Madman skills still apply

Millions of “writers” are now publishing blogs, and as a result there are many sources of “how to” write a better blog, and get it seen.

However, it seems to me that most of the advice is rehashing pretty basic stuff, and focusses way too much attention on the medium of publishing, the web, rather than offering advice on the writing. If there is any merit in the idea that a well written blog will outperform a poorly written one, perhaps we should ignore most of the new-age advice, and   go to the experts on writing.

Having an ability to write, to express an idea memorably, with clarity, and in a manner that creates understanding and an action from the reader is not a result of the net, it is just as hard as it always was, it is just that now the good stuff has far more visible competition for attention from the crap.

David Ogilvy is an acknowledged expert, the original Mad-man, who wrote some of the best advertising of all time, also wrote this internal memo advising his employees how to write.

The advice holds for those trying to write blogs, tweets, and advertising copy today, as much as it did of O&M employees in 1982.

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