5 Mistakes People Make When Writing On the Internet

Without the internet I would have never become a writer.

That’s because growing up I never thought I was a good writer.

I got C’s for grades and I found writing essays to be painstaking and tedious.

I did my best to avoid reading the books teachers would assign (thank you Cliffs notes!) and while I was excellent at math, I was terrible at reading and writing.

Then along came the internet.

Blogging, social media (especially Facebook) and AOL instant messenger away messages became my canvas, and I started writing all the time.

I actually remember one time in college when I spent an hour writing an elaborate poem for my AOL instant messenger away message.

I was up late studying and I made my own version of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” speech from Hamlet.

To sleep, or not to sleep, that is the question. 

Then I wrote something about whether it was nobler to go to class unprepared and get a good night’s sleep or to stay up late and risk being tired.

It was kind of brilliant, and I ended up even submitting it as a piece for a creative writing class.

Anyway, the point here is the internet has been a total blessing for me as a writer, but it has one major drawback versus traditional publishing.

There’s no one to edit your work.

There’s no one to tell you that you’re childish rant about toilet paper isn’t interesting or that you spend too much time talking about your ex-girlfriend.

And yet, that’s also a blessing. Some of my favorite writing on the internet would never make it to a major publication like the New York Times because it’s wild, unhinged and doesn’t follow any of the rules of traditional article writing.

Lately I’ve been enjoying a blog called KatyKatiKate.

Her writing style could be best described as emotional ranting after a few too many glasses of wine.

But I love it! And I love it precisely because it breaks all the rules.

So what I’m about to do is be your internet writing teacher, which is totally presumptuous of me.

However, if you’d indulge me for a few minutes I’d like to share some things that I believe could make your writing on the internet better.

And yes, i’m distinguishing between writing on the internet and writing in books, because it’s very different.

Anyway, here are my top 5 tips.


Annoying, right? Here’s the original, feel the difference.

Without the internet I would have never become a writer.

That’s because growing up I thought I was a terrible writer. I got C’s for grades and I found writing essays to be painstaking and tedious. I did my best to avoid reading the books teachers would assign (thank you Cliffs notes!).

Then along came the internet. Blogging, social media (especially Facebook) and AOL instant messenger away messages became my canvas, and I started writing all the time.

I actually remember one time in college when I spent an hour writing an elaborate poem for my AOL instant messenger away message. I was up late studying and I made my own version of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” speech from Hamlet.

To sleep, or not to sleep, that is the question. Then I wrote something about whether it was nobler to go to class unprepared and get a good night’s sleep or to stay up late and risk being tired. It was kind of brilliant, and I ended up even submitting it as a piece for a creative writing class.

Anyway, the point here is the internet has been a total blessing for me as a writer, but it has one major drawback versus traditional publishing.

There’s no one to edit your work.

There’s no one to tell you that you’re childish rant about toilet paper isn’t interesting or that you spend too much time talking about your ex-girlfriend.

And yet, that’s also a blessing. Some of my favorite writing on the internet would never make it to a major publication like the New York Times because it’s wild, unhinged and doesn’t follow any of the rules of traditional article writing.

Lately I’ve been enjoying a blog called KatyKatiKate. Her writing style could be best described as emotional ranting after a few too many glasses of wine. But I love it! And I love it precisely because it breaks all the rules.

So what I’m about to do is be your internet writing teacher, which is totally presumptuous of me. However, if you’d indulge me for a few minutes I’d like to share some things that I believe could make your writing on the internet better. And yes, i’m distinguishing between writing on the internet and writing in books, because it’s very different.

Anyway, here are my top 5 tips.


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