I’m running the soon to be new default theme for WordPress. You’ll find it available after the next WordPress release – 3.5. As you can see these theme looks amazing, and unlike the last two default themes there’s no header, though you can easily add one with its provided options.
While this design is minimalist, I could be happier with its code. I had planned to write all the code myself, and design it in Photoshop or the likes – but I got lazy. I’m using _s by Automattic a great theme for starting off your own theme. I believe they use it internally.
I was also planning on pushing my design skills by reading more, but so far I like where the theme is going. Though I promise I’ll try to get some reading in there before I bring the theme anyway near the internet!
I’ve been coinsously collecting articles online with good sound writing advice. While reading these links provides
tonnes some help in advancing your writing online I think your time would be better spent actually writing.
The Oat Meal is a hilarious web comic, its creator hates bad grammar. While he gives out about the people who use such language, he also teaches the masses grammar in a very unique style. http://theoatmeal.com/tag/grammar.
Neil Patel writes about how sometimes forgetting about SEO and writing an article to go viral, explaining how to achieve this. http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/06/04/forget-seo-heres-how-to-write-a-post-that-goes-viral/
Copyblogger now have a section dedicated to copywriting – here’s that page. http://www.copyblogger.com/copywriting-101/
I don’t think the Kincaid readability test is a number to be worrying about. But It is a good idea to keep tabs on your sentence structure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch-Kincaid_readability_test
I’ve intentionally kept the list small as I want to focus on writing more than reading about writing. Now I must get back to writing, instead of writing about reading about writing, or writing about writing instead of reading. Ouch..
I’ve love to hear your thoughts on these links, and if you’ve anything to add to this list please let me know!
After reading an email I received today about what it means to receive review codes before reviewing an app, it got me thinking about the subject. It also passes over to games journalism. Many games journalists, and aspiring games journalists started out not looking to earn money, but to receive free copies of games. I know I did. Though this leaves you in debt to the developers, and ultimately puts your review at risk of being biased.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a disclaimer in an article on any of the bigger gaming sites, if ever. Without going into this too much today shouldn’t this debt to the developer be announced at the beginning of the post? I guess its taken nowadays that the big sites always do receive a free copy of the game. But what off the free goodies the sometimes receive?
Just a quick thought.
As I write a lot online I’ve decided to start on an endeavor to improve my blogging and copywriting skills. For SEO I’ve started reading – Getting to know SEO. I’ve done a lot of work in SEO – mainly from a developers point of view though, I know that’s going about it the wrong way as content is king but I build websites so what can you expect? Now that I’m writing more than I ever thought I could I think its a good idea to get up to speed on SEO again.
If you’ve any recommended reading for SEO, or indeed English I would love to hear from you!