The Mark Twain Guide to Better Blogging

The Mark Twain Guide to Better Blogging

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  1. That’s a great guide and I feel a retort coming on … after I choose wisely, the words and the way !

    I don’t want to get squashed like the lightning bug !

  2. Brian,

    Nice post. Twain had as much wit as anyone . Going against the mass opinion is definitely what distinguishes a blog.


    The days of reading books are still here, for me at least. I think reading gives me great inspiration to blog and improves my writing. I actually posted on that last week.

  3. Nice post! One more Twain quote which I think most bloogers and readers will relate to:

    “Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.”

    The one place I think Twain was wrong:

    “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

    If only he knew about Tara Conner keeping her Miss USA crown, the reality TV boom and the plethora of Web porn!

  4. you missed out his best quote.

    “if you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed – if you do read the newspapers you are just misinformed.”

  5. One of the sharpest minds of our time. My kingdom for the tiniest fraction of his wit.

    What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
    Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

  6. Don’t forget, “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. “

  7. Twain was (and continues to be, I suppose) one of our great national treasures. He was an excellent writer with a sharp wit who happened to be considerably grumpy from time to time. Definitely blogger material. 🙂

  8. Pretty neat post.

    Do you have a background in writing? Most of your posts seem to be focused on quality writing.

    Good stuff. Useful to me, as I’m new at this blogging thing.

  9. I like his definition of success….

    Behold the fool saith, “Put not all thine eggs in the one basket”–which is but a manner of saying, “Scatter your money and your attention;” but the wise man saith, “Put all your eggs in the one basket and–WATCH THAT BASKET.”

  10. Damn good post! Thank you. Guidance such as this could inspire the rise of a superstar author with Twain’s humility, humanism and humourous pessimism. Such writers are out there — needling North America’s culture of consumption, status and egotism — but their audiences are small and select. Tenacity and grit may be the determining factors in success. To quote Mr. Twain: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

  11. Nicole, nice work. I wrote this post back in 2006 because Twain makes it so easy to riff on his quotes and apply them to any situation. I should do another one. 🙂

  12. I agree, Twain was SO ahead of his time – so much that his thoughts and commentary are applicable even today. Thanks again!

  13. This was a damn compelling article! I love copyblogger because I get so much INSPIRATION from your articles! Mark Twain was an all-time great! I NEED TO BLOG about this guy!t

  14. Great information. We are just getting started with blogging…… this info has given us some great insight! Thank you!

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