Updated Mar, 3rd 2013
Why do you blog in the first place?
I blog because I want to share information, to give back to wonderful Internet that has helped me and provided me with help and information. Pay it back, pay it forwards, pay it sideways as it were. I also want to get better at writing in general, whether it is blog posts, articles or emails. Blog posts are great because I refine and hone my ability to communicate my thoughts clearly to be of use or to entertain an audience.
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3 great blog posts
The Case for HDR written by Scott Kelby
This is a fairly long post, exploring the pros and cons of HDR ( High Dynamic Range) processing of photos. It is informative and takes time to explain how things are seen from a non-photographer point of view. Of course it includes a number of images (photos) which illustrate the differences in non-HDR/HDR. I liked it because it answered some questions I had, and I guess many photographers had about why non-photographers liked the sometimes garish super-saturated processing and also why many photographers have conflicted feelings about this topic. It is refreshingly honest, as are many of Scott's posts and it helps the audience relate to him, even though he is super successful, super rich, famous etc.
How to detect BS by Scott Berkun
Another fairly long post by another Scott. This was written in 2006 but is rather timeless. I love Scott Berkun's writing because when read, it comes across as properly planned, researched, written and edited. There is structure and flow. Paragraphs logically follow the ones before and lead to later ones. Your train of thought is lead down a path. Each point of logic is well explained and informative, without using jargon. Humour is used though it never detracts, or distracts. Many of Berkun's articles share these attritbutes and you can see why he has written a number of books. Images are used but they are not as strong or effective as they could be. They seem like an afterthought, added when everything else is in place. Although there are twitter/fb share buttons, he also has an old style newsletter subscription. This probably works better at establishing and maintaining author/reader relationships.
How to beat procrastination by Oliver Emberton
Another explanation, learning type post. Oliver takes complicated concepts and explains them in a very easy to understand way. The tone is as if he was a friend chatting with you over coffee, never preachy but it is clear he knows his stuff (or if he doesn't he gives that impression). Oliver uses images to great effect. Simple cartoony graphics but they serve as memory hooks or shortcuts, especially when you review the material. Advice given is practical and easy to put into action. Since this is on Quora, it uses that system to share, discuss, spread word instead of twitter/fb.