Posts Tagged ‘journal’

Brainstorming before writing

March 5, 2010

Sometimes, I must take a step back, take a pen and pad, and start mapping out what to write.  When my blog entries concern current events or topics I have considerable knowledge in, however, I can make do writing off the top of my head.  I am a techie at heart, so I can write about a wide arrange of tech-related topics, but based on my wide range of interests, I can write about any of those, as well.

The challenge I face with my clients, then, is writing quality blog entries about their businesses and discussing relevant topics about the business or industry.  I have turned to the trusty “spider diagram”, a brainstorming tool, and have found general topics I can expand upon.  Some industries are known by name alone by the public, and I hope I can unlock the air of mystery that surrounds them.

What brainstorming activities do you do prior to writing a blog, essay, or paper?

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Francis M. Unson

To Tweet or Blog?

January 7, 2010

Do you Twitter, blog, or both?Before the rise of Twitter, bloggers wrote to their heart’s content, be it a short paragraph or longer, more elaborate entries with lots of detail and thought.  With Twitter’s arrival, people could tell the world within 140 characters what they were doing right now.  Does Twitter spell the end of blogging?

Not a chance.

Blogging, an evolutionary step from journal writing, cannot go away because of the character limitations inherent in Twitter’s design.  It comes as no surprise to me that people who write multiple Tweets complete their torrent by saying, “I probably should have written all this in a blog.”  A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”) allows us to write complete stories about anything we want.  Our limitation, therefore, rests in our ability to come up with what to write about.

Please retweetHow does Tweeting fit into the scheme of things?  While details are not immediately paramount to what we want to communicate through Twitter, the ability to catch peoples’ attention with our Tweets is.  In other words, a Tweet serves as an eye-catching headline.  Furthermore, Twitter developers and people who Tweet many times per day recommend that people should make their Tweets shorter than 140 characters for two reasons: to allow others to Re-Tweet a Tweet, and to allow for a link to a website that goes into further detail about the Tweet.

Bloggers have successfully communicated with others before Twitter’s arrival, and they will remain a presence the blogosphere.  On the other hand, people who have never written a single blog have embraced Twitter and have let the world know what is on their minds in 140-character increments.  The most ideal union, however, is a Tweeting blogger: a person that uses Twitter to generate interest for their blog.

Do you use Twitter, write a blog, or both?

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Francis M. Unson