That’s not me in the picture. I promise.
Even though I haven’t had my own classroom for a number of years, I am still an English teacher at heart, and I miss it! So, while I hope this series will help some of you brush up your writing a little, it will also give me a chance to exercise my English muscles (which are getting as flabby as the rest of me!).
I am by no means an expert on blog writing, having only had Mad in Crafts up and running for about 16 months. Nor is MiC so outstanding that I have people clamoring for the secret to my success. But, I have learned so much from other great bloggers in the interwebs, I wanted to give something back. Since I do have a little experience and education in teaching language skills, I thought I would share. See, those 5 years of college really were worth it!
The series will cover a few areas important to blog writing; things like finding your voice, how to structure a post, common grammar buggers and the like. I am not going to deal with content, or how to grow your blog, or technological issues because I make all that stuff up as I go along (and that’s no help to anyone).
What I want to know from you is: What questions do you have about blog writing? Do you have problems writing introductions to a tutorial? Unsure about whether or not you need to credit someone else’s project? And do you really need a comma before the word “and” in a list of 3 things?
Comment here or on my facebook page, tweet me or send me an email with any and all questions you have. I will answer as best as I can, and, if I don’t know it myself, I will do the research for you!
That’s right. I will do your English homework for you.
Bet you wish I was around back when you had to read Moby Dick, huh?
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I’ve got one for you (but I have no idea if you’d know!)
A few weeks ago, I wanted to post a recipe on my blog, a recipe from a cook book. If I site my source, is that ok? Or will I be breaking some copyright law or something?
The cook book in question is currently out of print (and the publisher has already stated that there are no plans for a reprint).
If you don’t have a clue, you’re not alone! But if you have any words of wisdom, I’d love it!
Thank you, thank you for doing this series. Is not that I need help myself (I’m also an ex-English teacher), but some blogs I read make me cringe, or are difficult to read as the spelling and grammar is so, so bad. One thing that really annoys me is the “humorous” use of “sew” in place of “so”. And, most annoying – “addicting”. Maybe you can help me here – is that a correct American English word? It’s certainly not British English!
I am excited as well. After years of writing through email with short incomplete sentences I can hardly remember what is correct anymore. Like that sentence for example. Is that even correct? Should there be commas or something? It sounds silly but high school was a long time ago and I have lost complete confidence in this area.