Category Archives: Writing

Writer’s Block in Focus Again

When I started this blog in March 2007 I haphazardly talked about writer’s block when I felt no idea would flow on one occasion that I had to write a post.  I was still a novice then. I had a daily writing schedule for my blog at that time. I took up this pertinent issue a year later at this post.

 

Today I came across an interesting post at The Write Place blog  where Shaun Fawcett says “You too can Beat Writer’s Block”. “Writer’s block is fear-based”, says Shaun. And he comes up with 7 secrets he has identified for beating writer’s block. I thought this post might be of interest to anyone in the writing world and I’d commend it.

 

 

More on Grammar and Use of Words

Better be a fool for a while than to be a fool for ever. If in doubt check it out. Again, this is not another grammar lesson. It’s just sharing of another lesson learnt. What else is writing, if not about sharing your knowledge, your thoughts, and your feelings?

It can never be overemphasized. Every word counts in writing. It is the words you put on paper that are the building blocks of what you want to present to the reader. Correct use of words and grammar are the lifeblood of your writing. Together they constitute the vehicle of communication between you and your reader. If any of them is misplaced or inappropriately structured you can guess where your well researched piece might end up.

It is not uncommon that you will come across two words with similar connotations that may be easily mixed up; and mess up everything. Will you be able at the first go to make the difference between them? That’s where I want to come up with this post. Hats off if you’re an expert. Everybody isn’t. Be careful. It’s always good to check whether the vehicle is actually conveying what you wanted to.

In my last post I hinted at some words in common use that can spoil your writing if you don’t pay heed. Those are not the only ones. There’s a lot more; we can’t spot them all at a time. As we go along, others surface up; they’re important enough to stop and ponder upon.

Catching up with my reading of some familiar blogs, especially those that focus on writing and tips about writing, I picked up another set of such words – Dissatisfied, Unsatisfied from Daily Writing Tips. Can you see the difference? Not alien words, are they? Take a peek and see for yourself. I still remember in one of the courses I followed about the theories of motivation I was at a loss whenever I encountered these words. Each time I had to stop for a while to make sure I had the right message. Funny, isn’t it?

The use of verb moods is another area that deserves we stopped by. The mood you use will indicate how you are expressing your thoughts. You’ll find useful tips and explanations about the four moods – indicative, imperative, subjunctive and infinitive – at English Grammar 101: Verb Mood. It’s a simple, practical and straightforward guide for beginners and perhaps a refresher for those who are still experiencing difficulty at some stage or other.

So the next time you write remember that no words or verb moods can be taken for granted. If you have other examples of grammar and word use, do share it here.

Beware of the Spikes

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Pretty much often people get confused with simple words and end up with grammatical shortcomings in an otherwise good writing. Words that seem to convey the same meaning but not mean the same thing can spike all our writing. Have you come across such words? One word of caution though. Don’t take it personally. Any of us can get on the spikes if we are not careful about them.

Is it not common to use one word for another invariably without spotting the difference until somebody else pulls our ears? Let’s face it. This kind of mistake does often find its way in no less classy publications. Only the witty eyes will spot it.

I’m not a grammar specialist. I’m not a mentor. I won’t pretend to teach anybody. That’s not the aim of this post. I just want to share what I read from one of Nick Daws’ posts “Bad Grammar in a Holiday Brochure”. I thought his appreciation and advice about the use of words like “among”, “amongst”, “amid”, “amidst”, “between” are legitimate.

Nick has also been publishing quite a few books about writing and his latest gem is Essential English for Authors.

To your writing.

Writing as Freelance: Some Useful Links

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I’ve been quite busy these days. Yeah, really hectic. The days are going by quicker than I’d imagine. My blog’s been static for a while. So in order to keep you posted and also to wrap up for this month I thought of recommending you some articles in case you haven’t come across them yet. Here they are:

