When you’ve been blogging for ages, like I have – I’m a veteran since July of ’07, the golden age of blogging – you get a fair amount of traffic in and out for links. I got one yesterday, though, that really caught my attention. Hunter Nuttall has a post up mentioning my blog: “The 10 Most Readable Blogs (That I Like)“. What made this an unusual post was that it compared me with a few bloggers you may have heard of … Leo Babuta? Seth Godin? Steve Pavlina? and I came out on top. I love the writing everyone on the list does – look at it and you’ll see why. Being listed #1 made my day.
Now before I get too excited I have to admit that this is just a readability test Hunter did – not a “quality of content” test or anything of that nature. I think it goes without saying that those guys are a lot more influential than I. However, as someone who has dithered around with writing for years, hearing that my writing is “readable” is a comforting and validating compliment, so I appreciate the time Hunter took to consider his blogroll and have me come out on top.
I am a gasbag. If you meet me in person, I’m one of those people who can get on a roll and pontificate on everything from the Jets’ offensive line woes (letting Kendall go caused at least 4 losses this year) to minutiae of Soviet history to investing strategy to ‘passive income‘ to the Pioneer anomaly (which is making me lose sleep these days) …. you get the picture. But at the same time I really like the mental discipline of taking my verbal spew and funneling it into print; it’s a challenge to take my wanderings and tighten them up into a normal train of thought on e-paper.
So thanks to Hunter’s post, I decided to highlight a few of the posts I wrote on writing when I started Brip Blap, before many people were reading or commenting – hopefully at least one of them might be of interest:
- how to write a halfway-decent email
- you are reading the work of the greatest writer in the world
- 10 suggestions for better writing
I also want to ask if everyone who reads who enjoys writing could recommend one author or one book who has influenced you stylistically. Not someone whose stories you liked – I love Tolkien’s books, for example, but I’m not really trying to copy his style. On the other hand, I’m not really a big horror fan, and other than “The Stand” I’m not a huge fan of his books, but I make a conscious effort to imitate Stephen King’s writing style. Who influences your writing style – or to think of it another way, whose writing would you read regardless of subject? I am open to suggestions!
PS If anyone feels like nominating me for a bloggie, hint, hint, I sure would appreciate it.