In its purest form, writing offers artistic value to our world, inspiring people, making them think, debating ideas, and challenging norms, even in marketing. The creative side of the profession, the part that speaks to the soul, demands better than a top five list or a mechanical landing page.
A blog post should contribute a small nugget to a professional’s life. An essay should revolve around an idea and debate its merits, pros and cons and leave the reader spinning with their own interpretations. A book should leave a reader enchanted with dream and vision.
And by books, I’m not talking the trade books many of us bloggers tout as our professional mantras, rather books of grander scale and intent. For example, a novel that offers societal commentary. Or even a great history or nonfiction accounting of some facet of life or place.
Writers achieve full potential when they touch others, catalyzing minds with ideas, conviction and passion. That requires effort and thought on the part of the crafts(wo)men.
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Today’s digital web threatens the very existence of expository style. Consider the plight of the traditional paragraph.
What makes a good paragraph? The expression of a complete idea.
Though writing experts acknowledge that new media cause the ever diminishing paragraph, they still recommended writers communicate one idea per block of sentences.
However, the destruction of parenthetical form continues, pushed forward by the increasing presence of smaller mobile screens and blogs.
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Many styles of engagement exist in social media. From pure content marketing to commenting on every post, we see many companies and personalities successfully market. I gravitate towards thanking and serving.
There is no absolute right way.
One thing I have learned over the years about social: The most important thing is to represent your personality authentically.
The more manufactured the interaction, the less likely your personal presence or corporate culture will resonate with online stakeholders.
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In an effort to increase writing quality, one month ago this blog took on the Me, Myself and I Challenge. The behind the challenge assumes that by eradicating obvious references to blogger narcissism via the words “my, myself and I,”… Read More »How Not Talking About Myself Doubled Blog Traffic In One Month