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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

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Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

Via Lauren Moss, Martina Friesenbichler
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I love the 92% of companies who blog multiple times a day have acquired a customer from their blog stat. You might wonder how that could work. How can a company blog multiple times a day?

Shorten up your blog posts and widen your content curation and creation path and creating multiple post a day is possible. Each post has a unique URL so they shouldn't step on each other too badly (and that is another good reason to create a wide swath of content).

Brain Pickings is a great example of the power of intense blogging for long periods. Maria Popova's blog has almost 11,000 pages in Google, a PageRank of 7 and almost 11,000 inbound links. Smart content distributed across a wide swath with multiple posts a day can create a powerful SEO position.

My blog writing tips:

* Write in present tense verbs (sounds FAST).
* Short sentences without connections (and, but, so hurt more than they help online).

* Bullet points are good, great visual support is better.
* Match written content to visual support.

* Avoid "stop words" like "him, her, it, they".

* Be specific (use keywords whenever possible).
* Don't sweat grammar but watch the spelling.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Help Write Cure Cancer Starter's Intro Video Script [i.e. SAVE Marty]

Help Write Cure Cancer Starter's Intro Video Script [i.e. SAVE Marty] | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Cure Cancer Starter is a new idea created with leading cancer centers and cancer survivor and...
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I just finished the first draft of the Who We Are video script for my crowdfunding cancer charity Cure Cancer Starter and it is BAD, and I don't mean BAD in a good way (lol). 

If you have some expertise in creating video or just want to help out let me know in comments or by LIKING us on Facebook and I will be glad to share a draft of the BAD SCRIPT so we can create a GOOD SCRIPT together (lol).M  

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Atomic Bomb Author Promises Blow Up In Writing Demands

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Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, and of 23 other books, delivered one of the keynotes at this year’s Mayborn Conference for Literary Journalism. 

 

Here are five top takeaways from that address, followed by an edited transcript of his talk and a snippet from the Q-and-A session that followed....

 

[Inspiring read for writers, bloggers, PR and content marketing pros - JD]

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My favorite piece of this inspiring keynote by a favorite author discusses writing's sweat equity with writing the book at hand not chasing some perfect mental mirage:

The book in your head may be the platonically ideal book you could write, while the book you do write may seem a poor beast indeed, Caliban to your ideal book’s Prospero. But the book you write is real. And when you finish, you can hold it in your hands. And when you’re ready, you can share it with others. The world will be a little warmer place as a result.

And

To extract meaning from the real takes imagination. (indeed)


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Why I Write Out of FEAR and JOY Every Damn Day

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I write out of FEAR. Writing, ability so many take for granted is a magic carpet ride for me. I had dyslexia so bad in 2nd grade I had to draw stick figures above words I was trying to spell.

I write every day now to keep gears oiled, share discoveries and the joy of being alive. The second brick that fell into the dam for me was hearing "cancer" and my name in the same sentence.

"Wait," I remember thinking, "There was supposed to be more time. As it turned out there was more time, but getting into the habit of writing and sharing 1,000 words a day helps me feel I'm not taking TIME for granted nearly as much as before.

This note links to GooglePlus where two friends kid me about being verbose. I wanted to be sure and share WHY I write daily - because I'm scared if I stop writing or slow down rust will set in and I will regret not sharing something that needed sharing.

Both fears may, at this point, be irrational, but the habit is set and beneficial for me. Since reading may be the most voluntary of acts I'd always assumed my "verbosity" was understood (it wasn't) and my readers knew how much joy the ability to match words that float in my mind out through my fingers and to you creates (they didn't).

I write out of a desire to share and because every word reminds me how far we've come. The note on GPlus explains the role my mom played. Moms are amazing and mine wouldn't hear anything other than we had a problem (dyslexia) and for every problem there is a solution. If that meant a little more work then that is what we would do.

Moms are amazing and so are friends. Hope this note on GPlus explains why writing is such a magic carpet ride for me.

 

 

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Transmedia Writing Tells Stories Across Media and It Is HARD [video]

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Geoff Livingston:  "Stories told across multi-platform media environments — or transmedia stories as they are commonly called on the edge — require more complex writing. A story unfolds across diverse media with readers/viewers opting in to each layer."

 

[Excellent look at the challenge of writing for Transmedia ~ Jeff]


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