English Parts of Speech: Verbs August 31, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Grammar, Language.
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Series index: English Parts of Speech Overview
Verbs express actions and states of existence, like “I eat” and “I am hungry.” Know Your Verb Tenses offers grammatical information about any verb.
English verbs have only a few basic forms:
- Infinitive – write
- Singular third person – writes
- Preterite (simple past tense) – wrote
- Present participle – writing
- Past participle – written
They can be categorized based on their conjugations:
- Strong Verbs and Weak Verbs – wrote vs. walked. Also see Strong and Weak for a look at some common errors in conjugation.
- Defective Verbs – can, do, will, etc.
Verb Agreement: Number and Person
In English, a verb must agree with the number and person of its subject: I write, you write, he/she/it writes, we write, you (y’all) write, they write. See Making Subjects and Verbs Agree for basic guidelines. These conjugated verbs, called finite verbs, are required to form a complete sentence; on the other hand, non-finite verbs can’t function as verbs without helping verbs (see Types of Verbs below).
Tense and Aspect
English has three distinct tenses (past, present, and future) and three distinct aspects (simple, perfect, and progressive). Whereas tense distinguishes between I write (present) and I wrote (past), aspect distinguishes between I write (present simple) and I am writing (present progressive). Traditional grammar generally uses the term “tense” for both – in fact, I had never heard of verb aspect until today.
Here’s a list of each tense and aspect in English:
- Past (simple) – I wrote
- Past progressive – I was writing
- Past perfect – I had written
- Past perfect progressive – I had been writing
- Present (simple) – I write
- Present progressive – I am writing
- Present perfect – I have written
- Present perfect progressive – I have been writing
- Future (simple) – I will write
- Future progressive – I will be writing
- Future perfect – I will have written
- Future perfect progressive – I will have been writing
Using Verb Tenses gives a complete overview of each tense and aspect with many examples. If you’re interested in linguistics, read Rick Harrison’s detailed article on Verb Aspect (definitely not light reading).
Verbs are either in the active voice (I threw the ball) or the passive voice (The ball was thrown). Read this article on Active and Passive Voice if you need to brush up a bit.
English has three (arguably four) moods: indicative, imperative, and subjunctive — some also include the conditional mood.
- Subjunctive - I wish he were right. Expresses doubts, wishes, hopes, and (in some cases) commands. For more on using the subjunctive mood, see The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Subjunctive.
- Conditional – I would write (if I had a pen). Expresses what one would do if a condition were met. Used in the several types of conditional sentences. See Conditonal Verb Forms for more on using the conditional with the subjunctive.
Linguists categorize other types of verbs based on their meaning and usage.
- Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs - He writes vs. He is tall. This article on Progressive, Stative, and Dynamic Verbs explains the difference.
- Impersonal Verbs – It rained.
- Auxiliary Verbs (also called helping verbs) – is, have, will, etc. These are used with other verbs to form verb groups. See The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Auxiliary and Primary Verbs for more.
- Modal Verbs – may, can, must, would, etc. Modal verbs are types of auxiliary verbs.
- Phrasal Verbs – catch on, ask over, run across, etc. See Two-Part (Phrasal) Verbs (Idioms) for an explanation and a list, and be sure to bookmark the Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs.
- Compound Verbs – downsize, out-fox, sidestep, etc. Note: not to be confused with verb groups, which are also sometimes called compound verbs.
Some other types of verbs exist, but they aren’t particularly important unless you’re a linguist. If you are, see Wikipedia Category: Verb Types for more.
- Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
- A Second Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
- Third Quiz on Subject-Verb Agreement
- Identifying Verb Tenses
- Tense Consistency Exercises
- Uses of the Subjunctive
- Interactive Verb Quiz #1- identify the type of verb
- Interactive Verb Quiz #2 -identify the type of verb
- Use of Modal Auxiliaries
- Phrasal Verbs
- Phrasal Verbs: Quiz Two
English Parts of Speech: Nouns and Pronouns August 29, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Grammar, Language.
