Hello All

So I totally neglected my cyber home but I’m back! Here’s  an open letter to my daughter.

Check it out  if you get a chance! How has everyone been?

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7 helpful questions for blog post writers

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” William Faulkner

Before you hit Publish, are you satisfied with your post?

Don’t many of us write extemporaneous posts? Sometimes I simply sit down at the keyboard and plunk away at a thought or a prompt from reading other posts. When I read the published version, I often regret putting it out there. I often discover flagrant faux pas or glaring grammar goofs. Cringing at my carelessness, I sometimes resort to editing it and re-publishing. (Keep in mind, I’m a former reporter and editor and got paid to write. My stuff had to be good. Old habits, you know.)

Are you ever dissatisfied with a post you’re about to share with the world? Try asking yourself these 7 questions I ask myself when I proofread my posts. You might want to consider them to improve your posts.

  1. Is your heading too long?
    A reasonable length is 6 to 8 words. As we’ve said before in this space, many readers don’t read past your heading. If you don’t entice them with those 6-8 words, you might lose them before they get to your opening sentence.
  2. Did you proofread your text?
    That’s a cardinal rule for me. It ought to be for all of you as well. My dingbat blogging buddy, Suze, will disagree. She spends most of her time at the home staring into space and playing bingo when she’s not blogging.
  3. Did you put yourself in my readers’ place?
    What will your audience gain from reading your post?  Who are you writing for? Yourself or your readers?
  4. Did you use “you” often? Writing for that second person pronoun, draws readers in and helps them think you’re writing to them.
  5. Can you use “how to’s” or lists or  numbers.
    Readers love lists. Use them if you can.
  6. Did you ask for feedback?
    Do you want to know what your readers thought about your post? They’ll think you’re really interested in their opinions and comments.  People love to connect with other people. I often use the hashtag #feedback when I post on the BMU.  And I sometimes ask readers directly, “What do you think?” Or, “I’d like to get your feedback on this topic (idea, post).”
  7. Is your purpose for writing clear?
    Will your readers “get it”?   Will they perceive your intent for writing your post? Do you get it yourself?

Well, there they are. Seven questions I ask (and answer) myself so I’ll be satisfied with my post once it’s published. Hope you’ll try these out yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised how your writing may improve when you ask and answer them.

Do you have questions you ask yourself while you’re writing to make it better? I’d love to hear from you. How do your questions help you improve your posts.

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. . .and on the 8th day . . .

What’s so special about the 8th day? That’s the day the Jews circumcised Jewish male newborns. Why did they wait a whole week? This post shows how awesome and creative our Almighty God is.
https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/and-on-the-8th-day/
What do you think? I’d like to read a bunch of comments on this one.
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“Christian” is a lousy adjective

What’s the difference between an auto mechanic and a “Christian” auto mechanic? Between a florist and a “Christian” florist. What qualification does the adjective “Christian” bring to a noun?

What’s a “Christian” supposed to be like anyway? If you walked up to 10 people at church and asked them to define “Christian” to you, do you think any two would agree on what one is?

To me, “Christian” as a modifier is ambiguous. Whether you call someone a “Christian” something, or you call yourself a “Christian” whatever, to me we have much more adequate adjectives we can use other than “Christian”.

What do you think? Do you agree? Let me know in a comment. I’d be very interested in your response.
Here’s a link to my current post, “Christian is a lousy adjective”
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Here are links to all For His Glory posts this week.

In case you missed one . . .
Do you know who Murgatroyd is?

7 ways to resolve conflicts

What’s your GQ–Growth Quotient?

Whole lotta shoutin goin on

Finding Crystal Kruchunis

Exciting new writing challenge for all BMU bloggers Monday

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Exploring haiku in an effort…

Exploring haiku in an effort to absorb skills needed for proper format. https://www.bronxbeyondborders.com is my site. So glad to be a part of this mission. Thanks for the invitation.

 

HAIKU
HAIKU ON GEN-X VISION
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
By: E. R. Smith

Haiku on Gen-X Vision

Gained Gen-X vision

eye strain on optic axon

mutant lens fade hue

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A conversation Adam had with…

A conversation Adam had with God

Adam: Thank you, God, for making Eve for me. Let me ask You something. Why did You make her so beautiful and helpful?

God: So you’d be attracted to her, Adam.

Adam: Why did You make Eve so soft to touch and pleasurable to be with?

God: So you’d be attracted to her, Adam.

Adam: Then why did You make her so stupid?

God: So she’d be attracted to YOU, Adam.
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