Archive | September 2011

TOW: Comments?

Why are comments important for blogs?

Why should I care if someone wants to ridicule my writings?

Also, why should I care if someone wants to praise my writings? (if that would happen)

Blog comments, despite all of these questions, are a good source of feedback from the public.  Comments also lend credibility to your posts that have positive comments on it.  People who can’t form their own opinions about things will be able to look at the comments left on your blog and think, “Hey, this person likes this blog…so will I!” So I think that should be taken into account when talking about comments on blogs.  In the harsh light of spam comments and comments are not constructive in any way, I may have developed a negative opinion of comments general.  To put it into perspective: I’ve seen youtube before.  Comments, from my experience, are where people on the internet tend to voice their opinion in a colorful and creative way…colorful and creative being mean and deconstructive.  The only time people put any sort of effort in writing a comment is when they are looking to be cleverly devilish.  I would give examples, but this is for a class, so for the sake of those who will read this (mostly the professor) I won’t print any of them.

I rarely leave comments and maybe most people who actually have something to say feel the same way about comments and that’s why they decide against leaving any comments.  What I may have learned from analyzing comments is that I should leave more comments and change the way people perceive comments.  People, as a collective whole, determine what comments are put on the internet and if we can convince idiots and scornful individuals that comments aren’t cool then we may saturate the wave-links with more insightful commentary.

All that being said, don’t comment.

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TOW: Analog vs. Digital, Which is Worse? (Tips for Blogging)

Digital is worse.

Alright, first of all: that’s not true. Second of all: it’s not a question of which one is better or worse, they are just different.  I don’t know if there was a question, but I gave an answer.

Let me show you the differences between writing for analog and digital media by explaining 10 do’s and dont’s for writing for online reading and tips for “blogging.”

#10. “Don’t” Use the N-word.

You’ll get in trouble…and it’s not nice.

#9. “Do” Keep posts short.

If you’re making a post make it short. Keep sentences short.

Keep paragraphs brief.

#8. “Don’t” Be redundant.

It’s not cool. It’s not stylish. It distorts your point, like a rounded square.

#7. “Do” Be clear.

When you ramble and ramble your audience might lose the information that you are trying to display, it’s like the theory of special relativity (Einstein, I think), displays how things can be perceived differently by different people and something that makes sense to you might not make any tomatoes to anyone else.

#6. “Don’t” Use run-on sentences.

Run-on sentences, as funny as they may be, are difficult to read.

#5. “Don’t” Use large pretentious words.

They are obnoxious. I don’t know if that’s me trying to be pretentious or if I was being obnoxious in my facetious facade.

#4. “Don’t” Use annoying alliteration.

Is it bad that I’m coming up with these rules as I’m breaking them?

#3. “Don’t” Ask questions.

Make statements. Readers don’t want you to ask their opinion, they want to hear yours. If they have something to say they will leave a comment.

#2. “Do” Have enough to say for an entire post.

Well…those are my ten tips for blogging I hope this was helpful, but not too helpful.  Sometimes you have to figure things out on your own…it builds character.

See ya later.

TOW: Grammar Girl. Metaphors. Similes.

The only difference between metaphors and similes is the inclusion or exclusion of the word “like.” …or is it?

It isn’t.

This blog has taught that the difference between these two literary icons is much greater than just the word, “like.” However I still maintain the fact that the word “like” is a dead giveaway and warning sign of simile.  Metaphors, being more concrete, offer a greater illusion and real imagery to the words and the items being metaphorically described. Similes, on the other hand, are used to describe various ideas to people (depending on how basic an idea, “morons”) in the simplest form. More specifically, using an idea that they are more familiar with and find similarities in what you are trying to describe. Similarities…maybe that’s where the term “similes” comes from, but anyways I digress.

What surprised me about this blog post was the detail that was taken to describe how metaphors and similes are used, as opposed to just how to identify them.

I would like to know more about metaphors; they seem so much more interesting than similes. Metaphors are Muhammad Ali and similes are my uncle Mike; similes would go down in the first round.

TOW: FOX News Blog

The Great American Blog…that is Sean Hannity’s, if you couldn’t tell just from the name. Apparently this isn’t just a great American blog, it is the Great American Blog.  Anyways, the interesting thing about this blog is its mixture of more personal posts and posts related to new stories.

The blog of America includes many different kinds of posts.  Some posts relate to Sean Hannity as an individual and a celebrity figure, like some of his posts in reference to his magazine covers such as Newsmax.  Or similarly, promotion of guests on his show or his friends who have things that need to be promoted.  The other posts are in relation to relevant news stories that are honestly few are far between.  Of the most recent posts on the blog, only one out of ten is a legitimate news story.  I find this to be more troubling in reference to the fact that this is supposed to be a “news blog” and majority of the posts are not related to real news.  Maybe this speaks to the fact that the twenty-four hour news cycle makes it seem as though there are not as many important stories as unnecessary ones.

Something Hannity does very well that any blogger can learn from: it is his self-promotion.  As far as promotion in general goes people usually have a hard time promoting themselves, specifically. Self promotion is something that you need to do shamelessly and Sean Hannity obviously has no shame.  All insincerity aside, this is a great blog…