Communication Styles

Deprogramming from Essay rules

When I was in high school way back in medieval times, we were taught that to write a good essay; it had to be factual, unbiased and using the words “I think was bad.” Your essay had to have an outline including an introduction, body 1, body 2, body 3 and a conclusion. With blogging, it is almost the exact opposite. I’m finding it difficult that even after so many years (I won’t say how many) of being out of high school to deprogram myself from those rules.

Blogging Tips

What I’ve learned from this weeks lesson is how you communicate will affect how people perceive you and your form of communication. There are specific blogging rules that you should follow to get your content noticed and shared.

  1. Know your grammar and punctuation. Lousy spelling and grammar make you look uncreditable and unprofessional
  2. Choose whether you want to write in passive or active voice and stick to it. The active role generally tends to be more clear and exciting to the reader.
  3. Practice makes Perfect, with everything, the more practice you get, the better you become.
  4. Begin with the End in Mind. think of what action you want to entice from your audience
  5. Don’t Bury the Lead. It is essential to put your information in the right order. Use the inverted triangle as a guide.

The Audience Experience

So this part is a little tricky; I’ve learned that everything has to be deliberate. Know what you want to achieve in the end before you start. If you want people to comment on your post, then you need to ask a direct question. If you want your post shared, then add a share button to make it convenient for the reader to do so. KNOW YOUR END GOAL.

One thought on “Communication Styles

  1. Hello,

    I enjoyed reading your blog post and the steps that you posted that can be beneficial when becoming a blogger. I think it is so important to first figure out who your audience is and what you are trying to achieve. Are you creating awareness on a matter that you are passionate about? Are you trying to sell products? There are so many questions! I really think it is important to also know your voice like you stated- passive or active. How do you usually write? Are you more passive or active?

    Great post!

    -Kira

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