promoted 8 years 7 months ago, posted 8 years 7 months ago
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I figured I would throw this out there for the users of TAN. Read it and frickin write a blog or something, fags.
If you are reading this and thinking "Fuck you zero, I hate your stupid blogs" I must commend you on your originality. Jesus shit Christ, I have never heard that before. You, sir, are awesome.
The key to writing a good blog is this: You must know something we don't and tell us about it. Whether it is an obscure news story or something that happened to you on the way to the bus stop this morning, if we haven't heard it before, chances are we will have a decent time reading it. Rants are ok from time to time, but no one wants to hear you cry about something that has been cried about on the internet millions of times already.
Using mulitmedia is also a must. If you aren't the greatest writer in the world, or yet comfortable that your words can tell the whole story, using a picture or video can be a savior. Even if you are pretty good at writing, you still want to use every tool at your disposal. These days all it takes is a simple google search and you can usually come up with something relevant to the story. After that, it is just a simple copy and paste job.
Grammar is also a big concern. Take Nova for example; his writing would be entertaining if it didn't read like it was written by a twelve year old retard with a speech impediment. His disdain for the spellchecker feature on Firefox is legendary. If you want some good advice, read what he has written and do the exact opposite.
Another problem I hear people having a lot is that they don't know what to write about. My advice would be to just write; you will find out what you were writing about when you are done. Then go back over it, take out anytthing that is irrelevant, and there you go.
I have to add this in: Recipes? Really? Recipes? Guys? Get back in the kitchen with that shit. No one gives a fuck how you cook your eggs. We are not a bunch of women here. There are entertaining things to write about, recipes are not amongst them.
Controversy is always a good thing. If you know a lot of people are going to disagree with something you wrote, that usually makes for some good comment sections. Taking the side of something just to spite everyone else is my gig though. Try finding a subject you actually have a belief in.
When all else fails, writing about your job always works. Unless you work at McDonalds and fuck balloons, then die in a fire. Other than that, even if you find your job boring, others might find it interesting. Especially if it is something people might need to do on their own in the future at sometime. Tutorials are always good, as are horror stories of trying to help the mentally challenged. Folks always find something good to write about dealing with work.
Attack blogs can be fun, but usually lack any sort of real entertainment quality (See: Nova's blogs). Comment sections are for telling people they are douchebags, not the actual article itself. Try to steer clear of these. They tend to do the opposite of what you intended, i.e. making you look like a fag instead of the person you are attacking.
Writing is something that gets easier with time, so if it takes you a while to do your first, don't worry. It will get easier. Just keep it up, regardless of what people think, and eventually you will be ok. You are conrtibuting and that's all that really matters.
I hope this helps some of you guys.