A few months ago I had people mention markdown but had no idea what on earth it was. I knew it had something to do with writing, but thought it was probably just a different way of talking about HTML syntax as people talked about writing for the web in markdown. Boy was I wrong.
Since then, I’ve learned a bit about markdown and I’m sure that it is a topic that would be of great use for the ChurchMag community, particularly those who write on multiple devices, on different platforms, or write for the Internet a lot.
So let’s take a look at Markdown 101.
A Facebook friend of mine shared Twas the Night Before Christmas as corrected by an English teacher.
It’s funny to see such an iconic classic critiqued this way. It got me thinking about my own creative writing and the writing of all those that never hit ‘Publish’ because they feel inhibited by the Internet’s Grammar Police.
Look, it doesn’t take anything special to be part of the Bad Grammar Brigade, but to have the courage to create and compose something of your own, that is something special.
Even something as classic as the Twas the Night Before Christmas has plenty of room for critique:
One of my favorite artists is Andrew Peterson.
He is not only one of my favorite music artists—my wife and I have all of his albums, including Appendix C—he has also become on of our family’s favorite authors. Andrew Peterson is an amazing singer, songwriter, musician, author and he even draws!
Andrew recently had one of those over-the-top successful Kickstarter campaigns he launched for the fourth and final book in his incredible Wingfeather Saga book series. I had the honor of interviewing him a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to share with you his heart, passion and creative insight.
Here’s my interview with Andrew…
I am broken. Defeated. Completely worn down.
What happened? Everything. Yes, me and mine are healthy. I am still blessed beyond measure, and I am grateful to be here today. Well, mostly. I’ve lost something, and there is a huge void without it.
My HTC EVO 4G LTE is sick. Seriously ill.
Hold on a second. This isn’t you’re usual tech-addicted nerd whining about broken electronics. Not all of it, at least. This is a tech-addicted nerd whining about broken electronics AND broken productivity, thank you very much.
That device is my hub, and nothing underlines that more than my patched together process this week.
I love writing. I’ve loved it since my eight-grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Ochs, introduced my class to a unit on poetry. (Incidentally, I’m now teaching at my old junior high, and Mrs. Ochs is still here. It’s really very cool.) I’ve been writing continuously, some years more than others, ever since. I’ve been trying to write two or three books in that time, but I just can’t seem to get it all to click.
I’m not discouraged. I just keep trying different methods. For a while, I was trying to “blog my book.” In that model, I was trying to work out my book in each blog post. That got tedious after a while.
So now, I’m going to try something different which a mature person might call “pastoral blogging,” or slightly more tongue-in-cheek, “e-pisteling.”
Before I unveil what it is, let me just confess something right off the bat:
I am currently going through Seth Godin’s book Tribes and the man is a genius. If you have not heard about his theories on tribes, you need to go buy the book now. It’s a quick read and will completely reorient your thinking about blogging and social media.
I had already heard much about this concept on tribes before ever opening the book so as I am going through the book, none of the content is very revolutionary. In fact, many of the concepts have been fully hashed out in other people’s books whereas Seth is giving us a wide lens look at everything he has to say on the topic of tribes.
Should Seth feel ripped off? How does this look for bloggers that write on similar blog topics?
What if great authors had Instagram?
A great question and a fun bit that Harper Collins press put together.
This is a good example of marketing done right…or maybe just marketing done fun?
Tell me what you think:
Have you ever found “abused” quotations marks?
Do you want to know how you can write about technical subjects that you haven’t studied? For example, you want to know how you can write a user manual about a software system when you haven’t studied programming or the job the software will be used to perform. How can you write an effective proposal to bid on a project when you aren’t experts in how the different tasks involved should be done?
These are valid questions, but the good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in a specific field to write about it. This article focuses on skills needed to be an effective technical writer. A technical writer must have research skills, question – asking skills, and analytic skills. Without these skills, technical writer’s efforts to gather information can be unfocused and erratic.
This is so creative!
Carrie J Keplinger has put together this incredible overview of punctuation social personalities.
Which one are you?