Archive | May, 2007

What brand is your blog?

Have you ever thought about the brand that you’re projecting through your blog?  Whether you’re blogging for business, to build a social network or just to connect with friends and family your blog is a powerful instrument for expressing and portraying your personal brand. One of the beauties of blogging is that it allows you [...]

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How to spot a cliché

You might be familiar with advice from writing style guides to avoid clichés.  This comes from one of Orwell’s six elementary rules for clear writing - in fact it was his number one (though he doesn’t actually use the word “cliché”): Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used [...]

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Why does confident writing matter?

Well it’s over to you this time… I’d love to know why writing is important to you, why it is that you want to write with confidence. I’ve set up a quick, easy (and completely anonymous) survey to find out what you and other readers are writing for… Continue reading

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Getting to the point

"Pithy sentences," to quote Diderot, "are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory". What a great word pithy is.  "Concise and full of meaning". Coming from pith: "the choicest or the most essential or the most vital part of some idea or experience".  Linked, in the… Continue reading

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Support for Alan Johnston

As many of you will know, BBC Correspondent Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza City on 12 March. The BBC and many other organisations are campaigning for his release and encouraging people to show support in whatever way they can. The BBC is running an online petition (currently at around 60,000 signatures) and have created [...]

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