Category Archives: Favourite Blogs

What Everyone Ought to Know About Writing Persuasively

In a few weeks I’m presenting a session at the CSTD conference on the topic of marketing skills for trainers, with an emphasis on writing skills. Only problem, is I can’t seem to get started. Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting blogs on the topic of persuasive writing, and I thought summarizing them

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Blogs We Like

I’ve been collecting great blog postings for ages now, and it’s high time I share a few of my faves. Know any high school students who need to write a winning college entry exam? Here’s some advice from the Figarospeech blog. English is a “magnificent bastard tongue” which has grown by absorbing words from other

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Best Blogs I Read This Week

Will you say twenty ten, two thousand ten or two thousand and ten? Probably twenty ten—read Language Log for a recap of the discussion. Great Resources for ESL writers from Writing Matters Free e-book with lots of inspirational bits from Seth Godin. While most of you don’t write copy for the web, there’s a ton

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Best Blogs I Read This Week

The Myth of High-falutin Copy Escalator Clause—Patricia O’Connor’s rant about the customer service buzzword “escalate” meaning to raise a problem or concern to a higher level. There’s lots written about grammar rules that are just plain wrong—here’s a blog about rules that do matter. Learn them or find yourself in Grammar Hell. Avoid Thundershower Activity:

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Best Blogs I Read This Week

This post from Zen Habits called The Minimalist Principle: Omit Needless Things is inspired by Strunk and White’s advice: “Omit needless words.” Good advice for writing and  living. Want to test your punctuation? Here are 76 Online Opportunities to Build Your Punctuation Skills If you spend a lot of time at your computer writing, you’ll

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Best Blog Posts I Read This Week

In no particular order: Translate Into English, by Kenneth Davis of Manage Your Writing. This post promotes writing with short, simple words. I always like his posts. Two Quotes I wish I’d Written, by linguistics student Gabe Doyle, a fervent anti-prescriptivist. 5 Atrocious Science Clichés to Throw Down A Black Hole, from Wired. The title

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