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Series index: English Parts of Speech Overview
We’ve all heard this before: a noun is a person, place or thing. GrammarStation.com’s Know Your Nouns page gives grammatical information about (almost) any noun.
Nouns have three cases: nominative (or subjective), objective, and possessive. For nouns, the nominative and objective cases look the same; grammarians just use them to distinguish a sentence’s subject from its object. (See Basic Sentence Elements.)
For everything you ever wanted to know about the possessive case, see The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Forming Possesives.
Gender and Number
Most nouns in English don’t have a gender, but some nouns do have male and female counterparts. LousyWriter.com’s article on Inflections of Nouns – Gender has some interesting information about the origins of masculine and feminine words.
Number is simple enough; English nouns are either singular or plural. See The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Guide to Forming Plurals.
Types of Nouns
- Count and Noncount Nouns - tables as opposed to furniture.
- Pluralia tantum - scissors, pants, and glasses (not to be confused with the noncount noun glass). These are often used with collective nouns: a pair of scissors, a pair of pants, etc.
- Compound Nouns – business class, foot rest, blackboard, etc.
- Gerunds - Swimming is fun. See The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Gerunds for more on using gerunds with possesives.
- Infinitives - I like to swim. See Gerunds and Infinitives: Their Noun Roles for more on using gerunds and infinitives as sentence elements. Also be sure to check out this interesting essay on the subtle differences in meaning between gerunds and infinitives: Stop to Smell the Roses But Don’t Stop Smelling the Roses.
- Words and Word Groups Used As Nouns - With a little poetic license, you can use any word as a noun — even whole clauses can function as nouns within a sentence (That you could say such a thing bewilders me).
Pronouns are noun-substitutes used to avoid repetition.
When you think of pronouns, you probably think of personal pronouns: I, you, me, him, etc. Unlike nouns, pronouns in the nominative case look different from those in the objective case. Person, gender, and number are straightforward — see English Personal Pronouns on Wikipedia for a table. Note: the table includes possessive determiners (my, your, her, etc.) even though they aren’t technically pronouns.
- Demonstrative Pronouns (or independent demonstratives) – this, that, these, and those. Wikipedia explains the difference between demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives.
- Relative Pronouns - who, whom, whose, which, that, and sometimes what. These introduce relative clauses. The use of the words which and that often causes confusion (and many arguments); see the links at the bottom of “How to Avoid Common Pronoun Errors” below.
- Interrogative Pronouns - what, which, who, whom, and whose.
- Reflexive Pronouns - myself, herself, itself, yourselves, etc. Note: when used for emphasis, these are called intensive pronouns.
- Reciprocal Pronouns - each other and one another.
- Indefinite Pronouns - anyone, everyone, nothing, nobody, somebody, etc.
How to Avoid Common Pronoun Errors
- Using Pronouns Clearly - a few tips on agreement and clarity.
- Pronoun Reference - more tips on agreement and clarity.
- The American Heritage Book of English Usage – Personal Pronouns - a detailed look at case agreement.
- I/me/myself - a short word on these commonly misused pronouns.
- they/their (singular) – a word on using plural pronouns to refer to indefinite pronouns like everybody. Also see this site devoted to the subject: Singular “Their” in Jane Austen and Elsewhere: Anti-pedantry Page.
- Which Versus That - when to use these tricky relative pronouns.
- The American Heritage Book of English Usage has informative entries on: this, that, who, which, and what.
- Quiz on Which, That, and Who
- Quiz on Forms of Who
- A Second Quiz on Forms of Who.
- Quiz on Pronoun Usage – personal pronoun agreement.
- A Second Quiz on Pronoun Forms – includes possessive determiners.
- Interactive Pronoun Quiz #1 – identify the type of pronoun.
- Interactive Pronoun Quiz #2 – identify the type of pronoun.
- Review: Pronoun Reference - includes possessive determiners.
English Parts of Speech Overview August 28, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Grammar, Language.
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Got grammar? See Everything You Need to Improve Your English Grammar.
