So you want to blog?
Before you do anything else, buy this book and read it – On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. I’ll make it easy, click this link (so I can get a commission) – On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.
For extra credit, read this one to – The Elements of Style (4th Edition).
DISCLAIMER: I am not a writer. Frankly, I don’t consider myself much of a blogger either. For years, I’ve relied on my public-education writing classes to get me through composing e-mails and the occasional letter. My saving grace has been a voracious reading habit, where I’ve surreptitiously picked up some vocabulary tips. How else do you think I got the idea to use ‘surreptitiously’ in a sentence?
Writing is not something that comes easy for anyone, but us techies have an additional challenge. We take an abstract concept like technology, and try to use words to describe how it works to someone who may not know the difference between a bit and a byte. But the greatest problem – and it’s not exclusive to techies – is the horrible habit of ‘too many words’. A blog post may have an interesting point or take, but the reader is so bored by the second paragraph, they’ve abandoned it to watch funny cat videos on YouTube.
Having read those books, I can honestly say that; I’m still not a writer, but now I have a better understanding of how writing works. As a bonus, I’m able to appreciate the finer nuances of prose by folks such as David Pogue and Mark Shea.