Better Writing

A few years ago, when making the transition from Xanga to MySpace, I discovered the sexy-bathroom-mirror-self-portrait trend. Like any painfully unique and angsty almost-20 year old, I immediately donned a low-cut wife-beater, flashed a sultry peace sign, and snapped a picture of my reflection on my Motorola Razr camera phone. Around the time that people […]

Ah, possessives.  They drive us crazy. In an ideal world, the writers of dictionaries and the big kahunas of language would decide that a new language structure to supplant those evil possessives MUST be put into effect, and we’d never have to worry about adding an apostrophe in the wrong spot ever again.  Our lives […]

Determining Your Blog’s Meta-Narrative

by Kendra on April 21, 2011 · 2 comments

When we talked a few weeks ago about the importance of a meta-narrative for your blog, a reader asked one how to determine what your meta-narrative should be. It’s a good question. To quickly review, your meta-narrative is the overarching story that explains and gives merit to individual events or stories. In the blog world […]

I did it. Rachel did it. We’ve all done it. And the blogs that stop doing it are the blogs that stay around for the long haul. So what is the big rookie mistake that first-time bloggers make? Writing like you are a woman’s magazine. The joy of a blog is that behind the health […]

The Art of Storytelling

by Ashley on March 31, 2011 · 7 comments

When I graduated from college in 2006 and set out to pursue a reporting career, I wasn’t deterred by the fact that very few people pick up a newspaper anymore and that the ones who do won’t be around in 20 or 30 years. Whether it’s published on news print or online, good reporters — […]

When you write a post do you think about how that post will fit within your meta-narrative? No? Not even a little? You don’t even know if your blog has a meta-narrative? Then…we need to talk. Pull up a chair and grab your bowl of oatmeal. Today, we’re going to talk about the meaning of […]

Grammar Grabs: Wielding the Red Pen

by Rachel on January 26, 2011 · 7 comments

We talk a lot about good grammar and about good commenting, but I got a comment on my blog the other day that brought up a good point: how to comment on a blog that features a lot of bad grammar. It was on my post about how to start a blog. The comment said: […]

Grammar Grabs: Their, There, They’re

by Laura on January 13, 2011 · 7 comments

The two most exciting moments of my kindergarten life were when I learned to spell “beautiful” correctly… And when I learned to use these three top offenders correctly. So, in the spirit of the New Year, of looking back (man, did I have a lot of colorful corduroys when I was 5!) and looking forward […]

Do You Write Your Blog or Read Your Blog?

by Bridget on December 21, 2010 · 10 comments

Whether your blog is the way you earn a living or just your weight loss journal, there is one thing you can do that can improve it significantly: Read your own blog. Sure, we all read our posts to make sure there are no obvious spelling mistakes and that the pictures are all formatted how […]

Putting a Cap on Your Recaps

by Ashley on December 20, 2010 · 16 comments

Whether it’s a blogger’s tale of his first marathon or her recent vacation to Europe, recap posts of major events are some of my favorite reads. When someone writes about an event in which he is emotionally invested, his personality shines through. That’s the best. But when a recap is broken down mile-by-mile, bite-by-bite, minute-by-minute, it’s […]

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