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 Yet another blog carnival.  More posts to come now that I’m back in town.

  1. Wayne Buckhanan presents Three Types of Action posted at Life, Love, & Learning.

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I seem to get new submissions every week.  Thanks to those who contribute.

  1. Tiffany Colter presents Writing Career Coach: How I got here: Part 3 posted at Writing Career Coach.
    Enjoy!
  2. James D. Brausch presents Failure? The Doorway to Success posted at Internet Business Blog.
  3. Wayne Buckhanan presents How to “Win” in Life posted at Life, Love, & Learning.
  4. James D. Brausch presents Cruise For Success? posted at Internet Business Blog.

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Here’s yet one more blog carnival.  Take a look and see what you like.

  1. Adrian presents Becoming a More Creative Individual posted at Path to Your Destiny.
  2. James presents The Organize IT Habits: Always Ask Why And How posted at Organize IT.
  3. Bhupendra Khanal presents Why are you a failure? posted at Business Analytics.
  4. Colleen Palat presents How Tutoring Can Be Your Solution To Overcrowded Classes | posted at Shari Nielsen.
  5. Todd presents Top 31 Motivation Hacks posted at We The Change.
  6. Mike King presents Preparing for your own performance review. posted at Learn This.
  7. Lenka presents All online dictionaries in one. posted at Learn English with “Sex and the City”.
  8. FruitfulTime presents What feelings do you instil in your audience? posted at Productivity Blog.
  9. Mark Fleming presents Respect Your Decisions posted at improvefast.net.
  10. Louise Manning presents Individual centred training posted at The Human Imprint.
  11. Eric Koshinsky presents Computer Mediated Communication & Teaching Grammar posted at Teachers Call.
  12. Tiffany Colter presents Lesson Learned and How I got here posted at Writing Career Coach.
  13. Raymond presents Take Advantage Of Gift Card Discounts At Supermarkets posted at Money Blue Book.

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I see a lot of blogs that are very heavy text often just one long paragraph.  While content is king, you have to do something to attract and keep people’s attention. 

Here’s a couple of things I’ve done to try an make my site more readable. 

  1. I start with an idea and then go look for a picture that expresses the idea.  In this post, I just wanted a picture to grab your attention.  Nothing like a dog with three balls in his month.
  2. Then I try to get across my point in a series of very short paragraphs.
  3. I try to keep my post to something that you can read in just a few minutes.  If I have more to say, I can always write another post.  Also if you exhaust a topic, what are you going to write about tomorrow.
  4. Keep to your theme but don’t be too predictable.  This blog is about learning so I always try to connect it in some way, but the range of topics is fairly broad.
  5. I also prefer a narrative style so it sounds like I’m having a conversation with the reader.

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After reading lots of blogs and especially the comments, I think ranting is very poplular.  Sometimes it’s just an argument for the sake of arguing.  Here’s a interesting video that’s a lot like some of the blogs.  It’s also good for all the Monty Python fans out there.

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transbust.gif  I’m looking for training, talent management, HR and learning professionals both working in companies or as consultants who would like to be contributors to this blog. 

Also if you have a great blog on learning or education that you’d like to see in my blog roll give me a shout.  Let’s keep this international so if you’re anywhere on the plant I’d like to hear from you.

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200px-shakespeare.jpg  I’ve been reading lots of blogs in the last few months.  Some are very well written and easy to follow.  Others are simply writing nightmares.  The most difficult blogs to read will have single paragraph posts of anywhere from 300 to 1000 words.  You really, really have to want to read these posts to get through them. 

The way most people read any article is that they look at the first paragraph and then the last paragraph.  If they, want to know more they will go back and start reading from the top again.  This means that the essense of a post should be in the first and last paragraph.  They need to be clear and well written.

I also favor shorter posts with frequent breaks every four or five lines even if they violate basic style rules.  It’s just easier on the eye.  I also think the best style, tone and person for a post is to write the way you would speak directly to the reader.  This means using a mixture of first and second person. 

Try a quick experiment.  Go to the tag surfer or click on a category and look at the full posts.  Look at the ones you decide not to read because their style and format isn’t very inviting.  When you’re done.  Go and write a nice short three paragraph post on your experience. 

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