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Is it good to use ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification’ in your blogs?

Is it good to use ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification’ in your blogs?

Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of the longest words in the English language. This word was coined to represent the estimation of something as valueless. Ironically, this word itself is valueless as it is not being used by the people regularly. In fact, many don’t even know the existence of such a word. I will introduce a few more such long words-

  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis– a lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica or quartz dust.
  • Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism– A technical term which represents a mild form of inherited pseudohypoparathyroidism
  • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious– A word used when you got nothing to say!

Now that you got a fair idea about these words. Now the question is how suitable it is to use kind of these words in your blogs? Do you thing it necessary to infiltrate tough words into your contents? I will explain.

All who read this very article are bloggers in one way or another as most of us have blogs on steemit or WordPress. You for sure know the importance of the Audience and the engagement. Will it happen if you write anything in the way you want? I have come across a lot of blog posts which failed to attract me in engaging with it. I got bored and ended up discontinuing reading such articles. The main reason being the usage of words!

Those authors who wrote those articles might have been native English speakers. But I think they had failed to understand the global nature of the internet. Those who read your articles are not just from the country you belong to, but they can be from many other countries where English is a second or third language. How can you expect them to be reading your tough to understand level of articles?

Some authors keep on creating articles which can never be understood even by the creator itself without the help of an Oxford dictionary. Then think about the common man who reads it. He/ she will surely give up continuing it. Not just about the language, even the subject we choose will have a good impact on the readability.

If you are writing articles to show off your vocabularies and the knowledge that you have on the English language, you sure are prone to be affected by the less viewership syndrome. If you use a simple language and write on a topic which can even be understood by a 5-year-old child, then the sky is the limit.

What and how one should write?


You can write anything you want. But make sure that it is understandable to the audience. If you aim at a bigger audience, you must write in a simple language. But if you are a scientist or some intellectual guy, you might not like the idea of publicity. In that case, you only need to convince a small number of audience who are of the same intellectual as of you. You can use as much tough words as you wish.

In either cases, you will be much appreciated if you use a very simple language.

Hope you will. I surely will.

 

Posted by Sathya Sankar in Blog, English, 0 comments
Power of using simple language while constructing a blog

Power of using simple language while constructing a blog

The other day I read a series of articles written by @adonisabril which are still on trending page on steemit. If you haven’t seen them yet please do pay a visit and read them here and here on steemit. He is basically a traveler and blogger. If you wish to know more about him and travel blogging, do consider visiting his blog. It is after a long time that we were able to witness quality adorning the trending page of steemit. Thanks to @steempress in particular for making it happen by setting stage for professional bloggers in this blockchain.

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He has brilliantly articulated the art of constructing a travel blog in the first post and ventured into teaching the community of traveling worldwide free of cost in the second. Both are top notch and worth enough to get 1000s of dollars of upvotes. In fact I have learned a lot of new things from those articles. These articles appears to me to be a coincidence as I have started my own wordpress blog just two days back. I was struggling to setting it up and experimented a lot of things myself only to see the site finally crashing. His tutorials helped me like anything!

Among plethora of things he has discussed over there, one specific thing that attracted me to the core was him mentioning the power of simplicity while writing blogs. He wrote that one should give some thoughts on the simplicity of the language used in their blogs.

DOES SIMPLICITY REALLY MATTERS?


Certainly does. Me being an Indian I can’t expect myself to be as fluent in English as a native speaker unless I’m exposed to their premises. When I look for a content on internet I expect it to be simple enough to understand. But unfortunately what happens is that whenever I search on internet, many websites turns out to be a show off of the authors. They use a language that even William Shakespeare may find difficult to understand. While even native speakers struggle to cope eith those usages, how can a person having a medium level of expertise in the language follow those blogs? It is impossible!

Although I’m not that good an English user, I can still distort actual things to make it look much harder on my blogs. That is where one should fail as a blogger. As the above mentioned blogger says in his article, a blog needs to be as simple as possible in its language and construction to attract even a 10 year old toddler into engaging. Failing which will result in the declining of audience. It is a mantra one should keep on telling to him/herself while involving with their blog. I can point out a lot of authors as examples to back this claim. But would like to refrain from that act because of the simplicity I would like to maintain in my blog!

Simplicity pushes readers to keep on engaging with the content without getting bored. How many of us would be ready to read a 5000 words article containing full of words whose meanings are impossible to find without the help of Oxford dictionary? Not most of us. Isn’t it? That’s where the importance of simplicity lies in!

Said that, In fact I’m trying to develop my vocabulary or else it would be hard to organize articles in the way I want. Beauty is that for a creator even the toughest of the words has to be familiar in order to make a simple content!

I’m on the process of learning and setting up a good website. Let us see how far I can be susccessfull.

Good wishes from,

@sathyasankar

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