  1. If you are contemplating to write a book review and you are not sure how to make your way, no need to look further. Here’s a clear and concise article about How to Write a Book Review. It tells you what a book review is and how to go about writing one; the important points you need to consider from the title, the preface, the table of contents to reading the whole text, the genre, style, point of view, preparing an outline and writing the draft. There’s everything you need to know.
  2. If writing a query letter is what’s keeping you from sending an article proposal I’d recommend Moira Allen’s How to Write a Successful Query. This article deals lengthily on the issue of query; the value of a query, the query letter essentials and how to format a query letter. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t come up with a powerful query letter if you follow the guidelines.
  3. Jenna Glatzer’s The Beginner’s Guide To Freelance Writing gives a detailed account of how you can break into writing for magazines, newspapers and e-zines. From getting the “big idea” to researching the markets to writing the killer query, Jenna tells us all about writing “on spec or not on spec”, rights issues, interviews, and recycling your “big idea”, among other useful considerations. If you’ve considered freelancing as an option that’s where you’ll find all you need to master.
  4. Last but not least, if you are still confused about the correct format of your manuscript before you send it off Moira Allen will guide you through her A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format. She gives a standard formatting and submission procedure when you’ve finished your draft. From the basics to the final submission this article leads you the way.

I hope you find them useful. Keep on the good work. Write as often as you can if writing is what you have chosen as a career, as a side income earner or simply as a hobby. Good luck and happy May Day to the entire world’s labour force.

The “Rhythm of Writing” Formula

Even great writers will tell you: writing has never been an easy stuff. Granted to some extent we are all writers for doing some sort of writing now and then – letters, notes, mails and the like, which I’d call informal writing. Here you may not need to worry much about the quality of your writing. But when you are writing for a wider public then things become more serious and complicated. You have to know what you want to convey to the reader and how best you can do it to avoid the least confusion and monotonous reading.

One word of caution, though. The purpose of this post is not to tell you the ABC’s of writing. I just want to hint you on how the use of sentences is important in delivering the right meaning. If you are already an experienced writer this may not be for you.

Should our sentences be long or short? How long? How short? That’s the dilemma that writers often face. Any writer. Don’t feel awkward. It’s simple. Ask yourself questions. Do you want to be specific? You want to get to the point? Want to add stress or punch? Yes? Use short sentences.

Do you want to convey intense emotion, especially in writing fiction? Then use longer sentences.

Too much use of either the short or long sentence makes you appear a novice. Worse it bores the reader. And you don’t want to. Do you? What you are interested in is producing writing that will not suck; that will keep your reader tuned. Right? You need to keep the right balance. A good mix of short and long sentences is what makes a well-balanced writing. How to get that “good mix”? Relax. There’s a “simple formula”.

If you want to know more about the “simple formula” for sentence lengths, read Kristy Taylor’s Varying Your Sentence Lengths. “Learning the ‘rhythm of writing’ isn’t something you’ll learn overnight, but with practice you’ll catch areas in your writing that lack variety and you’ll learn how to transform your sentences into memorable prose,” says Kristy in concluding her article.

To your writing.

April Fools and Writer’s Block

If you’ve been sent on a “fool’s errands” as soon as you woke up this morning; or if somebody played pranks on you to make you believe something ridiculous; or still if you discovered the picture of a fish taped on your back, remember it’s April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day. The French call it “Poisson d’Avril” (April Fish).

“Oh, how could I be so gullible,” you feel embarrassed. Sheer absurdity, isn’t it? And if you had planned to wake up for a quiet writing day, it’s all spoilt. Your mood is off. Your mind is still revolving around this moment where you find yourself a standing jest. You can’t do anything about it. It’s a day of hoaxes celebrated in many countries around the world.

Don’t feel blocked in your writing though. And if this is what you’ve been dreading of, know that this fear can lead to the condition of the blank page or screen, writer’s block. It’s not the prank of April’s fool anyway. You probably need to shake yourself up, take a deep breath and start over again before you get stuck as you don’t want to break your writing rhythm.

Incidentally, in her article “Writers Block – What to Do about It”. Anne Wayman provides some useful tips to address this awful condition which affects to great extent beginners.

Anne identifies two types of fatigue that, according to her own experience, “can lead to temporary writer’s block”: fatigue from “not getting enough rest; and fatigue from not taking enough breaks during the writing process”.

Taking deep breaths, drinking water to lubricate the brain and the body, doing some physical action to change your state, talking about it are among the practical solutions Anne proposes to tackle this issue which, if not addressed properly, can exacerbate and become “a sign of deeper problems” that might require professional counselling.

And if you do fancy having another practical look at this problem you might consider taking a peek at “Is this writer’s block?”, which I wrote last year at the beginning of my blogging trail.

Have fun as you read.

