March 15, 2009

How to Blog Like Frank Rich

If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, do what New York Times columnist Frank Rich does in his columns posted on the New York Times website. Check out this latest example, regarding the shrinking influence of the "culture warriors" in the face of economic crisis. First, Rich packs a novel's worth of information into one column. His writing is about as tight as it gets. Second, Rich generously links his sources, his facts, and his quotes. I counted thirty links in this column alone. Unfortunately, too few bloggers do that, even so-called "journalists" who should know better. Simply arguing and name-calling, without providing the evidence, may provoke people who don't already agree with you, but it won't convince them.

You may or may not agree with Frank Rich's rather strong point of view, but it's hard to argue with the skill and thoroughness with which he presents it. That's a good model for any blogger to follow.

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At 7:19 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

A piece of trivia: My piano teacher is Frank Rich's stepmother. She has nothing but great things to say about him! She is a big fan of the NYT. But more importantly, she is a great piano teacher.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Cyndy said...

So I guess doing links in a blog is the equivalent of putting footnotes in a term paper. I never looked at it that way before, but I guess that's how it works, right?

At 9:45 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Cyndy -- it's exactly the same. Imagine turning in a term paper (or a scientific report, legal brief, etc.) with no citations for your facts, figures, or contentions, and expecting the reader to be convinced by or even believe what you wrote.


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