But what do people do when they “blog?”
Sure, quite a lot! News agencies, celebrities, corporations, political organizations, etc, have used the blog technology in several, several ways.
And yet, inherent in the definition of blog is ‘personal writing.’ “Personal thoughts.” “Personal opinions.” Personal position. Exactly same as in “essay.” Look that up.
So I fancy “blog” only a trendy way of saying “essay.” What about You?
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Am I a Blogger or an Essayist?
Nonetheless, I think it’ll be more formal, appropriate, and help me get better respect to regard myself as “essayist” rather than “blogger.”
Really, I think we should all see what we post on our personal “blogs” as essays. Web essays? Then only allow the misnomer “blog” for convenience.
Does that make sense? More of these “web essays” and I’m an essayist (in the digital age), but not a blogger.
That is, that we blog doesn’t make us blogger. But we blog to publish essays digitally. To put ourselves out there. Easily. Quickly. Therefore, we are…?
I think essayist is more descriptive, too.
I believe if we do this we will be able to take blogging more seriously and write more compelling web essays.
In this … essay, I present 6 cascading steps we can all follow to produce well-structured, well-argued essays updated for readers in the digital age.
Call it my essay on blogging. But I’ll make it practical for you.
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6 Cascading Steps to a Well-Structured, Well-Argued Web Essay
- Introduce your idea generally.
- Clarify the idea (thought, opinion, suggestion, etc) with specifics. This is building out the general idea (with supporting facts, a few of which will usually suffice).
- Share one or two easy to grasp illustrations or examples so your reader can let the idea affect her, shift her thinking, be one she can adapt to (and possibly adopt).
- Make your idea or suggestion practical by discussing one, two or as many steps as are necessary to show how it can work in the real world. Perhaps how it had worked before. Or a similar to.
- Site examples within these practical steps. These will really impress the idea in minds and make people accept your new way of thinking. Your suggestion(s).
- Conclude by restating your idea or some clarified version of it. Finally, you’re decrescendoing your opinion on a note of approval. You expect to be taken.
Will This Web Essay Structure Work?
To see how this structure works, I’ll encourage you to read Michael Hyatt’s essay on persistence. Then study its different parts or sections against those six steps.
While at his blog, study a few more of his posts. Say, three should do.
You’ll see that, though this structure is not followed religiously everywhere, it defines Hyatt’s essays’ warp and woof. In fact, I did deconstruct this structure from reading and listening to him.
I liked it and reasoned it would make sense to write this way.
Why, why publish an opinion if you can’t show people it’s correct, it works, and it’s the way to go? See?
Here’s another essay where this cascading structure is as followed as if it was a model already known to this author. Perhaps it was. And is.
Certainly other “bloggers,” or (web) essayists follow the same or similar structure.
The ultimate goal for an essay, to impress your opinion (your views, your perspectives, your thoughts, your you know what) on others is definitely met with a structure such as this.
I may not have perfectly structured previous essays by this formula. But going forward, this is the way for me. And I do hope I nailed it with this very one! Did you notice?
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