While it is easy to get caught up in thinking that writing is writing and that is all there is to it, this simply isn’t true.
Of course you know there is a difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, poetry and and essays and things like that for example. However, a lot of people don’t realize the subtle difference when it comes to writing for a blog or online publication as opposed to writing for an old-fashioned print periodical.
Yes, there is a subtle but very important difference.
Here are a few tips for writing for an online source whether it be a blog, online magazine or virutally any other web-based entity.
1. Stick with short but detail driven sentences.
2. Lists and bullet points, much like is the case in this post, are a nice way to go.
3. Link to sites and resources only when they are in context and/or ad to the value of the work.
4. Include photos whenever possible and relevant.
The bottom line it that the Internet and virtually any type of new media are driven by speed. People want the most detail they can get out of the least amount of wordage. And as a generally visual form of communication, web surfers want something to stimulate the eye. That would be where things like photos and video come in.
Taking this approach when writing for the Internet might just help you increase your audience. And who knows, maybe you’ll even get famous.