Fly my butterfly

One year already, since I started and launched this blog, my first ever encounter in the blogosphere. It’s been a passionate journey into the world of writing. I do indeed have to confess, I learnt a lot from this, shall I now call it, hobby. Battling in the field of pros was kind of very exciting, enriching and above all inspiring. That’s the least I can say.

I didn’t choose to launch my blog site on the day I started it, that is on the eve of the independence and republic day of my country. “It’s a mere coincidence that I start my first blog on this auspicious occasion of our independence,” read one of the lines in my first post Figures 39 and 15 on 12 and 3, which ended with “It’s a day for me to take the first bold step…

I’m still wondering on this mathematical-puzzle-type heading, and whether it was appropriate to the story. With hindsight I find it somewhat funny. Anyway I was just taking the plunge into the ocean of letters, figures and characters. “Survive if you can, or never ever dare show yourself again,” I pledged to myself.

Bold step it was indeed; hardest for being the first. I never knew I could keep up with the rhythm: 167 posts; OK not too much, not too little either, about one post every two days on the average. Not fair enough as a part timer? Agree, at times it could’ve been all crap. But that’s what it may be like when you set off crafting.

Each moment is one where your adrenalin is at its highest. Often getting wrecked looking for the right words, gone for ever once lost. Who hasn’t had a ready-to-burst itching head? Is it always swift writing? Who can tell?

And then you realise that the stumbling blocks on your way and your never-let-go temperament are what help mould your craft with renewed vigour. That’s what brought me to where I find myself today; not much of perfect, but still better than the novice I was on the same day last year.

Would I convince you if I told you it’s damn hard work? Those who’ve been through this journey know what I mean, unless they were born bloggers or writers (Is there something like a “born” blogger or writer?) like the born “leaders”.

I wouldn’t be the blogger I am (granted I have yet a long way to go), had I not peeped in and drunk from the well of other experienced and well-established bloggers and writers, although I didn’t always leave any comment. It isn’t pretty much my thing to comment just for the sake, I’m sorry. A comment is worth when it adds value to the discussion. Skelliewag knows what I’m talking about. Skellie found in me the “most valuable commenter of the week” for my “thoughtful” comments in her “Ask the Readers: What’s Your Definition of Success?

Incidentally, you may wish to read her remarks in her subsequent post Ask the Readers: Where are the Holes in Your Leaky Bucket?

You’ll also find a reflection of the comments in my own post

From a strictly writing perspective I have been particularly impressed and inspired by renowned professionals like Darren Rouse (Pro-Blogger), Skellie (Skelliewag), Nick Daws (My Writing Blog), Linda Jones (Freelance Writing Tips), Suzanne Harris (Suzie – My Digital Desk) to name but a few; the list would be too long.

But on the technical side I have to say it loud: I am greatly indebted to my webmaster, Wakish. From the design and layout to the theme and avatar, from free to a paid hosting service with my own domain name, the credit goes to him only. He’s the one who’s been by my side, always, since the inception. His excellent workmanship and his unflinching technical support, guidance and collaboration have been determinant in the process of realising and hosting of this site. It was all Greek to me. Would it suffice to just say thank you so much Wakish? For one thing, no money can compensate for the perseverance you had in putting up things for me.

Well, folks if you find me still afloat it’s thanks to your trusted readership and support. And if you’ve been through my welcome and about pages, you should already be aware that Alfa King Memories is dedicated to sharing knowledge and experiences with a view to honing one’s writing. This is still valid today and will ever be; more so with enhanced professionalism and commitment to excellence.

One year after, am I still crawling? Or toddling? Am I, like my country, able to stand on my own feet? You know, one can never be objective towards oneself. You people are better placed to gauge how I’ve been faring. So use my comment box. Tell me how I can improve. More than a stumbling-block, criticism is for me a propellant, a stepping-stone, keep this in mind.

How will I rate the success of my blog? I don’t have a straightforward answer. I’d define success in terms of the extent of feeling of satisfaction and recognition I derive in the step-by-step realization of the goal I’ve set. It’s a passionate journey, as I said at the beginning, and each day is a fulfilment in itself, a success for my blog.

I’ll end up with Gabry PONTE’s My Butterfly lyrics:

Fly or never fly, across the sky fly forever fly my butterfly fly or never fly,
across the sky fly forever fly my butterfly every time I close my eyes
I can fly across the sky I spread my wings I feel fine I see my world so blue
and no doubts I’d seel my life for a dream come true
live one day and then I’ll die like a butterfly. I fly, I fly, I fly
.

