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Blog Writing Resources I Can’t Live Without

Occasionally I get comments from readers who tell me they find it difficult understanding what I’m talking about. (Stand in line folks because my wife has the same complaint).

Although I try my best to create links to definitions of buzzwords or blog terms that you might not be familiar with, I sometimes might forget or make assumptions about your knowledge level that I shouldn’t. So if you find yourself in that category please forgive me but I think I may have found a solution.

Even Blog Bloke has to constantly learn to keep up with the fast pace of technology, so what I do is keep handy a few indispensable bookmarks. 

Some bloggers might prefer not to disclose their sources to keep you coming back, but I subscribe to the notion that if I give you a fish I only feed you for a day. Whereas if I can teach you how to fish, I empower you for life.

This is my cheat sheet so let’s go fishing shall we:

1. The first and perhaps most important blog resource I use that you have probably heard of is Wikipedia. It is invaluable for looking up computerese definitions and technical information that you might not be familiar with.

2. The next blog resource that I use a lot is good ole Google. Simply key in the following search term:

define: word

Where “word” can be anything that you want to look up.

3. More free blog resources that I use are:

Dictionary.com         WordWeb Online                    Answers.com 

Thesaurus.com         Free Dictionary.com               Webopedia                

Acronym Finder         Merriam-Webster Online         Word Spy

wordIQ                    World Wide Words                  ZapTXT

Take a tip from Blog Bloke and bookmark this list. The next time you are reading or writing a post and don’t understand something – go fishing for information at one of these great resources for bloggers.

Whatever you do, don’t be intimidated by something you’re unfamiliar with. We all start out as newbies, and the more that you read the more this stuff will sink in by osmosis.

Have I missed anything? Maybe you know a blog resource that I forgot to mention here. Let’s share our knowledge so we can all be better bloggers.

*This post was updated since it’s original posting 03-07

Written October 18th, 2008 by | 8 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Writing Blog Content ,

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  1. ZapTXT mon ami? I’ll leave it at that lest this sound like a pitch ;)

    Hope you’re well my friend, Sameer

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  2. Yeah I know Sameer, I haven’t forgot about you. Between the move to New Blogger, my health, tweaking the new template… but I will call — promise.

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  3. I use most of the resources you listed. Another good source of information on almost any topic, especially for beginners, is howstuffworks.com. This site started out as a hobby by a fellow North Carolinian and turned him into a millionaire. For that I hate him, but it’s still a good site! :D

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  4. Well this goes right in the reference folder, good work BB!

    I’ll have to dig deep in the archives, I’m sure I can come up with a few ;)

    Dennis Edells last blog post…Comment Issue Temporarily Fixed - That’s Where The Good News Ends

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  5. This is one I like: http://www.urbandictionary.com

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 10:15 pm said...

    I forgot about that one. Thanks for the memory jog Kuanyin.

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  6. @ Dennis … thanks bro.

    @ Lee … maybe he’ll front you a high-risk loan ;-)

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