Dish, Sully. “How Blogging Makes You A Better Writer.” The Dish. N.p., 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. <http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/09/18/blogging-makes-you-a-better-writer/>.
My new thesis is directed toward the fact that blogging can help writers becoming better at writing. This article focuses on what a blog forces a writer to do and how that in turn sharpens the skills needed in order to be a successful writer. For example, a blog requires you to get to the point, as opposed to a school essay that requires you to write 5-12 pages. When writing a 5-12 page essay, a school assignment that is meant to encourage better writing, some students get a bad habit of beating around the bush and filling in the page requirements with non-essential information that creates bad habits. Blogs on the other hand benefits students by taking the task to the other spectrum. Blogs require people’s ideas to be portrayed in a concise manner, which promotes critical thinking that weasels out the unnecessary information on their point.
– The ability to communicate with the blogger through comments on their blog posts were actually pretty difficult. It may have been a browser incapability issue, but most of the class was unable to comment on the blog successfully.
– Categories would be a great addition to the blog. They would make browsing and identifying particular topics much easier.
– The layout was very textual based and so was a little mundane. Perhaps some more pictures?
– A textual preview of the blog would be helpful for the readers. Right now the set up is so the reader is given a title and requires to click more to access the whole blog. A little preview of the blog would give a hint to how the writer could go about writer.
– A trending blog that has received the most views and or votes would be nice to view at the outset.
– The same could be applied to bloggers, it would be nice to see top bloggers in order to see which blogger garnered the most views and votes.
– A more intriguing title that is more specific to the variety of posts
– It would also be great for better interaction between bloggers and readers if reader were able to make usernames through e-mail addresses. This would also give them the option to possibly be subscribed to the blog and be alerted to new posts.
Bloggers can increase their readers through posting dependability, uniqueness, and genuine content that is relevant to the reader’s interests.
Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings help us in our process of creating blogs by displaying possible blog layouts through her visual representation of bodies of text. Due to a lack of words, viewers of her paintings are forced to analyze her representation of text rather than any text itself. And in her representation of the text, she beautifully creates appealing displays through vibrant colors and different formats. The ambiguous and assumed text is represented through circular and multicolored dots. The dots are then organized in careful manners to create columns and rows. Different shaped dots also represent different areas of possible text. For example, for a representation of a title she may have large colored dots and while the body of the text are all the same smaller colored dots that are neatly arranged in columns. Then the columns may break for one row of medium colored dots, in order to highlight a possible important line that would literally be the center of attention. Through these mannerisms, she is able to create magnificent displays of possible bodies of text that can help us when creating web and blog layouts, in our efforts to create visually appealing pages.
Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings also put some light on another aspect of blogging. A simple layout can determine whether a reader is interested or disinterested from the start. Just the first glance can determine whether the reader is on an optimistic foot or a pessimistic mood. This first impression is important because it plays a role in the tone that your blog is trying to play. A very visually appealing layout can interest someone’s attention regardless of the content. We can see this through Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings because people are dwelling on the beauty of the simple layout, even though there is an absence of textual work and content. To further strengthen our blog’s messages, we can improve the layouts in more appealing manners to strengthen our blog’s tones. For example, if we compare Lauren Dicioccio’s depicted layouts to one that would represent a boring article online or in a newspaper we could see the impact that a layout can have. Before we even begin reading, Lauren Diociocci’s depicted text looks like a possible easy and fun read while the boring newspaper or article looks as though it is an extremely difficult, boring, and an arduous task that is almost a chore to read. When creating our blogs, our intentions are far from creating chores for our readers and that is when Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings come in to play. From Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings we can learn to create layouts that would encourage people to read our works. Following the patterns of her layouts will also extenuate the tones of our blogs by setting up a good first impression for the reader through his or her first glance, rather than creating boring impressions. We can also utilize Lauren Dicioccio’s usage of different fonts, columns, and rows in order to manipulate certain messages in our blogs to be emphasized more than others. Overall, Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings provide great road maps for possible layouts for our blogs.
Gizmodo is a blog that is similar to mine because the tone of the blog is one to leave you both fascinated and a bit more educated. A lot of the topics are also based on science, as mine will be (but all won’t be). Gizmodo is also one of the most active blog sites. They are constantly adding posts. A day in the world of gizmodo consists of dozens and dozens of posts. This is also an aspect that is similar to my blog, because both of our blogs have an unlimited content of knowledge that can be posted to fascinate and educate readers. Their layouts are more word based than picture based. Their titles usually look like sentences, and contain words that will catch people’s attention through bringing attention to technologically fancy and interesting topics.
TED is one of the fastest growing and popular youtube and netflix educational sensations of our time. Their videos consist of interesting people with interesting lives and interesting things to say. Through the video medium, TED captivated an audience. But their blog is just as great as their videos because you can browse and skim through topics in a much easier manner than videos. This blog is similar to mine because it also follows the tone of educating and fascinating. The layout of this blog is more picture based. This is due to their intent of creating an easy browsing process for the masses. Though my blog isn’t as picture based as this one, I share TEDs intent of educating with ease of access. The difference between our blogs is that my browse friendly set up is set up more through a more approachable language rather than a pictorial based layout.
This blog follows the same tone as my blog and the past two blogs in the sense of enlightening readers with facts. The difference between this blog and the other blogs is that this one is a bit more on the mundane side of reads. There are very little pictures and very little captivating words. The layout is very wordy and the font sizes are repetitive. It is almost a blog version of a newspaper. Regardless or the boring setup up, the blog is still very interesting because the topics brought up are scientific and current. So much like my blog, the topics are very relevant to the reader. The posts are frequent, but less than gizmodo. Overall, this blog is great due to its frequent output of scientific and educational information, but it could use a little bit more excitement.