Hemingway on Writing for the Web

Brian at CopyBlogger has posted a great article called Ernest Hemingway’s Top Five Tips for Writing Well. The emphasis is on being short and to the point in your writing as Hemingway mostly was. This type of style doesn’t work for everyone, but I think it’s particularly suited to writing for the web.

Many of us don’t have much time to surf the web and soak up information, so it’s great when that information is given in such a way that it can be understood and absorbed quickly. Brian’s post is a great example of utilizing this style. In just a couple of minutes, the reader can get all the important details of the post and begin digesting the information. If CopyBlogger isn’t on your list of must-reads, add it now.

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3 Responses to Hemingway on Writing for the Web

  1. Syed says:

    That’s a good idea, Roy, but most webmasters wont follow it.
    These days everybody is obsessed with creating “content”. Everyone knows SEs cant judge the quality of text, only quantity. So they don’t care about the quality that much. Sometimes I end up on sites which seem like a joke. Surrounded by uncountable adsense, they almost tell you to brush your teeth in the morning, and use toilet paper after you pass. With such rare and surprising gems of wisdom, they manage to grab high enough ranking to grab unsuspecting visitors like me. As for quality links, which can only be attracted through good content, they probably don’t have such long term plans anyway.

  2. ray says:

    Hi Syed,
    I agree that most webmasters won’t follow these tips, but they’re still great tips for writing. I know there’s a lot of discussion out there about good writing versus web writing, but I tend to think that good writing is just good writing, wherever you find it.

    I’ve come across those sites, too, and I think there will always be a lot of noise out there interfering with our signal. Unfortunately, that goes with the territory. The search engines are getting better at filtering out garbage sites, but it’s a slow process. Are they really that concerned about it because they’re making money regardless, or do they really care about providing the very best service to their users? Time will tell.

    P.S. Just as an aside: You’re the second person who has called me Roy (with an ‘O’) instead of Ray (with an ‘A’) in the last day. Don’t worry: I’m not offended. This happens to me quite a bit and it’s kind of funny. I might have to write a post about this phenomenon. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Syed says:

    hehehe, sorry, roy, i mean, ray.

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