The parts of speech determine how words interact with each other, organizing words based on their uses and meanings. For a detailed overview, see the entry for Lexical Category on Wikipedia.
I remember learning the basics in school, but I can’t remember every detail. For example, what exactly is a preposition (as opposed to a conjunction)? What part of speech does “therefore” belong to? So, without getting too much into linguistics (that’s for another post), I’m going to review the eight traditional parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
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English Etymology Resources August 27, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Language, Words.
A knowledge of etymology helps with vocabulary and spelling, but only if you take an active interest. The Origin of Words and Names has some delightful tidbits of information that should pique your interest. If you need a little background, SparkNotes offers A Very Brief History of English, aimed at students studying vocabulary for the SAT.
Note: some sites may have incorrect information. See this article on Common Errors in Popular Etymology.
References and Lists of Word Origins
Greek and Latin Roots
- Wordorigins.org – searchable list of about 400 words and phrases, also has a discussion forum and more.
- Etymologically Speaking – alphabetical list of interesting word origins.
- A Dictionary of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms (large PDF file) – includes meanings and language of origin.
Ask the Etymology Experts
These guys know what they’re talking about, and they’re happy to answer your questions.
- World Wide Words – seemingly endless pages on the history of words and phrases, plus many other language-related articles.
- The Word Detective – monthly web column on words and language.
- Take Our Word For It – “the bi-weekly Word-Origin webzine” includes several regular columns.
- AskOxford: Word Origins FAQ – see the FAQ and ask your own question.
- Wordwizard – forums for discussing word origins and English in general.
The makers of these podcasts also welcome your questions.
- Podictionary – covers one word’s history every day.
- Word for the Wise – podcast about words, published every week day.
- The Word Nerds - a weekly, 30 or 40 minute podcast all about language.
- A Way With Words – a weekly, hour-long KPBS radio show about English. Listen to many older shows on Odeo.
- Etymologic – claims to be “the toughest word game on the web”.
LearningNerd’s Commonly Misspelled Words August 25, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Language, Words.
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To improve my spelling (see Improve Your Spelling), I’m keeping a list of the words I commonly misspell. So far, I’ve found that simply adding words to this list helps me remember to spell them correctly! To ensure that I never misspell again, I’m also looking up each word’s etymology and practicing some other word-memorizing tricks. I’ll update this post as I discover more of my commonly misspelled words. Last updated on 9/11/06.
Spellings and definitions from TheFreeDictionary.com.
all right – People use the word alright so often, I’m not even sure if this should be considered a misspelling anymore! But The American Heritage Book of English Usage says that despite its frequent use, alright “has never been accepted as standard.” The Maven’s Word of the Day has some interesting history on the word alright. They’ve concluded that its current status “is hard to assess.” I’m in favor of standardizing the word alright, because — well, is there any reason not to? It would prevent confusion in sentences like “The three students were all right” (all three of them were correct) and “The three students were all right/alright” (they were OK or safe).
separately – I often spell it seperately, since I pronounce it that way. The correct spelling just doesn’t look right to me. Well, the Online Etymology Dictionary shows that separate comes from the Latin word separare, from se + parare — and they probably pronounced the A more clearly. So, as long as I think of separate as se + para + te, I’ll have no problem; the key is singling out that para. Or use this mnemonic: the rock split into two separate parts (from AskOxford: Commonly Misspelled Words).
address – Alright, I’m a bit embarrassed about misspelling this now and then. I can’t blame pronunciation — only a pesky double D. Mnemonic: please add your address (from AskOxford: Commonly Misspelled Words). The word also has an interesting history; see Online Etymology Dictionary – address.
lightning – I see lightening all over the place, and since misspellings are extremely contagious, I’m guilty of it, too. This is a simple word, though; just spell lightning like you pronounce it.
supersede – Tricky, tricky. It looks like it should be spelled supercede, and sometimes it is spelled supercede, so why is supersede correct? The Columbia Guide to Standard American English explains it — sort of. Does anyone know why supersede became the standard? I’ll either have to memorize this one or start a petition to change its spelling.
argument – I don’t understand why we need to drop the E from argue, but there you have it. I’ll use the pronunciation as a mnemonic: arg-U-ment.
hors d’oeuvre – This one doesn’t come up too often, but man, is it hard to spell! It doesn’t help that we pronounce it or durve, either. Actually, pronouncing it the French way still wouldn’t make it any easier to spell. Knowing its etymology doesn’t even help much; see Online Etymology Dictionary – hors d’oeuvre. For now, I’ll just pronounce it horse doe-oov-ree.
