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  1. jonny hankins
    jonny hankins at |

    I find it helpful to have a deadline. Writing once a week means that I have a certain period to think about the post, research it and put it up. I keep my un-posted pieces though, and as I move on I look back at them occasionally, or something reminds me of one and I go back to it and update it, until I think that it is publishable. Don’t aim for perfection, just ask the question “is it adequate for what I want to do?” If it is you can post it, if not, leave it in the folder until inspiration takes you.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
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      Check out the drafts archive, and there are quite a few unfinished posts by me in there, and I usually never get round to finishing them, or improving them to – as you put it – make them publishable.

      I like your idea, and am slowly trying to relax my personal scrutiny, however its hard! Some people are way to easy on themselves, whist others are too self-critical – the later is me!

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  2. Lillie Ammann
    Lillie Ammann at |

    Christopher,

    I like a casual, conversational style of writing. That’s how I write and what I like to read. Lately I have been editing several doctoral dissertations, and it seems they are filled with big words when little words mean the same thing and long, convoluted sentences. If it can be said effectively in three words, academia wants you to use six words. When I read blogs, I want to feel like I’m carrying on a conversation with the blogger, and an informal, casual style does that.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
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      Thanks for the support Lillie, I also like the style, but was slightly concerned, hence why I asked for your opinion – well, not just you ;-)

      When possible I don’t shy away from using ‘better’ words, ones with greater depth and meaning, which convey what I want to say in better [more educated] way, but I don’t see the point in substituting simplicity for complexity without a need!

      “If it can be said effectively in three words, academia wants you to use six words.” – and the rest! I imagine when you look at academic work it is completely different to that of the books and blogs you are used to.

      If you have something to say, say it!

      …or as our academic friends would say:
      Should one have a message they wish to convey, as opposed to taking a more long-winded approach, such as a formalised academic style, which is likely to discombobulate ones reader, one should aim to get straight to the point, using as simple terminology and as few words as possible. ;-)

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  3. Nishadha@Diagramming Blog

    I guess this is a phase all blogger go through one time or another. Most blogs get around this by accepting / encouraging guest posts, going for multi-author blog etc. At a personal level I think it’s about managing your ideas. While reading a blog post you might suddenly get a great idea for a blog post, but once you finished the blog post and move onto some other thing you might forget that idea. I use QuickFox notes in FF and soon as I get an idea write it down, so I can always browse it later when stuck for ideas.

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  4. Neil@Sydney Website Design

    Hi Christopher,

    Setting a schedule could help, another idea may be to carry around a small notebook and jot down blogging ideas when ideas come up.

    I don’t see a problem with the conversational style, I think it is quite fitting for a blog.

    Cheers

    Neil

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Thanks for the tips Neil.

      I am glad you like the style :-)

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    2. domesticape
      domesticape at |

      Hi all.

      I love the note book idea, my partner suggested that the other day while I was trying to recall some obscure topic I had decided would make a great post, but had forgotten. A lot of the ideas for posts I get that I think are really great are most often had miles from my PC, doing some unrelated task like fishing or working on an engine.
      Infact I’m going to head out right now and get a small “ideas” notebook!

      :) dom

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      1. Christopher Roberts
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        Carrying a little note book with you is great advice Dom, I often do it. You would be amazed at how many ideas I have relating to articles and improvements from the blog. Whenever I am away and have some spare time, I often find myself thinking of new ways to do things, ideas for articles and how to improve!

        Thank you for adding your view, welcome to the Technology Bloggers community :-)
        Christopher – Admin Team

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