How NOT to write a blog // Petr Sushko

Coming to Santa Clara University as an international student last September was a rough experience. Different culture, new language, a ton of paper work and also classes! Classes were hard. Especially that English one, with a weird name. CTW. Critical thinking and writing. Why don’t you just call it English?

Well, now I realize why. Especially the thinking part of it. Media, sustainability, violence and all the other “This is water” stuff. But there also was the writing part to it that I never came across before. You know, when you live all your life outside the US nobody teaches you how to write in English. Or how to blog. And especially how to blog in English. After a numerous tries to write an interesting article about my SCU experience I realized I can’t. Instead, I decided to write a small guide on how not to write a blog. And here are some of the points I found particularly useful:


  • Using parenthesis (even rarely) is a bad idea (in the majority of the cases)
    • Some people find them distracting (and sometimes annoying). Often commas (or dropping the parenthesis) will serve better.


  • Be more or less precise
    • It’s basically confirmed that exact facts are sometimes better


  • Regarding unfinished sentences
    • Because this way you lose informa


  • And never start a sentence with an “and”
    • And don’t even ask why


  • NEVER write full words in uppercase letters.
    • Because it’s VERY ANNOYING.


  • Always check you’re spelling.
    • Seriosly, proof read befoer posting an article.


  • Bad metaphors are like a nail in a shoe. Throw it away!
    • Just like a teapot in the sky it confuses your reader.


  • One word sentences? Bad.
    • Because


  • Using exaggerations makes an article a million times worse
    • Trust me, I posted a billion articles and I 200% know what I am talking about.


  • Who needs rhetorical questions?
    • Why would anyone like them?


  • Do not avoid not using double negatives
    • It’s not true that they cannot get confusing sometimes. Instead, do not hesitate not to simplify your sentences


  • Being concise is the best way of delivering great ideas to fellow readers through informative blog posts
    • Not only should you avoid using prolonged complicated words instead of their short synonyms, but you also should consider removing irrelevant information, just like the fact that my height is 5 feet and 9 inches.


  • Numbers below 10 inclusive should be written as words.
    • For mainly 1 reason: being polite.


  • Knowing grammar badly use complicated sentences carefully.
    • Not Yoda you are so choose the right word order.


  • Slang and curse words? Fuck that shit!
    • cuz what if some1 get offended by your writing or can’t understand yo jargon? That would sux


  • Do not use redundant repetition — tautology – a repetitive reiteration.
    • Throw it away, as once again, a repetitive tautology does not provide new information as it repeats what you said again and again.


  • Remember that “paraphrasing does not need quotes”
    • There is a rule that says you “shouldn’t use quotes when paraphrasing”


  • Make sure, that, you place commas only, where they are necessary.
    • Because, your readers, might, get confused and, irritated.


  • If you use decide to use numbers, make sure you are following the correct order.
    • First of all, it just basic math. And third, you don’t want to get your readers confused.


  • Additionally always use commas after conjunctive adverbs.
    • Thus it’s important to avoid punctuation mistakes.


  •  According to a study carried out by a group of linguists, you should always cite your sources (a group of linguists).
    • A group of scientists from one American university proves that being not exact with sources makes readers question your facts (US university research).


I really hope this article will help someone to write a great blog post. Special thanks to Nicholas Leither for explaining all of these concepts to me throughout the year!




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