The Dim-Post

January 28, 2010

Secrets of the trade

Filed under: blogging — danylmc @ 11:10 am

How to write a blog post:

This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the readers’ attention, but really only has very little to do with the topic of the blog post. This sentence claims to follow logically from the first sentence, though the connection is actually rather tenuous. This sentence claims that very few people are willing to admit the obvious inference of the last two sentences, with an implication that the reader is not one of those very few people. This sentence expresses the unwillingness of the writer to be silenced despite going against the popular wisdom. This sentence is a sort of drum roll, preparing the reader for the shocking truth to be contained in the next sentence.

This sentence contains the thesis of the blog post, a trite and obvious statement cast as a dazzling and controversial insight.

Hat tip Andrew Sullivan


  1. So true …

    Comment by Matt Nolan — January 28, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

  2. This comment angrily denounces the post’s basic thesis, and calls the author names. It then asserts that the author is part of a ill-defined group, whose very views are to extirpated from all discussions. Except it mispells extirpated, capitalises various words, and includes lots of exclamation points.

    It then finishes with an insult directed at a former politician, seeking to anger other commentators and provoke an intemperate response.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — January 28, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  3. This comment arches an imaginary eyebrow at the obviously uneducated previous poster. For good measure this sentence pedantically points out a few spelling and grammar irregularities thus proving this posters higher education in important liberal art subjects. A final bit of self important puffery ends with a sneering put down that is imagined as too subtle for the target to interpret.

    Comment by Minty — January 28, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  4. This comment is a smart-arse aside that adds nothing to the debate.

    Comment by gazzaj — January 28, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

  5. This comment is from Danyl and makes an ironic statement on what went before, then references something that everyone has to google to understand.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — January 28, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

  6. This comment calls everyone who doesn’t agree with me a Nazi, thereby closing the thread.

    Comment by bearhunter — January 28, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  7. This comment appears two years later, professes to really enjoy reading the site, and invites the readers to visit a website selling discount penis enlargement equipment.

    Comment by gazzaj — January 28, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  8. This comment pisses in the blogger’s pocket, since he gets more visitors than me, and then shamelessly link-whores to my own blog where I have posted a similar but infinately more boring piece, and where no-one except my mother has commented for over a year.

    Comment by Pat — January 28, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  9. Boobies. Hur hur hur.

    Comment by Minty — January 28, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  10. This sentence runs for a few words then peters out towards the
    Free penis enlargment?
    oh, discount.

    Comment by ConorJoe — January 29, 2010 @ 7:40 am

  11. This comment is a smart-arse aside, calling everyone a Nazi, and pointing out a few spelling and grammar irregularities, because my opinion is far too important for me to waste time reading through all the previous comments.

    Comment by sammy — January 29, 2010 @ 8:57 am

  12. This comment tries to post a somewhat relevant YouTube video, probably without realising that the ‘blog comments don’t allow html script and will just look like gobbledygook. The apostrophe used in the word ‘blog indicates the commenter is a pedant with far too much time on his hands.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — January 29, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  13. This comment praises a previous comment and agrees that the last government (often spelt gummint) had x number of years to sort the issue out.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 29, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  14. This comment disagrees with all other comments and the blog post (some, many or all of which may agree with this commenter) and states that bringing back military conscription would sort the current generation out.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — January 29, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  15. This comment is from ‘Spud’

    🙂 🙂

    Comment by Phil — January 29, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  16. […] 2010 January 31 tags: blogging by ludditejourno I love this.  In a kind of, peering back over my shoulder at the blog postings kinda way This sentence […]

    Pingback by Blogging 101 « LudditeJourno — February 1, 2010 @ 10:34 am

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