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    • Beautifully written post! Thanks for the motivation. I am a very lazy writer and while I have these long conversations inside my head, when it comes to putting it down to (digital) paper I really drag my feet. I am going to make an effort to do better and take a few cues from your post.

      Thanks for sharing these useful tips. I enjoy reading your posts because they are so well structured and easy to consume. Keep up the great work buddy! 🙂

    • One of the letters that I felt was missing in your 5Ws and 1H is an “F”.

      F as in formatting, which you do a brilliant job of in your above post.  

      I have found that Cake’s italics is visually off-putting, and a disruption to ease of reading, if it’s used for more than one sentence in a paragraph.

      Sign-post each section with a heading formatted in bold

      Long-form posts, which I’d define as anything more than seven paragraphs*, usually benefit from breaking content into sections that are set off with a heading.  It also helps to use bold or italics to emphasize a key point to your reader.  

      Using quotes in your posts, and properly crediting the source with a hyperlink or embedded link, can add credibility and interest to your argument.  

      Setting off long quotes is helpful, but I think they shouldn’t be longer than a couple paragraphs: the greyed out text can become visually taxing, like italics, if overused.  You can also center a profound bit of wisdom, such as this one from 365 Photos Later:

      Practice makes perfect.

      Use visuals throughout your post to separate sections.  Embedded links, which is a link that has been expanded into a clickable image like this

      can provide a momentary break from deep reading, which may be needed for readers after they’ve consumed multiple scrolls of content.

      *I have no idea where the line is drawn for long-form content, in case you’re wondering how I came up with “seven paragraphs.”

    • Setting off long quotes is helpful, but I think they shouldn’t be longer than a couple paragraphs: the greyed out text can become visually taxing, like italics, if overused.  You can also center a profound bit of wisdom, such as this one from 365 Photos Later:

      Practice makes perfect.

      Small recommendation: it looks like you're using a preformatted text block for your "Practice makes perfect" paragraph, but a block quote (like what I've used above to quote your text) would be more appropriate. 🙂

      Block quotes (the button with the quote icon in Cake's formatting toolbar) are great for the purpose you describe, but preformatted text blocks are meant for things like sharing blocks of software code or old-school ASCII art or other things that require a fixed-width font and no automatic wrapping.

    • It looks like you're using a preformatted text block for your "Practice makes perfect" paragraph, but a block quote (like what I've used above to quote your text) would be more appropriate.

       I disagree

      Actually, I had no idea what some of these formatting options were officially used for. I find the pre-formatted text option to be a good way to provide a momentary pause after multiple scrolls’ worth of text, especially if I have several more scrolls of thought for my kind reader to slog through.

      Ideally, we would be able to break up sections by inserting photos in between text, instead of only at the end. ADVrider does a nice job of providing these photo pauses with their ride reports, like this incredible piece from Evergreen.

    • So if you want to start writing, just do it. If you want to make writing a hobby, just do it. It's a great skill to have, and one that I think will become more and more valuable the more technology becomes entwined in our lives.

      As always. a wonderfully crafted conversation. I especially liked your idea of jotting down notes on your phone. I usually do similar on my iPhone and let it simmer for at least a day or two, or longer. Often, a second conversation idea will appear during the simmering process and it becomes a deliberation as to which idea is more relevant or timely.