Why do people write blogs?
Ann – like many of my school friends, I used to spend hours every day writing a diary. But while they kept them hidden under their beds, I needed an audience, interaction and feedback ( information or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that can tell you if it is successful or liked) . So, I invented a few personalities, the details of which were far more interesting than mine and I posted (to leave an electronic message on a website) it all.
Dave – a year ago I was a professional minding my own business (to take care of someone or something). I created my own visual for my blog and before I knew it –doing weird stuff like trackbacks (sth to make certain that you know what is happening or has happened to someone or something). I had no idea what a trackback was, but I went from 40 hits (a request to use a web page on the internet that is then counted to calculate the number of people looking at the page) a day to close to a hundred overnight.
Carol – I’m a lecturer and it’s refreshing (pleasantly different and interesting) to be able to step outside my academic interests and into a different world. One of the first lessons I learn is that the blogosphere ( all the blogs on the internet, and the people who write or read them) is a genuine community. After asking a question in a blog comment about what qualities are needed in a good blog, I soon got spot-on (exactly right) advice from a blogger I didn’t even know. Then I had an invitation to a local face-to-face blogger meet-up ( a meeting with sb), which was an amazing experience.
Debbie – I started my blog for a very practical reason. It was clear to me that blogs were going to become a useful tool in my future job as a journalist and I figured (to expect or think that something will happen) blogging as the quickest way get up to speed.
Answer the questions:
- Who started the blog as a way of improving career prospects?- debbie
- Who used personal diaries to turn them into a blog? -Ann
- Who met another blogger? -Carol
- For whom it was a discovery that a blogosphere is a real community? – Carol
ENGLISH IN USE
Remember that in order to sound polite, you should use more indirect questions. When you build an indirect question, use a structure of a sentence.
- Do you know ___________________________________?
(Where is she?)
2. I wonder _____________________________________.
(Where did he work in 1997?)
3. Could you tell me _______________________________?
(Has she been to Great Britain?)
4. I’d like to know ________________________________.
(Can you help me?)
5. Do you know ___________________________________?
(Where is the concert?)
6. I’d like to know _________________________________.
(How much does it cost?)
7. Can you tell us __________________________________?
(Where does he live?)
8. Do you think you could tell me _______________________?
(What is the best time to call her?)
BE AT ODDS WITH STH = be in conflict
ON A NEED TO KNOW BASIS = so that sb is told only what they need to know and only when they need to know it
PHRASAL VERBS CLOSE-UP
MULL STH OVER = spend time thinking carefully about a plan or proposal
GIVE SB AWAY = make known sth so that sb wants to keep secret
Fill each gap with the missing preposition.
- Make sure your body language isn’t at odds ………….………..what you are saying.
- I think he is mulling the ideas …………………..too much.
- I hope you will not give…………… …………my secret.
- I want all information on a need ………….………… know basis.
“Blogging is becoming more and more popular every day. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.
- To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions –You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.
- To Market or Promote Something- Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.
- To Help People- Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.
- To Establish Yourself as an Expert- Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.
- To Connect with People Like You- Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.
- To Make a Difference- Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.
- To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic- Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
- To Stay Connected with Friends and Family- The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.
– to legitimize = to make something legal or acceptable
– establish sb as sb = to be in a successful position over a long period of time
– like-minded = having similar opinions or thinking
– sway people’s thinking = to persuade someone to believe or do one thing rather than another
– stay abreast of = to make sure you know all the most recent facts about a subject or situation
KEY TO EXERCISES
- Do you know _________where she is__________________________?
- I wonder ______where he worked in 1977______________________.
- Could you tell me ______if she has been to GB___________________?
- I’d like to know _____if you can help me________________________.
- Do you know _____where the concert is_________________________?
- I’d like to know ________how much it cost______________________.
- Can you tell us _____where he lives___________________________?
- Do you think you could tell me ______what the best time to call her is_?
- Make sure your body language isn’t at odds …………..with………..what you are saying.
- I think he is mulling the ideas …………over………..too much.
- I hope you will not give……………away …………my secret.
- I want all information on a need ………….to………… know basis.