Improve Your Spelling August 23, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Language, Words.
Never take your spell checker for granted. I usually have no trouble with spelling, but I’ve noticed my skills gradually deteriorating. Well, I’ve misspelled one too many times; I need to take action!
Introducing the well-known frustrations of the English language, this article explains How Spelling Got to Be So Difficult.
Now, for an overview, here are Some Rules and Suggestions About Spelling. This article doesn’t cover everything, but it’s the most complete one I’ve found.
Spelling Tips and Rules
Pronunciation and Spelling
First of all, notice that many common spelling errors result from pronouncing a word incorrectly. AskOxford has some tips on spelling words with Unstressed Syllables. For other common mistakes, see this list of The Most Often Mispronounced Words in English.
So, either pronounce the word correctly or remember an exaggerated pronunciation; for example, I hear “BEE-AY-YOU-tiful” in my head whenever I write “beautiful” — a habit left over from third grade.
Just Plain Annoying Words
AskOxford — my hero! — points out some common causes of misspellings.
Words That Change Their Spelling
With so many exceptions and so few rules, English complicates even the simplest of words. Why is food edible and water drinkable? Well, I found the answer! (See the first link.)
Lists of Problem Words
Commonly Misspelled Words
- Spelling Therapy – common errors are color-coded.
- Wikipedia’s List of Common Misspellings in English - includes common misspellings.
- The Most Often Misspelled Words in English - comments on each word.
- Fun With Words: Commonly Misspelled Words – includes some common misspellings.
- AskOxford: Commonly Misspelled Words – tips on spelling each word correctly.
- Common Words That Sound Alike - explanations of some commonly confused words.
- List of Homophones on Wikipedia – extensive list organized by sound.
- Some Rules and Suggestions About Spelling - several spelling quizzes at the bottom of the page.
- Spelling Bee Quizzes and Trivia – 32 different quizzes, varying levels of difficulty.
- Funbrain’s Spell Check Game – choose the misspelled word and spell it correctly, easy and hard.
- Miss Spelling’s Ultimate Spelling Exercise – choose the correct spelling of 100 commonly misspelled words.
- A Spelling Test – choose the correct spelling of 50 commonly misspelled words.
American Vs. British Spelling
- American and British English Spelling Differences – lots of information on usage and history.
- Spelling Differences Between British and American English – lists key spelling differences, including different verb forms (like dreamed vs. dreamt).
- American and British Spelling Differences – categorized list of spelling variations, almost 500 words.
- American and British Spelling Variations – alphabetical list of spelling variations, over 450 words.
Studying a word’s origins will also help you remember its spelling. This article lists many, many examples: Sounds and Spelling in English Words: Some Correspondences with Language of Origin.
For more etymology links (dictionaries, articles, podcasts, and quizzes), see my post on English Etymology Resources.
LearningNerd’s List of Words August 21, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Language, Words.
Taking the advice of an instructional film from 1948 (see Improve Your Vocabulary), I’m keeping a list of interesting and useful words to learn. I’ll update this post as I work on my vocabulary — right now, I’m taking it easy and only learning one new word every once in a while. Last updated on 9/26/06.
