Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Potential Sources

Before taking English 112, I had heard of “blogs,” but to be quite honest, never really knew the real definition of it or why people even do it. Well, today I know and I must say, this has been quite a wonderful experience. I have learned how to create so many things, the first one being a blog. Then, when I learned how to create my own blogs, I realized I can get as creative as I want. There were many things that were new to me. For example, I always wondered how people add hyperlinks to their websites/blogs, and today I know. I can’t believe I did not even know how to add music until this class. Best of all, my writing skills have improved tremendously. I love the fact that my writing is out to the public, and everyone can respond to each other and share their viewpoints/opinions.

As the weeks go by, I have been trying to look for sources that would help me for my final analysis paper. My subject/topic is very similar to many bloggers and even though I have researched many blogs, but not many interested me. One of them is on global warming watch. When one looks at this blog, there is nothing but words. For some reason, that didn’t seem to bother me. I didn’t mind the blog being plain and simple because the information was what caught my eye. I noticed that this blogger was up to date on everything he/she was writing. Yes, there is a ton of writing-actually only writing on this blog, but also very informative and knowledgeable. Another thing I like about this blog is the writing format of the blogger. The blogger does not go on about something that is unnecessary. In fact, everything is shortly put and just straight to the point. I liked that this blog was well on topic and straight to the point because I think I need practice in that area. When I start writing, I realize that I have more to write about then I thought. However, I never know how to shorten my writing because I feel as if I will miss out on something.

Another blog that I like talks about climate change. Now, this blogger again has only writing on the blog. However, as I was reading the blog entries, they were just so exciting. I mean, the writer had facts, but at the same time, discussed her own opinions. But what really fascinated me was her writing technique. She had hyperlinks, she had facts, she had her own knowledge, and she had her own way to lay out the facts to public. I really don't know how to put it in words or how much more to get into detail, but by analyzing this blog, I will focus more on my writing style as well.


2 comments:

Wadard said...

Hi, I'm Wadard, the blogger at Global Warming Watch. Thank you so much for your kind words, I value your feedback.

You mentioned that, "Another thing I like about this blog is the writing format of the blogger. The blogger does not go on about something that is unnecessary. In fact, everything is shortly put and just straight to the point. I liked that this blog was well on topic and straight to the point because I think I need practice in that area. When I start writing, I realize that I have more to write about then I thought. However, I never know how to shorten my writing because I feel as if I will miss out on something."

As you spotted, for me the secret to writing well is brevity (keeping things brief and short). A good way to teach yourself this this — one idea per sentence. If you have a long sentence, break it into clauses that support the idea. If it is a complex idea, break it down into sentences, and format the sentences into a paragraph. That way you can communicate better, and not miss out on anything. Try to stick to three sentences per paragraph.

Don't be afraid of writing short, one sentence paragraphs.

Learn the rules of grammar. And finally, to invigorate your writing, write in the 'active voice'.

Forgive my presumption in offering this unsolicited advice, but I love writing, and I see that you do too and that you want to write even better.

Plus I am doubly pleased you chose Global Warming as your English 112 topic. Good on you. As a student — the type of world you inherit is going to be dependent on how much you and your generation learns now about the way it works, and what you do wit that knowledge.

Peace.

Julie P. said...

Wow, great work here! You not only caught the eye of one of the blogs in your community, but your writing really works well here. You pace nicely, provide great details and hyperlinks, and I can really see that you are digging deeply into this topic and braching out to writing groups well outside our classroom. This is just awesome work!