What Topics Do You Want To See Covered in The Blog?

By Daniel Scocco

We know that a blog is only as good as it meets the needs and interests of its readers, and that is why we wanted to hear from you.

What topics do you want to see covered in future posts? Do you have one specific pet peeve you want to see analyzed by Maeve? What about post formats: do you want more interactive stuff like polls and tests? Perhaps another writing competition?

Let us know with a comment on this post, and we’ll certainly try to accommodate it. If you are an email or RSS subscriber you’ll need to visit the website to leave your comment (you can do this by clicking on the title of the this post).

Thanks!

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81 Responses to “What Topics Do You Want To See Covered in The Blog?”

  • Brianna

    Could you cover who/whom? I always get confused on which one to use.
    Also, could you cover how to become better at organizing a fiction plot for a novel? I have trouble organzing my plot and it gets messy and eventually doesn’t even make sense. Also how to start a novel. I can get the middle and end, but I always have a problem with an attention grabbing beginning page.

  • Amit Dey

    What do we use to call a BABY, who is not yet born?
    He or She, His or her? OR It / Its?

  • Hari Krishnan

    All the posts are very interesting and informative. I love them. And find that my ideas and understanding of the words discussed turn out to be correct. That way, my conviction gets strengthened all the more. Sometimes I feel like writing on a few wrong usages and contribute to the postings. For instance, the very popular usage of the phrase ‘according to me’ especially in the North India. I hope you allow such contributions from readers, review and publish if found appropriate. Now, if you do, how do I participate? Guide me please. (Btw, a small information about me. I was the Asst. Publishing Editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Tamil version–a translation–, published about 3 years back.)

  • Peter

    Tricia: your wish has been answered — http://www.dailywritingtips.com/mixing-up-lay-and-lie/ ; http://www.dailywritingtips.com/laylie-moribund-but-not-dead-yet/

  • lulu

    first i wanna thank you daily writing tips for such a wonderful facts and lessons shared with me.
    ya, im sure , readers will agree to have polls and questions in your post.

    thanks,

  • Ken

    “Such a set of tittle tattle, prittle prattle visitants! Oh Dear! I am so sick of the ceremony and fuss of these fall lall people! So much dressing—chitchat—complimentary nonsense—In short, a country town is my detestation. All the conversation is scandal, all the attention, dress, and almost all the heart, folly, envy, and censoriousness.” — Frances Burney

    What on earth is “prittle”? Is this a coinage of Burney?

  • Tricia

    To those who mentioned lie and lay: The misuse of lay when it should be lie (and in the present tense, even!) produces a fingernail-on-the-blackboard sensation in my brain. I wish Maeve could do away with it in a post! But alas, I wonder how many who read it would actually use it correctly thereafter?

    Sorry, I know that probably sounds awful, but this seems like the appropriate place to vent. There. It’s out now.

  • rod

    It would be great If you could post something about acronyms abbreviations and short words like vet or lab

  • Jo

    I enjoy the daily posts. Do you have an archive so I could catch up on topics already covered?

    2 suggestions

    1. the difference and usage or ‘passed’ and ‘past’.
    2. correct use of the apostrophe before and after the letter ‘s’. I think there are more than just the 2 common uses, to indicate possession etc.

  • Daniel

    I just love the etymology on words, especially finding out how seemingly unrelated words are connected. Today’s post “The Curious History of “Bead”” for example. Fascinating stuff.

  • Gary Scott

    Your blog is an incredible site! You are performing a service that is sadly too often abrogated by our educational insitutions (see my personal blog entry for additional commentary, scottmind@blogspot.com).

    I could think of dozens of possible topics for the blog, but here are just a couple: 1. use of the subjunctive in English (surely we can get people to stop saying “if I was….”); and 2. why are schools failing to teach grammar, and what can we do about it–and perhaps a kudos to any schools you are aware of that DO teach grammar.

    Many thanks!

  • Peter

    @Mari: “Gigabyte” = prefix as in “gigantic”, so why does everyone say “gig”? (Sheep complex??)

    It’s supposed to be pronounced with a hard “g”.

    (The more sensible question is why “gigantic” is pronounced the way it is. It comes, via Latin, from Greek — neither of which ever has a “j” sound…)

  • Chris

    Enjoy as is but more interactive please.

  • Adrian

    Hugh Houchin on August 16, 2010 10:29 am
    Enjoy your blog each day. I’d like information on increasing one’s speed in writing articles. It takes me too long, on a per-article basis. I write on three websites, and read about writers producing 10 to 15, or more, 500 word articles a day, including research. I can’t come close to that. Both research and writing take me too long, but have been unable get much faster. Thanks, Hugh

    I use DragonDictate 9 and can usually apply words to the page (as in this case) at approximately the same speed as one can read it. I average about one phonetic error in every hundred words.

  • Adrian

    This is a splendid website, keep it up!

  • techsurge

    I would like to see a series on analyzing and comprehending RC( Reading Comprehension) and reports. specifically how to read between lines in an RC. Be it CRitical Reasoning, summarizing, finding the author’s tone. But something new and interesting….

  • SUMANA MUKHERJEE

    There are many writers who wish to earn from their blogs .it would help them if some hints about starting first as a writer of blogs could be outlined .

  • Penny Milner-Smyth

    Thanks for the opportunity to submit topics. I would really like a comment on this phrase that I hear people using in a number of situations: “Thank you for coming through…”. I have heard radio interviewers use it when interviewing people on the phone (are they coming through the telephone line?) and when people attend a job interview in person, as examples. I am from South Africa, perhaps this is just a local bad habit but if it is something that might be of interest to your wider audience I would love your comment on the suitability of saying to a person “Thank you for coming through!”.

  • Caroline

    I love this blog. It delivers easy-to-digest chunks of information right to my email, and all on topics I’d never think to look up on my own.

    I know there are other sites online that are equally as informative. I was wondering if you could share some links to some of your favourites (or ones you feel are useful) and the sort of information we may find there. (Perhaps there are some that deal with issues not covered by dailywritingtips.)

    Another question: I write creative fiction and I always have trouble *feeling* my characters. This is especially difficult through first person perspective, as I think I over-compensate for my characters’ behaviours. However, I’ve also had trouble really getting a feel for my characters while writing in third pov. I’ve read tips on character creation and how it’s good to have a list of their backstory to get a better idea of who they are (mother, father, favourite colour, phobias, scars, pets, etc. etc.), and even though I’ve followed those hints, these tips don’t really addresses my issues. I have friends who tell me they like my characters’ personalities, but I feel like I’m too close to them to really know them.
    This may, of course, be a personal issue that can’t be solved with tips on writing characters, but it’s worth a shot. Any advice on how to write characters that are tangible to readers and myself?

    Thank you again for all the lovely tips. They are much appreciated.

  • Don

    Some pet peeves:

    “As of yet” (as opposed to “as yet” or “as of now”).
    “As of late” (as opposed to “of late”).

  • Vincent

    I would like to know more about the ‘s’ as to where their correct placement lies? E.g.

    “He wants to go home”

    This is just a short sentence although I know the word has to contain an ‘s’ but there are some sentences where you get confused.

    I would be glad if that’s considered.

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