Definitions from TheFreeDictionary.com.
paradigm n. – One that serves as a pattern or model.
obsequious adj. – Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning. Attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery.
salient adj. – Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. Springing; jumping: salient tree toads. Also: n. A military position that projects into the position of the enemy. A projecting angle or part.
profligate adj. – Given over to dissipation; dissolute. Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant. Also: n. A profligate person; a wastrel.
serendipity n. – The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. An instance of making such a discovery.
acumen n. – Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.
notarize v. – To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.
vehement adj. – Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid. Marked by or full of vigor or energy; strong.
evanescent adj. – Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.
opine v. – To state as an opinion. To express an opinion.
cerebration n. – To use the power of reason; think.
quip n. – A clever, often sarcastic remark. A petty distinction or objection; a quibble. Something curious or odd.
gravitas n. – Substance; weightiness. A serious or dignified demeanor.
mercurial adj. – Having the characteristics of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, and thievishness attributed to the god Mercury. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile.
polemic n. – A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
avuncular adj. - Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.
peremptory adj. – Putting an end to all debate or action. Not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative. Having the nature of or expressing a command; urgent. Offensively self-assured; dictatorial.
Improve Your Vocabulary August 19, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in English, Language, Words.
A good vocabulary is, for lack of a better word, good to have. I’d like to think I have a decent vocabulary, but I’m often unable to find the word I’m looking for. Sure, I’ve seen lots of words – I’ve probably even looked up their definitions – but I hardly ever remember them. So, starting now, I’m going to gradually incorporate more words into my daily usage.
Let’s begin with an instructional video:
Vocabulary is timeless! For more about the video, see the Internet Archive.
Step 1: Find New Words
Read, read, read! Like the video suggests, search consciously for new words and keep a list of them. (See my list.) Now, here are some links they would’ve loved to bookmark in 1948:
I learn new words every time I write, because I’m always alt-tabbing between my document and a thesaurus.
- Thesaurus.com - my old stand-by.
- Visual Thesaurus – presents an interactive web of words. I had fun with the free trial!
- Roget’s Thesauri – these have a more bookish feel to them.
- Learn a New Word – definitions, origins, and example sentences for a few hundred words.
- The Maven’s Word of the Day Archive – interesting information about many words, including definitions, origins, and notes on usage.
- A Year’s Worth of Words: A Popup Lexicon – 366 words, definitions and example sentences.
- Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words – almost 14,000 words, definitions only.
- Luciferous Logolepsy – over 9,000 obscure words, definitions only.
- International House of Logorrhea – over 15,000 words, definitions only.
- 5,000 Free SAT Words – definitions only.
- GRE Vocabulary Builder – over 1,400 words viewable as flash cards or lists, definitions only.
- 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know – just the words, no definitions.
- My Favorite Word – a list of people’s favorite words (be sure to submit yours!).
Word of the Day
Note: if you want even more word lists, many of these sites have word-of-the-day archives.
- A.Word.A.Day – RSS, email
- Vocab Vitamins – RSS, email
- OneLook Word of the Day – RSS
- Bloomsbury Word of the Day – email
- NY Times Word of the Day – neither RSS nor email
Step 2: Learn New Words
I hate real-life dictionaries – probably because I don’t know the alphabet as well as I should. Luckily for me, the internet provides alternatives for the alphabetically challenged.
Meaning, Spelling, and Pronunciation
While you’re reading a challenging article online, paste the URL into VoyCabulary to transform every word on the page into a link to the word’s definition.
OneLook Dictionary Search indexes over 900 dictionaries on every subject imaginable – it even has a “reverse dictionary”, letting you find a word by searching for its definition. Now, if you’re looking to hear a word’s pronunciation, look it up on Merriam-Webster or TheFreeDictionary.com.
For spelling tips, lists, and quizzes, see my Improve Your Spelling post.
- Just Vocabulary - teaches 2 words a day (made for ESL learners).
- Princeton Review Vocab Minute – uses a song to “teach around four words in 60 seconds.”
- GoodWord from alphaDictionary.com – covers one word in each podcast, reading everything from the Daily Good Word.
- Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day Podcast - simply reads everything from Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day.
- Very Vocabulary – teaches several words and includes some personal commentary.
- Vocabulary Quizzes and Trivia – 390 vocabulary-related quizzes of all difficulties.