Cheers.

Thinking of writing a press release?

You’ve established your blog and started writing. Yeah? That’s a bold step into the world of writing. The first step is always the hardest. Alfa King Memories is not privy to this. But you’d understand from my previous post that it’s a great opportunity to practise your writing skills. As you proceed you’ll see the avenues are numerous.

However, there’s no single way you can break into print if you are serious about it. OK, I know you are determined. That’s why you are here. But it all depends on how you look at it although you may not be an expert in a particular field.

Go ahead, slowly but surely, as they say. Grab the area you are most at ease; but don’t neglect those that might offer opportunities for steady income if you get to master the skills. Press release is one of them. That’s exactly what we are going to see together in this post. Can I ask a question before we proceed?

What is a press release?

Any guess? OK, let’s find out.

Put simply a press release is a statement, and as its name implies it is meant for the press. The aim is to announce a product or service or whatever that is newsworthy in order to get media coverage at no cost. In other words it’s a free publicity opportunity for the item presented.

What a press release is not

No shrugging. I can legitimately anticipate your question: “But is it not advertising?” No it isn’t. Advertising is different. It uses a different language, boasting and flowery style. It aims at appealing to the customer with a view to persuade them to buy a product or service.

In a press release you are not selling. The aim is not to sell. You are not talking to the customer. If you followed me I mentioned “newsworthy” and “media coverage”. This implies:

(i) You are writing for a particular audience: the press or the media, which is not interested in buying something. The media seeks rather to fill the need for news. The press release should therefore appeal first and foremost to this target audience.

(ii) The press release should answer the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, why) of the news item and provide as much information as possible.

A word of caution however:

But beware. Don’t overwrite. Stick to the KISS principle. Keep it short, simple (I won’t say silly or stupid, because you need to be serious here. We are talking business).

Write it all in a business tone. Avoid emotion. Be factual. Use active voice; avoid jargon and too flowery language; be objective but provide adequate background information about the product or service including corporate profile.

A well written press release should be no more than 400 to 500 words.

Are you still with me? So before wrapping up, let’s cast a glance at the constituents of a press release.

What are the elements of a press release?

A typical press release will be composed of elements such as:

(i) A headline – a single line that tells what the press release is about. It should grab the attention of the journalist for whom you are writing. So if you can write from a journalist’s perspective you’ve got it.

(ii) A dateline – the release date and usually the city of origin.

(iii) A summary – a synopsis of the news to be released, elaborating on the headline.

(iv) An introduction – a first paragraph with basic information to grab the attention.

(v) A body – a paragraph giving further details and explanation.

(vi) An about section – also called a “boilerplate”, providing corporate background information.

(vii) A Contact information section – spelling out the name, telephone number, mailing address, e-mail or any other means the media can reach the company.

Hold on; not finished yet. How would you indicate the end of the press release? Simple, insert the characters “# # #” or “-30-” at the bottom of the page.

That’s it folks. Whether you’ve decided to write a press release or otherwise, I hope you find it useful. I’d welcome any other viewpoints, suggestions or comments.

If you want to read further I’d suggest the following:

How to Write a Proper Press Release

Some examples of how to write a press release

Establish a blog and start writing!

So you want to break into writing? You are stuck somewhere? While you are still trying to juggle with your first words your neighbours are already way ahead of you. “Is there a magic formula?” You start asking yourself. “Why can’t I make it?” The hard facts are that you don’t become a writer overnight; some people end up writing although they didn’t want to; and still there are those who never become writers however they strive. You understand what I mean?

Well, don’t get complacent about it. Writing has never been so easy, so accessible, and so affordable. Numerous tools are available and we cannot deny the significant contribution of the electronic media to that effect. All we need is to get to know how we can make the best use of what is at hand. If we can learn from the experiences and the guidance of established writers and professionals in the domain, there’s no reason we can’t achieve our goals.

That is why I’d suggest you read about what a professional writer and editor has to say. “Establish a blog and start writing!” advises London-based travel writer, Caitlin Fitzsimmons. It gives “an immediate outlet and the opportunity to practise writing and get feedback from readers”.

Caitlin was interviewed by Kiwiwriter at Write to Travel blog. This interview addresses various pertinent issues about writing; and Caitlin is very firm on them. Like, for example, she doesn’t advocate “writing for free” as you’ll be “doing yourself and your profession a disservice”. And she advises you to “try to hang on to copyright”, which is quite akin to what I expressed in my previous post.

