I just clicked on an article entitled: “Our Average Attention Span is Now Shorter Than Goldfish.” Sure, it’s hyperbole. The headline also doesn’t make perfect sense, at least not grammatically—Do we measure our attention spans in goldfish lengths? But none of this stopped me from clicking. Who could pass on a headline like that? We… Continue reading The Art of Titles: 6 Lessons on Style
When head honcho Dan Zeevi asked me to write occasional posts on editing, my first thought was to begin with titles. After all, those are the first words on the page. It took some reflection/procrastination to realize it was better to begin by introducing our model. The Long and Short For the magazine, the blockbuster… Continue reading A Model for Writers and Editors at Shoestring Online Magazines
With every magazine and advertisement fighting for our attention online, a catchy little article title or headline can make all the difference. So how do popular sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy come up with these killer article titles? Meet the modern-day headline builder which may “change everything you believe” about the Internet: Poster by Doghousediaries
Are you an amateur or professional blogger? If so, you may be finding it hard to get people to read your blog posts from social media given the saturation of status updates. Fortunately there is an online community just for bloggers that helps them find more success: Triberr. Triberr connects like-minded writers in supportive social… Continue reading The Top 100 Bloggers on Triberr [INFOGRAPHIC]
We all have a story to tell, we just usually don’t tell it on Twitter given the 140-character constraint per Tweet. Yet Twitter is one of the most effective communication tools that exists today. To support writers, Twitter has again partnered with the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House to bring us the… Continue reading Tell Your Story to the World With #TwitterFiction
Creative inspiration comes in many forms. For some writers it takes the right ambient tunes, while for others certain phases of the moon influence them most. Some of us need need a room with a view or plenty of natural light to shine, but others do just fine with a few pieces of paper, a… Continue reading What Inspires You to Write?
Do you think writing on the Web has become cryptic? The founder of Digg and new Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose has a new idea for a blogging tool called Tiny that looks to bring more personalization to online writing and reading than ever before. He posted a video demo of his prototype on YouTube,… Continue reading Digg Founder Kevin Rose Reveals a New Blogging Platform Looking to Make Your World a Little More ‘Tiny’
What we write is who we are. And how we use punctuation to convey our messages goes a long way toward shaping our personality online. Some people like to make themselves heard no matter what! While others are a little more cautious, often pausing while they speak. And few bloggers never actually state their own… Continue reading 10 Personalities of Writers Based on Their Punctuation