Yesterday, I challenged myself and you to consider what you are going to blog about on Blog Action Day, October 15, 2007. Really getting into the spirit of things, Joanna Young on Pelf’s The Giving Hands has taken this idea even further with 15 days of blog posts on the environment, leading up to October 15.
The post that caught my attention was 10 Ways Our Words Can Make A Difference, a brilliant set of tips for making your words count on your blog:
- Write like a human being.
- Keep it simple.
- Use plain words.
- Make it specific.
- Tell stories.
- Ask questions.
- Use the language of possibility.
- Connect with others.
- Focus on your positive intention.
- Make a choice.
My favorites were:
7. Use the language of possibility. Words like “might”, “can”, “could” help to show your readers what’s possible – without preaching to them about what they ‘should’ do.
8. Connect with others. One voice can get lost in the wilderness – and leave you feeling lost too. Connect up with the words of other people and the whispers turn into a roar.
Here I was worrying about the topic I would choose for my blog topic on Blog Action Day, when the truth was that I should have been more focused on how to make my point. Thank you for reminding us, Joanna and Pelf, that the power of the written word to change the world begins with these tips.
We need to practice these ten tips every day, not just as we prepare for Blog Action Day.