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24 May 2019

LWH "Insider" Tips; ANA Member Blog, Part Two

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This is part two of a two-part blog



4). Format. Use it.

When composing a blog that is not a review, or is not a basic, brief statement, employing a certain format is a good idea(though format can be used for anything). Even if it is not a complete, full-on outline, having a basic plan and format is beneficial to having organized writing. The most basic level of format realistically is by paragraph. Here are some example paragraph formats you can use(or you can use your own; whichever manner you wish is fine):

The "Five-Paragraph Format"/ "Common Format"

Introduction paragraph(if you have a thesis, use it here. If not, you should at least give a basic overview of the topic of the blog)

Topic paragraph 1

Topic paragraph 2

Topic paragraph 3

Conclusion paragraph(reflect on thesis if you have one, otherwise, make your final remarks on the topics and reach your conclusion/opinion/most important fact)

This is a nice, clean format. Basically, you break your blog subject into three topics, spend a paragraph on each, while having an introduction, to bring forth the topics of your blog, and a conclusion, making your final remarks and giving out your conclusory opinion(if the blog has one, not all necessarily do). One last note, this format can be modified to have less or more topics, though I would recommend having at least two topics, and no more than five/six(unless it is a multi-blog series).

The "Basic Block" Format

Introductory Sentence(s) (the introductory part should only take one-three sentences. Also, this can be separated from the main body of the blog, or left attached)

Topic discussion

Conclusion Sentence(s) (again, should take about one-three sentences. If you have separated the introductory section, than do so to the conclusion. If you have left the introductory sentences attached, do the same with the conclusion)

This format is best for when your subject is narrow and short enough where it really only needs one topic paragraph to cover. The introductory and conclusion sentences you may attach and separate as you wish, but generally, if they don't require several sentences, leave them attached, but if they stretch a bit longer, then separate them from the main paragraph.

The "Bullet ‘n’ Block" Format

This method is less common, and not often needed(please note, do to complexities, an italicized example is not provided like with the previous examples), but it does serve an occasional service. Basically, when you are covering a large amount of brief topics in a subject, using a bulleted list, after each bullet of which is followed by a block paragraph explaining that specific bullet, is a good idea(please note, it is not always necessary to use bullet points themselves in this format, the idea is to format the blog though as if there were). What is an example of a time like this? Well, for instance, if you are reviewing the different denominations of modern day Spain, you could use a block for each denomination. Though not common, this format does have it’s uses(I myself have employed it; check out my blogs, "Potential Future Commemoratives, Part One and Two").

Remember, these are just examples of formats, you can use different ones or your own. Format is always a great thing to employ when writing blogs.

5). If it seems too long, break it up.

If you feel that your blog is becoming too long, don’t hit the delete button. Simply, break it up into parts, and publish each part as a seperate blog. Just remember, don’t publish the seperate blogs on the same day! Don’t delete, simply separate.

6). What to write?

There are times where you may be unsure of what to write. You just can’t think of any ideas(though if you can think of plenty, a good idea is to write them down, either on paper or on a computer/electronic, so you don’t forget those ideas, and have them ready for when you needthem). If that happens, here are some ideas to get you back on track(or, in a modern twist of the term, back on internet!). Write about a coin(s) you really enjoy, going in depth. Explaining the design, it’s meaning and purpose, who the designer was, what the public thought of the coin, what it’s value is, and why you like it. Doing some research to obtain additional information is a great idea to add depth and detail. Write about current events in the world of numismatics, and, if you wish, provide your opinion on it. Write about numismatic experiences you have had. Write about interesting stories and historical events in numismatics. Most importantly, write about whatever numismatic topic you desire.

This concludes the "LWH ‘Insider’ Tips" on the ANA member blog. Liked it? Keep an eye out for more, as I plan to hit various topics. Didn’t like it? (gulp!) Then please have mercy on me in the comments, and that’s a great tip!


Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Very good, professional tips. I like it. Something to hope and strive a bit for anyway.. Thanks.

Glad you enjoyed it

Mike

Level 7

Good blog and advice. However were not writers. We try to get the research and just the information as you can so I had the important info I can use. I also believe pictures enhance blogs. For instance if I put up a token of an animal or building or a person there is a reason there on there. They all tell stories everyone. I had something to do so I missed out on my Memorial Day blog . That's important to me. Especially my coins from the civil war up to Vietnam. It's important that collectors see these coins. Keep up the good work. I enjoyed it .

The tips are merely suggestions/advice, no one needs to follow them

Mokie

Level 6

Pat makes an excellent point, we are just hobbyists trying to impart some information about our hobby and we probably should be held to a more reasonable standard in our writing efforts. Legible, spelling correct, reasonable punctuation is an achievable standard.

Mokie

Level 6

LOL, most of us use a variation of this format type called the continuous run-on sentence method. Seriously, nice job and definitely the most professional way to present our thoughts.

Thank you

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