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Friday, July 11, 2008

Bloggers Are Terrible Writers

There are so many bad writers on the Internet, especially in the blogging world, so here are some amusing rules to help you become a world-class writer.

34 Rules For Kick ass Writing

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually)
unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used unless you don’t want to seem too formal.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not always apropos.
13. Do not use more words, phrases, sentences, or other linguistic elements than you, yourself, actually really and definitely need to use or employ when expressing yourself or otherwise giving voice to what you may or may not be thinking when you are trying to say how many words you should use or not use when using words.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. Don’t use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, i.e. etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill excessive exclamation points!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others elude to them.
25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
27. Eliminate distracting quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson is said to have once remarked, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
28. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
And finally…
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Credit: I have spent the past few hours trying to find the original source of this, I have asked numerous people, and done numerous searches, and the best I could do was to narrow it down to 8,400 webpages and two possible authors.

I apologise if I am wrong, but the closest I can find to an original source is here: Source

Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Notebook



In the last six months we've seen a wide variety of cost effective, yet powerful, video cards hit the market. First came NVIDIA's superb GeForce 8800 GT last October which
despite being introduced at an upper mid-range price point, provided top-notch performance not far off from the best cards of the day at nearly 1/3 the price. The 8800 GT was followed closely by the launch of the thrifty GeForce 9600 GT just a few months later which provided similar performance for even less. Then, last week, ATI fired back with the excellent Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 video cards which retail at the same affordable mid-range prices but provide strong performance that is eclipsed only by the most monstrous and expensive cards currently available. Indeed, building a capable gaming computer hasn't been this cost effective in years and at this time we have an unprecedented number of solid video card choices in the mid-range price segment.Unfortunately, nearly all of the action has been on the desktop. While notebook graphics have received a few updates in the last year, relatively little progress has been made in terms of performance in the mid-range. Since its debut last May, the GeForce 8600M has been the poster child for mid-range mobile graphics. Until recently, it was the graphics card most commonly seen in multimedia and gaming inclined mid-range notebooks. This is unfortunate since the GeForce 8600M has shown that it simply isn't an ideal gaming card and it can't begin to compete with the superb mid-range desktop video cards of today. The introduction of the GeForce 9600M series and the Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series greatly expanded the number of graphics card choices available for mid-range notebooks, but unfortunately performance has not improved much over the previous generation.
The result of this stagnation in the mid-range mobile graphics segment is that gamers will need to upgrade to a high-end GeForce 8800M equipped notebook in order to enjoy gaming performance similar to a mid-range gaming desktop system. While there are quite a few manufacturers building 8800M equipped notebooks, almost all of them are high-end products that demand top dollar for the pleasure. Gateway's "P-Series FX" line-up of 17" gaming notebooks seems no different at first glance. However careful inspection of product specifications reveals that their most junior P-Series FX model weighs in at just $1,349.99, a decidedly mid-range price point. Yet it's still powered by a GeForce 8800M, just like the rest of the otherwise high-end FX notebook line-up. This GPU choice alone potentially makes the junior P-Series FX model one of the best gaming and multimedia machines in the entire mid-range notebook price segment, so we couldn't resist taking a closer look.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Generate Traffic With Technorati Tagging


Technorati can be considered as a MASSIVE directories that record blogging activities. In this post I will show you how to use Technorati tagging to improve your search engine rankings, increase links to your blog and drive more traffic to your site.But, what are Tags? Basically tags are similar to keywords, they are used to described and categorized your posts or articles. Technorati uses tags to categorize blogs or blog posts.

So, how do you take advantage of Technorati to bring more traffic to your blog?

Here are the steps to use Technorati tagging for traffic generation…

1. Go to www.technorati.com and create an account (it’s free).

2. Now sign into Technorati using your account. Scroll down the screen until you see the “Technorati Tools” menu.

3. Under “Technorati Tools”, you will see a link “Claim your blog”.

4. Now click on the “Claim your blog” link and then enter your blog’s URL and click on “Begin Claim” button.

5. Now click on “Use Quick Claim” link, Technorati will then ask you to enter your blog username and password. NOTE: you must enter the correct username and password here! This is how Technorati verify that you are the authorised user for this blog.

6. If you enter your blog username and password correctly, you will see the message: “Congratulations! You’ve successfully claimed your blog.”

7. Now the last step is to enter a descriptions of your blog in a description field and keywords in the tags fields. Technorati provides many tags fields for you to enter as many relevant keywords as possible to describe your blog. Make sure you take advantage of it. After you enter a description of your blog and relevant keywords, click “Save Blog Info” button and you’re done!

Below is an example of one of my claimed blog in Technorati…


Ok, now you have claimed your blog in Technorati. The next question is how do you get tagged by Technorati? In other words… how do you use tags in your blog post so that it can be tagged in Technorati?

If you’re using wordpress blog, wordpress provide a tag field for you to enter your tags or targeted keywords when you create your post (see screenshot below).


IMPORTANT TIPS: if you want to take advantage of Technorati tagging to improve search engine rankings, backlinks and increase traffic to your blog, you must enter some relevant tags or keywords into your wordpress tags field before publishing the post.

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