Anyone willing to get into writing, travel writing in particular, may find this interview useful. As she was interviewed for a travel writing blog, Caitlin talks extensively about travel writing, the future of travel writers and challenges of travel writing before giving us an insight of the wonderful island of Tasmania which is her favourite place.

Don’t write off your rights

Do you always think about your rights when you write? Well, I mean especially when you write for publications. Whatever you put down on paper in your own words belongs to you. It is your copyright. Not only when you are writing, but also, and more importantly, when you are about to sign a contract. Very often the joy of a fresh writing position drives you crazy, especially if it’s your first contract. You just head for the signature line and there you are, you give your consent without even giving a thought to what’s in there that you are agreeing to.

Yes, a contract is an agreement; once you sign it you are bound to it. And when you realise it may be too late. You find yourself with all your rights on your writing lost or you end up at the courts. And you know what it means: shear wastage of months or even years of your time and energy.

Pay heed to every word. Sometimes the most important part of the contract may be written in small characters which make it difficult to go through attentively. You have the tendency to skip the never ending terms and conditions. That’s the worst mistake you make.

It can never be over-emphasized. Have the patience to read every word. It may take some time, but it’s important. It’s even more important when you write on the net. More often than not you land up on people you have never seen, never heard of and you may not know how credible they are. They may be stealing your rights with a contract.

In his article “Don’t Sign Away Your Rights” writer Jonathan Bailey from The Blog Herald hints us on what we should watch out for. He calls our attention to words like “Exclusive, Sub-licensable/Transferable, Perpetual/Irrevocable, Moral Rights (Outside US), Non-Compete Clause” making their way in the contract agreement. Those are the words that will tie your hands to the publisher.

Jonathan Bailey tells us also about what we can do in compromise if we are not comfortable with anything in a contract. Even what we don’t sign may put us in awkward posture. “Be Careful of What You Don’t Sign”, he warns us.

So the next time you have a contract in hand do pay attention. Make sure you understand every clause of the terms and conditions. What rights you offer and what you keep for yourself is as important as what is vital for your survival as a writer and what you can do away with without much worries.

Clarity and Brevity Make Good Blogging

Is word count important when writing posts? Would you always enjoy reading a post overly written? Have you thought about how readers feel when they have to scroll at length in a single post?

Let’s face it. When the words start flowing it’s not always easy to control our fingers on the keyboard. We find it difficult to chop a single word. And we end up with texts full of adjectives, adverbs and unnecessary words which hardly add any value and are not easily digestible. They make reading boring.

Well, it’s a fact that people read much slower from the screen than from a print out. It is therefore important to pay attention to word count. Writing in a clear, concise and straightforward manner will go a long way in developing and maintaining good readership.

I won’t pretend to be a mentor here. I just want to share some useful tips I found at The Writers’ Perspective. In her post Blogs: How to Keep your Word Count Down, Maria Schneider stresses on the need to avoid wordiness. Keep it short,” she says. “Be ruthless. Cut down your wordiness. It will make your post more concise and readable and that’s essential to good blogging. Good writing = Good blogging.”

In her follow-up post Cutting words in your posts: Part 2 Maria gives a concrete example of how you can write ‘cleaner and tighter” by editing your post.

I know you should be asking yourself: “How short?” While there’s no hard and fast rule, “300 words a post is a good target,” recommends Maria in her 20 Tips for Good Blogging.

I hope these make sense to any would-be blogger or anyone interested in revisiting their blog and improving their style.

So, keep writing and mind your word count when you write your next post. I’ll be more careful myself.

Free Multi-Media Blogging Course – My evaluation

You’d recall in my post the other day I mentioned about the free multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. I committed myself to let you know what I think about it once I’d have checked it out. I’ve gone through it and here’s what I have retained:

  1. Once you go to the Simpleology page, you have to follow some steps before you can access the course.
  2. The first one urges you to copy and paste a code on a blog post on your blog.
  3. Then you need to confirm that you’ve done so by giving them the related URL for them to verify.
  4. After which you’ll need to follow another series of steps involving signing up with Simpleology, which will allow you access to their pages.
  5. There’s a series of offers and downloads which you need not necessarily accept. It’s not a pre-requisite to view the course. But you have to go through the steps before you can reach the course page.
  6. Then you reach one of the pages of the Simpleology “WebCockpit”, with the label “Daily Targets” as heading on the top left hand corner. If you look in the right-hand column you’ll see the blogging course under the heading “Electives”.

