Although much thought should be given to what and how much we consume online (input), I think it’s worth taking a few moments to think through how to maximize your online output.
If we’re going to take the time to communicate online (and I DO think it’s worth the time), we need to think through how to do so effectively.
Below is a compilation of recent posts from across the web on how to communicate better via Blogs, Twitter and Email.
Here’s to maximizing our use of online communication for the sake of the gospel!
How to become a better Blogger:
- How to write an effective blog post from Michael Hyatt
State your premise in your lead paragraph
Make the posts short. (less than 500 words)
Use short paragraphs. I try to stick to 3–4 sentences. If it’s more than this, the content looks too dense. Readers will give up and move on. (Notice how newspapers usually follow this rule.)
- 50 ways to take your blog to the next level – Chris Brogan
Get your own unique URL
How to find legal, quality graphics
Get on a regular writing/posting schedule.
Work on your titles. A great title drives visits, but also informs us as to what we’re going to learn.
- How to increase Comments/Discussion on your blog – Michael Hyatt
End your posts with a question
Make it easy to comment [which is why I stopped using Captcha as a spam blocker. . . which leads to the next helpful post that walks you through . . . ]
- 2 plugins you NEED to activate on your WordPress blog – TentBlogger
How to become a better Tweeter
- Three Assumptions I have about Twitter – Russ Martin
I try to share ideas, articles and thought provoking content.
I must make every effort to have all my tweets add value to my followers’ lives.
I will try to minimize trivial things like, “I’m at the airport”, “I’m at McDonalds”, “I love pasta”
- 8 mistakes on Twitter – Michael Hyatt
Shoot for a 20-1 ratio. I want to post 20 or so helpful resources or bits of information for every post in which I ask for help solving a problem, supporting a cause, or touting one of my company’s products, etc.
How to communicate better through Email
- The negativity bias of email – The 99% Blog
Technology creates a vacuum that we humans fill with negative emotions by default.
In other words, if an email’s content is neutral, we assume the tone is negative.
In an effort to be productive and succinct, our communication may be perceived as clipped, sarcastic, or rude.
One (surprising) solution: Use emoticons more often 🙂
- Email Etiquette for the Super Busy – how to get your emails read (and responded to) – The 99% Blog
Communicate “action steps” first, not last.
A good rule of thumb is to strive to keep emails to one line or less.
Never “reply all” (unless you absolutely must).
What other tips/links do you have on how we can communicate better online?
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