I just wanted to let you know that my most recent posts included a certain amount of . . . misinformation (especially when I tried to make predictions), so this one should set the record straight on a few things.
So far we only have one new grandchild (but a second egg is in motion):
I still have fifty pages to go and there has been no 70° weather yet:
It took three visits from Vera to half deplete the cleaning supplies. I will continue to monitor the situation silently:
(Now, in defense of my recent posts, please notice the reports in today’s paper – “Desperately Seeking Young Teachers” and “Styrians are Keeping Chickens Again”)
The fourth correction to be made is that the picture in my last post was of my elder daughter’s second last high school test. Today she had the last one – in German, so no drama there. It’s now looking fairly certain that she will make the Honor Roll – no, scratch that. I did not say that. (“I will not make predictions. I will not make predictions . . .”) I was also sort of wrong about her being done with high school. She came home today with an English assignment to do. A sample test question for the upcoming graduation exam.
Her task is to write a blog post and to make things easier, she got this handy instruction/information sheet including useful phrases to use. I looked it over and it seems I have been doing this blogging thing all wrong for the past four years.
The info sheet begins by defining a blog as an “online diary” that deals with “political themes, private experiences, travels, music, art, sports, youthful topics, or work”. (So, no chickens, Cheetos, or childishness.) Each post should have a title with a lot of nouns (Oops!), and an introduction that encourages the audience to keep reading (Oops! Oops!). It should begin with a friendly and familiar greeting, like “Hey guys!”
“I never do that,” I told my daughter.
“Yeah,” she answered, “but I have to or my teacher will deduct points.”
In my daughter’s case, the post must be three paragraphs on the topic of binge drinking, whereby the first includes a negative experience, the second lays out all the disadvantages and negative effects, and the third is there to “explain [her] view on the matter”.
I asked: “Can you write that you have these views because the test question told you to?”
“Yeah,” she answered, “but my teacher will deduct points.”
In addition, her blog post should address the reader directly, include some questions, and conclude by asking for/encouraging comments. So, what do all of you think about all this? Have you ever seen rules like these? Is this how you write your posts? Let me know! I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts! Please share in the comments below! I’m not kidding. DO IT!!
And in case you need some help in writing your comment, here are some useful phrases you can use:
- I have stumbled across your blog recently and I . . .
- I must say that I really enjoyed reading your blog.
- I am so happy to have read your blog and I can only recommend it.
- Thank you for pointing out that . . .
- I just wanted to say that I completely share your opinion.
- Great job!
If that is not enough, you can check the comments in your spam filter for more.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!