opinion but you must be respectful of it. You can use phrases like “I respectfully disagree…” or “Have you considered…?”