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I love the research in this Twitter post. I've known for a long time that people donot use Twitter hashtags appropriately, but I was unaware of how major companies have misused them. I particularly enjoyed the McDonald's example - wow!
Thank you for your perspectives. Respectfully read, respectfully disagreed. Templates should not ever be used or recommended for writing blog posts. In my experience, templated blog posts = cookie cutter = zero originality.
A better approach is to stick to the one-idea principle and write as much as needed to get the point across, without setting artificial limits on word count or stupid SEO practices of stuffing posts with text-rich keywords.
I agree with you that readers have short attention spans, but why create multiple short blog posts in a short time? What exactly are you trying to accomplish with that approach? Increased readership does not equate to quality readership. I would prefer to have 30 die-hard followers of my humble blog (http://socciwriter.blogspot.com) than to have 500 who subscribe to my e-newsletter just because and delete those e-mails from their inbox each day.
Every person has a unique perspective and should be given a chance to express themselves in writing without being constrained by the false premises of brevity = good writing as you suggest.
Wow, what a fantastic blog post! I can't believe how many interesting and useful resources you've pointed us to. Thank you! I am actually a very old-fashioned gal when it comes to creativity and keeping notes and tabs on my creative process. For me, simplicity is key. I use my trusty old-time Microsoft Word to create tables and charts to keep track of my thought processes, including releevant URLs.
If I'm not in the mood to use Microsoft Word, old fashioned paper and pen work wonders for me. I love taking notes on paper and printing out particularly useful front pages of URLs I like. I find that to be better than bookmarks, which change over time.
However, with that being said, I look forward to using some of these fascinating sources on an experimentalbasis to see if it works with my style. Thanks again!