Writing for the Web

Writing online can be challenging. Sometimes it’s really easy because you’ve just done something exciting and you can’t wait to share it. Other times it can be more difficult because you’re tired, it’s rainy, or you’re just plain busy. I try to write on a daily basis, if only for a few minutes, because I almost always find something interesting in my day and because I think that sharing with others is the biggest way to make a difference and the best part of the web.

This morning I was reading A List Apart and I came across an article called “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web”. It’s a few years old but it’s still very relevant. It’s only a 3-minute read and if you’re a regular online writer, or would like to be, I highly recommend taking the time to read it.

A List Apart: Articles: 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web

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Blog featured in BC Toastmasters Newsletter

I’ve only been blogging for about four months, so imagine my surprise when I got a phone call from BC Toastmasters asking if they could put two of my blog posts in their monthly newsletter. It was about a month ago when I received that call and yesterday when I visited their site I found the newsletter online.

BC Toastmasters Website

The Link Newsletter – featuring my blog entries
Toastmasters February Newsletter

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Toastmasters has been really great for me so far. As a small business owner, working from home until this week, it gave me an opportunity to interact with other professionals and hear about what’s going on in the city and what they are thinking about. Now that I’ve got an office downtown it’s going to be that much easier to attend every meeting. I’m actually preparing to deliver my 3rd speech today and it will probably be about the benefits of blogging.

Toastmasters Ice Breaker Speech

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently joined Toastmasters in Vancouver. On Wednesday, my fourth Toastmasters meeting, I prepared and delivered a 4-6 minute “Ice Breaker Speech”.

Usually this would have been a fairly terrifying experience, but after having spent four Wednesdays with Toastmasters I felt pretty comfortable delivering the speech.

I realized at the end of my speech that I’d missed a part in my intro that really would’ve allowed me to nail the conclusion of my speech – but the beauty of Toastmasters is that I can speak again next week and make improvements.

I had a number of “ums” and “ahhhs”, could’ve used pauses more effectively, and should have spoken a little louder. I’m looking forward to next week so I can work on improving in these areas.

I’m having a lot of fun with Vancore Toastmasters and am really impressed with the quality people who are involved.