(This is a guest post from Abigail Perry, who blogs at I Pick Up Pennies. She won the People’s Choice honor at the 2014 Plutus Awards. Abigail and I share some blogging pet peeves, probably because we also share DNA: She’s my daughter.)
Before you go any further, be warned: The following tips are steeped in sarcasm. But if that’s what it takes to encourage better writing, then I make no apologies.
Yep, I’m a writing snob. But if something offends you then you might be an offender. (Emoticons? Excessive GIF use? Non-use of contractions? Please.) Many a truth is spoken in snark.
This is for your own good — and for the greater good. I’m not the only reader whose eyes bleed when a blogger uses “it’s” as a possessive. Focus on the information contained within the semi-withering language, then go and sin no more.
And if you’re a fellow Sarcastic? Come sit by me.
1. Do not use dictionary definitions. A professor once told me that if you have to use a dictionary definition in a paper, you’re done. It’s just no good. Having read a few blog posts that use them, I’m inclined to agree.
Definitions interrupt the flow of a post. Depending on the thing you’re defining, it can also feel a little insulting to the reader. We know what words like “frugal” and “freedom” mean.