Well, I must confess the steps were indeed a real chore. But it’s the price you got to pay if you want to have a free stuff, worth checking.

What can I say? The course is indeed interesting and enriching for anyone contemplating to set up a blog. But others with already a blog will find it useful too; sort of reminder for any improvement. There are 15 lessons, each on an average of five minutes, which you can access in audio files. Alongside there’s an interactive quiz which allows you to test how you understood the topics dealt with. You have also the option to download and print the course as a PDF file.

It’s a very simple easy-to-understand-and-follow course, packed with tips starting from what a blog is all about, how you can create your blog using the various soft wares available, promoting your blog, making money from your blog… you know, things like that.

All in all I’ll say it’s very well presented, straightforward and professional. It’s worth taking a peek and grabbing your copy while it’s still free. You may also browse the other pages and see what’s in there for you, if interested. You may also leave the site without any obligation.

That’s what I had to say about it. If you happen to check it, do let me know what you think about it, either in my comment box or via my contact page. After all, my blog is all about sharing knowledge and experiences.

Cheers.

Degree or experience?

Around the beginning of last month I came up with a post about the relevance or not of a degree for one to be a writer. I suggested that although you may have a good academic qualification you’d need to master some basic writing skills.

It was in some sort a follow up to a previous post where I stated that “there’s no straightforward answer to it.” And that “most writers, coaches or writing course providers would say you don’t need an English degree. They’d say a good command of English is all you need.”

This question of whether you need to have a degree has been haunting the minds of people on a global scale. While some time ago when not everybody could afford higher education for various reasons, a degree was held in high esteem. Degree holders were “demigods”. Today everybody seems to have access to higher education up to some college or university level. They haven’t lost their importance though.

But then people start talking about experience. Many companies look for experience in addition to your degree. New degree holders are often held in hostage while seeking jobs. How can you acquire experience when you haven’t had the opportunity to work? And how can you apply for jobs when you don’t have the qualifications?

This brings me to the question: “which is more important: education or experience?” And that’s what precisely JCM Enterprises, “a professional team of Canadian and U.S. writers with experience, talent and high-caliber skills” attempts to answer in their latest post “Do You Need a Degree to Be a Professional? 

Some interesting comments follow the article which, I’d say, is written in a well-balanced manner. Like one that says: “I agree that my writing skills owe more to my high school English teachers than to anything I learned in university.” Or another one: “my room mate, a structural engineer, never went to college, never got any kind of formal training, and is totally self-taught. He works for a major Sign Company here in Vegas and totally blows away any of the other engineers in his department.

I’m keen to know more about this problematic issue which I consider of vital importance in an environment of cut-throat competition. I am also concerned about how it works in different counties. In my own, a degree is required for important positions. Then you are a professional. So folks, what do you think? Do you value a degree? Do you consider that a degree is essential in life? Or experience? Or both?

Free Multi-Media Course on Blogging

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

Enhancing your authority

It’s the aim of every blogger to become an authority in the blogoshpere. For whatever reasons; little does it matter. And once they accede to a certain level, it’s legitimate to want to reach the summum bonum. I’m sure you’ve made this as one of your resolutions for the new year. Am I right? Well, don’t feel uncomfortable if you haven’t. You can still think about it.

One of the ways bloggers gauge their authority is through the popular social media. Technorati is one of them that lead you to the desired recognition. I said “desired” because you set your pace. You’ll get recognition if you desire recognition. And when you are recognized, you are appreciated, you drive in-bound traffic; you enhance your authority.

However, one thing you should bear in mind. Your degree of authority lies where you are in the authority hierarchy of Technorati (because we are talking of Technorati). You can easily guess that the most authoritative of all would be those that lie in the Top 100. Can you make it? Huh… That’s big achievement. Yeah it is.

Whatever the level of your blog, if you are committed to delivering quality materials to your readership, there’s no doubt you’ll pull traffic to your site (for whatever reasons). People want value content written in a clear, concise and consistent manner. If you can do this there’s no reason why you can’t reach to the top of the table.

Still sceptic? I’ll tell you how. Just follow the seven tips that Skellie gives us in A Guide to Breaking Into the Technorati Top 100.

Good luck.