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The Ecology of A Blog Post & The “Rules” of Writing


I’d never considered putting “ecology” and “blog” in the same sentence ’till yesterday.

The Ecology of Blog Posts & The

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When the idea shot through my mind, I went to my Oxford dictionary to confirm my hunch and found:

“…deals with organisms’ relations to one another and to the physical environment in which they live.”

If I change one word and drop another one, we have:

…deals with posts’ relations to one another and to the environment in which they live.

Let me demonstrate…

On 30 May, 2013 I wrote what I consider one of the most important posts on this blog—What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?

On June 26th of this year I wrote the post, Why Trying to Write a Bestseller Is Bad for Your Mental Hygiene.

The second post had a link ( a “relation” ) to the first post

Both posts had links out to other blogs ( relations to the environment [ blogosphere ] in which they live ).

There’s more to the ecology of the post about trying to write a bestseller—the following comment on that post:

“Thanks for the post – the truth will, indeed, set you free. I’ve begun to suspect that a lot of advice is an echo chamber. One ‘tip’ is to make money off wannabe authors with advice – I’ve seen many posts that seem to contain a lot of copy/paste and pacing outlines to force your story into. I’ve also read a number of successful novels that violate ‘standard advice’.

That comment was contributed by Kate Rauner and she provided a link ( relation ) out of the comment to examples of writing advice on her own blog

Many blogs take advantage of what used to be called “hypertexual” links—to posts within the blog itself and to other blogs (which can well have their own internal links)

I just might start calling them Ecological Links.

So

To continue the ecology of posts idea and show you a couple of my favorite posts by Kate, here are some Ecological Links out of this post:

The Sirens of Titan and Vonnegut’s Writing Rules

On Writing – A Memoir Of The Craft

What Makes a Novel Successful Is In the Mind of the Reader

Even though many of Kate’s posts are an exploration of why certain books are popular; and, she’s looking for writing advice, she did say, in that comment on one of my posts (about not trying to write a bestseller), that “…the truth will, indeed, set you free.”, and “I’ve begun to suspect that a lot of advice is an echo chamber.”
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8 responses to “The Ecology of A Blog Post & The “Rules” of Writing

  1. Kate Rauner July 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I’m glad you found something useful in my posts. Thanks for the links, and thanks for your previous posts. Here’s to good mental hygiene in writing!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      First, you’re very welcome…

      Yes!! I’ll raise a glass to “good mental hygiene in writing”!! :-)

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  2. philipparees July 28, 2015 at 7:31 am

    An interesting connection between content and the ecology in which it might thrive or die. My posts rarely thrive, perhaps being planted in the wrong soil or at the wrong season. A recent review of Watchman got attention simply because of timing which was entirely unplanned. A difference between blowing in the prevailing wind or using the prevailing wind to blow something new or different. A good way to think about when to use words, and what they might be.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Well, Philippa, I can’t say my posts “thrive”…

      But I do all the linking for two reasons:

      — one is practical—my blog is quite reportorial so the links out are attributions and the internal links are references…

      — the other is that I know most of my traffic, by far, is from search engines—sure, proper tagging helps; but, so does linking…

      Still and all, some blogs have a slower take-off speed than others—does seem the most serious ones have to work harder to overcome their ponder-ousness :-)

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      • philipparees July 28, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        Oh dear! Ponderousness? I hoped not but relatively speaking maybe…??

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        • Alexander M Zoltai July 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

          Oh, my…

          I thought one dash would be enough…

          Let me try again:

          Ponder—ousness

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          • philipparees July 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

            What an elegant and kind correction! Feeling much better now!

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            • Alexander M Zoltai July 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

              :-)

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