Christianity, Social Justice and Politics

This one took about 6 hours to research and write, just to remember and find the right quotes. It's been rustling around in my head for days already.

Read it, so I won't have wasted my time delving back into the theology of my childhood.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 3rd, 2009 02:32 am)
When I meet someone on the net, I don't know, or care, what racial category they put themselves in. Unless they mention it, or put it in their bio, I don't even think about it. Heck, I sometimes don't have a clue as to their gender identity either, unless they mention it, or something related to it.
Not sure where I'm going with this )
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This entry will be repeated twice. Once, in an unreadable format, once in a readable format.

The unreadable:

Many people write their blog entries like they were writing a book - no paragraph indents or spacing between paragraphs. Some don't even use paragraphs at all. They just run all their thoughts together, spewing unconnected run-on sentences one after the other and calling it writing. They... even... pollute it with... unneeded ellipses and overblown punctuation!!!!!!!!!!
To make a blog entry easily readable, you need to write short, concise paragraphs. These paragraphs should be separated by a blank line - a vertical space, if you will. Not five lines, or even three, but one full line. These paragraphs should be no longer than 5 or 6 lines of text when finally rendered on the average screen. Anything more and the reader's eyes start to glaze, and they see only a tl;dr wall of text, not your thoughts.
So, there are rules for blog writing. They are often ignored by some "A-list" bloggers, because some people read their ego-tripe regardless of how cross-eted it makes them. But the rest of us ordinary folks? We need to format, spell check, and use punctuation somewhat properly.
The rules: DO break your text up into reasonable length paragraphs of less than 6 formatted lines. DO keep your paragraphs coherent and inter-related. DO use capitalization, punctuation and spaces to separate sentences. DO capitalize proper names (exception is lj tags). DO put one blank line between your paragraphs, to let the reader know that that thought cluster is done. DO use bulleting and lists to make lists readable. DON'T abuse punctuation. DON'T overuse literary devices like ellipses. DON'T play games with fancy fonts for body text.
These rules are simple, yet every day I get headaches trying to read some tripe disgorged by some nit who won't do me the courtesy of making their thoughts readable. The web is not like a book, or an English paper. People are reading your words on a screen. Be considerate of their eyes, please.

Now, the readable:

Many people write their blog entries like they were writing a book - no paragraph indents or spacing between paragraphs. Some don't even use paragraphs at all. They just run all their thoughts together, spewing unconnected run-on sentences one after the other and calling it writing. They... even... pollute it with... unneeded ellipses and overblown punctuation!!!!!!!!!!

To make a blog entry easily readable, you need to write short, concise paragraphs. These paragraphs should be separated by a blank line - a vertical space, if you will. Not five lines, or even three, but one full line. These paragraphs should be no longer than 5 or 6 lines of text when finally rendered on the average screen. Anything more and the reader's eyes start to glaze, and they see only a tl;dr wall of text, not your thoughts.

So, there are rules for blog writing. They are often ignored by some "A-list" bloggers, because some people read their ego-tripe regardless of how cross-eyed it makes them. But the rest of us ordinary folks? We need to format, spell check, and use punctuation somewhat properly.

The rules:
* DO break your text up into reasonable length paragraphs of less than 6 formatted lines.
* DO keep your paragraphs coherent and inter-related. DO use capitalization, punctuation and spaces to separate sentences.
* DO capitalize proper names (exception is lj tags).
* DO put one blank line between your paragraphs, to let the reader know that that thought cluster is done.
* DO use bulleting and lists to make lists readable.
* DON'T abuse punctuation.
* DON'T overuse literary devices like ellipses.
* DON'T play games with fancy fonts for body text.

These rules are simple, yet every day I get headaches trying to read some tripe disgorged by some nit who won't do me the courtesy of making their thoughts readable. The web is not like a book, or an English paper. People are reading your words on a screen. Be considerate of their eyes, please.
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