Find a partner.
Tell your partner what you want to write about. If you don’t know, write down 2-3 topics that interest you.
— I’m writing about the controversy surrounding the Harry Potter theme park and the it’s most coveted ride - The Forbidden Journey. People should boycott the ride until it’s right for everyone to ride…. oooor… Universal Studios need to work faster to make seats that work for everyone. Something along those lines. I think the controversy is really interesting because Harry Potter fans come in more than size small.
Tell your partner how you want to write what you want to write—do you want to be informative, snarky, funny, serious?
— I want to be able to be informative, but I’m a pretty snarky individual so I’m going to slip in a few quips here and there. Readers should be able to feel enlightened by what I write about.
Look at blogs. You don’t have to agree with each other, but find a variety of blogs that you think are worthy or not worthy of imitation based on how you want to sound.
Find 5 blogs whose style you would like to imitate.
http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/ — my favorite.
Explain what you like about each one.
BoingBoing.net - This blog is a little self-deprecating, but it’s definitely not at the top of my list of the kinds of blogs I want to imitate. The information is a little political centric, but I like how not serious they are, but still try to make it a little informational.
Banks Lee and the Three Clicks - Banks Lee inspired my topic so it HAS to be included, right? His writing isn’t really anything to faint over, but it’s inspirational and has gathered national attention since he started.
ONTD - FAVORITE BLOG EVER. It’s not really a blog… it’s more like a conglomeration of celebrity news with commentary. It’s flippin’ hilarious.
Stuff White People Like - Come on. Who doesn’t love how they write. This is probably how I most want to imitate my style.
Newsfeed.time.com - This is a little gem. You wouldn’t think that this exists on Time.com, but this one isn’t as… snarky as SWPL, but this another one that I think I want to imitate my style from.
Find 5 blogs whose style you do not want to imitate.
Explain what you do not like about each one.
Huffington Post - Ugh. I’ve found great things on here before, but it’s really kind of on two ends of the spectrum. Some posts seem pretty serious and others not so much? Pick a side dammit.
PerezHilton - I love me some Perez Hilton, but honestly, I only look at this blog when I’m bored. It’s really just a conglomeration of other news stories and most of the time he talks about himself and he thinks that the world revolves around him. Merrrh.
I can has cheezburgers - This was funny the first time and now it makes you look stoopid.
DrudgeReport - Yeah, no.
TMZ.com - They are usually the first people to report on celebrity news, but they’re kind of bitchy and obnoxious, which is what I don’t want to be.