Blogs should follow the many newspapers and magazines who modify their content to ensure greater traffic from search engines.

Too many bloggers are selling themselves short by failing to understand how to make the internet work for them.

We must consider how every word we write relates to the wider structure of the net and take into account how people navigate cyberspace.

This ties in well with good journalistic writing because text which is short, concise and accurate will almost always be more optimised than that which is not.

The most obvious example of this can be found in the headline as you’ve only got 10 words in which to grab an audience with the essence of the story

…so why go with headlines such as these:

A Tribute to George Costanza

Palavers with a community of ghosts

Last Tango in Hamburg

Do you remember the first time?

As you can see, optimised headlines has not been a strength of mine.
But I’m turning over a new leaf, I can see the error of my ways.

There’s a number of things wrong with these headlines.

  1. they’re practically unsearchable
  2. they’re trying to be something they’re not: funny, clever, cool…
  3. they assume to much from the reader.

That’s not to be patronising, it’s just all four of them are references which may well leave a reader totally cold.

On the internet it is wrong to rely too greatly on a prior knowledge because the potential audience is to large to assume a basis of common understanding.

Instead we pick up a scattered knowledge, based on pieces of information we stumble across or are directed to, often via social networking sites.

I say this not as criticism but rather to share a consideration which I hope will shape my writing in the future.

Because I see the real challenge as trying to draw together scattered knowledge and bridge the gaps in understanding so as to provide a comprehensive and authoritative voice.

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