December 7, 2012
by Denise Krebs
We do writing differently in the 21st century than we did in the 20th century. When I was a student in the last century, I never had an option to make my writing interactive with URLs because there was no such thing as the Internet. I could add color photos if they were developed and printed from film, cut out from a magazine and glued onto my paper, or colored by my own hand.
Ah, but now it’s a different world. We can add all kinds of cool things to our writings.
Here are four ways you can make your writing a better fit for the 21st century. It’s a B.E.A.D. for your blog.
Add URLs to help your reader learn more beyond the topic about which you are writing. Link to examples, applications, interesting side bars, or related blog posts by you or others.
E is for Ease
Formatting helps your reader get the most out of what you say. Use more paragraphing on blog posts than you would on a regular paper. Otherwise, people might just take a quick look at your long paragraph of text and say “tl;dr.”
Be kind on the eyes of the readers. Besides paragraphing, you can also vary the fonts by using bold, italics, and HEADINGS as needed.
Create a beautiful blog post. Add interest with photos, clipart, illustrated quotes and other graphic images. This not only makes it beautiful, but it also helps visual learners better understand your post. Of course, always remember to use only original, Creative Commons, and subscription clipart for your graphics.
Add URLs to help your reader go deeper into the topic you are writing about. Give background information, definitions, and link to your sources. People who care about your topic will appreciate the links that will help them get to know more about your topic. If you want to go deeper into advanced blogging skills, don’t miss the Student Blogging Challenge every March and September.
Take advantage of the 21st century and your ability to make your blog post much more than just the words. Add value to your blog posts with meaningful links and images. Make it interactive, wide, deep, easy-to-read, and beautiful.
I tried to illustrate what I meant in this blog post.
Do you see evidence of B.E.A.D. in this post?