Journalism 101 - tips for success on a fickle forum  

sexyfit_helper 56F
185 posts
3/18/2006 8:01 pm

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Journalism 101 - tips for success on a fickle forum

I was reading a blog that was questioning what happened to the interest in taking the time to read and appreciate true erotica, the type of thing that needs time and space to develop. Personally, I know that it is difficult for me to get into something that is particularly long, yet I have enjoyed completely enjoyed novels.

I don't think this is the forum for that in depth erotica for most people, not all people, but most people. Personally, I want to be curled up in bed for that kind of reading.

I think for greater success in writing in this place journalism "rules" need to be followed.

Journalism "rules" as I know them are:

  • Writing must be concise. When I started writing, a friend of mine would edit my work, and when done, it would say the exact same thing, but in about half the words. I can still tend to get wordy in my writing, but after a couple years of his editing, he was hardly making suggestions to make my writing concise.

  • People tend to choose to read smaller articles rather then longer articles. So, if you want to write something long, split it into chapters, but in a journalism forum, over about 400 words is where people start skipping articles because of length.

  • White space is important, put empty lines between paragraphs.

  • Keep paragraphs relatively short, ideally, no more then about 6 lines.

  • What your writing about is about has to be explained quickly in your writing. People will start and read the first 1-3 paragraphs, and if you haven't hooked them, they will move on.

  • There is also the use of colour or fonts that can either enhance or distract depending on how they are used. I bolded the place in this blog where I actually started to give tips. If what I was saying in my introduction caused a loss of interest, that bolding will have still served the purpose of having the read know that this is where the tips start, and if they are interesting in what my magical insights are, they will skim past what's boring them and give a new look from that point.

That's about all I can think of right now. Please feel free to add tips.

For the record, as I did discuss article length and reader interest, this article is about 400 words.

keithcancook 61M
18125 posts
3/20/2006 7:40 am

I once saw similar suggestions in the mayors blog long ago. She has a great blog, ya know.

sexyfit_helper replies on 3/20/2006 8:20 pm:
You mean this has been plagiarized?

TheOracle2006 106F

3/11/2007 5:03 am

Great blog and post. I was glad i found this. I shall read more.


Hi again

TheOracleofFire 98F

6/22/2007 12:37 pm

I am creating my links to the good of Passion... enjoying the lessons.

L'Oracle de L'Amour

rm_Pamela1955 63F
371 posts
6/26/2007 6:49 pm

I'm staying up late - or rather early - to read you.

"All you need is love"

FacesPipetHasty 61M  
86 posts
8/10/2007 1:39 pm

cant speak for anyone else but after working on a computer all day long the last thing i want to do is read on a computer all nite long

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