- Building A Better Vocabulary: Quizzes – matching, fill-in the blank, and more.
- NY Times Test Prep Question of the Day - one multiple-choice question each day.
- Sheppard Software Vocabulary Games – multiple-choice context quizzes and flashcards.
Usage, Connotations, and Etymology
If you want to develop a superior command of the language, you’ll need to understand each word’s finer nuances, not just its definition.
Celebrity English is a fun way to get started. I don’t usually think of Hollywood when I think of improving my vocabulary, but this blog uses celebrity news to teach new words. Now, if you want to find more usage examples for a specific word, look it up on Google News or even Google Blog Search; just browse through the search results (without even clicking any links) and you’ll get a better feel for how and when to use the word.
For links about word origins and history (including etymology podcasts, web columns, and more), see English Etymology Resources. You can also learn about the historical and cultural significance of some words by looking them up on an encyclopedia like Wikipedia. For example, I never knew that defenestration, one of my favorite words, “has become popular as a term for switching from MS Windows to Linux or another operating system.”
Alright, you now know the meaning of every word in the English language. Now you just need to remember everything. For best results, use a combination of the following methods:
- Mnemonics. Use acronyms, images, songs, and other memory tricks to memorize a word’s meaning and spelling. To remember the meaning of “mnemonics”, notice that the word starts with M (as in “memory”) and rhymes with “tricks”. For spelling, just remember that Mnemonics Now Erase Man’s Oldest Nemesis, Insufficient Cerebral Storage.
- Straight memorization. Hey, it works for some people! Simply review your word lists, flash cards, podcasts, and quizzes over and over again.
- Conversation. Use a new word every day. If you don’t want to sound pretentious around your friends, join a chatroom as Anonymous and practice there.
- Read. The more you come across your new words, the better you’ll remember them.
- Write. Start a scholarly blog. Get into creative writing. Anything will work, as long as you make the effort to use your new vocabulary.
- Word games. Play lots of crossword puzzles and Scrabble (if you love Scrabble, be sure to see the NSA Word of the Day). My personal favorites are the multiplayer Yahoo Word Games.
- Sticky notes. Don’t like your wallpaper? Plaster your house with sticky notes, each with a new word. Make them pretty or place them strategically — stick “defenestration” on the window, for example.
Your Blog’s First Post August 17, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in Blogging, Blogging 101.
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Publishing the first post is an exciting moment for every blogger. You’re jumping into something new, introducing yourself to the world – all with the click of a simple “Publish” button. I don’t know about you, but that was probably the single most exhilarating click of my life.
I wondered what others write in their first post, so I looked at some random new blogs.
What Do You Title Your First Post?
- First Post!
- Frist Post
- Hey, Look Mom! MOM! MOM! MOOMMMM! I MADE A POST! MOMMMM! MOMMMMMMMMM!
- This one doesn’t have a title, but the post begins with This is the first post of what I hope…
- Hello, and welcome!
- Explaining my topic
- My First Time
- NEW ASSOCIATE WRITER!
What Do You Say in Your First Post?
- rbecksite has a very short first post that doesn’t really say anything.
- Boss Frog Blog starts with an informational welcome post, explaining what readers should expect from the blog.
- Blackmarket Pies offers a short personal introduction and a — what, a recipe? Interesting.
- filing bankruptcy announces its first post on filing bankruptcy, but the first post doesn’t actually say anything about filing bankruptcy!
- The Shifting Balance of Factors gets right to business, listing upcoming projects.
Observations and Questions
First of all, I noticed that nearly every new blog on Google Blog Search: “first post” was made with Blogger. “Popular” is an understatement.
Some bloggers clearly put more effort into their first post than others. How can people start off their blogs with a glaring typo? That’s one thing I’ll never understand.
Posts titled “First Post” and “Hi” definitely didn’t catch my attention. I found myself most interested in the those with unique titles and more than a one-sentence introduction. The first post isn’t even worth reading unless it actually says something. Overall, I preferred the blogs with the most personality — and the best writing.
Now, what I’d like to know is this: does it even matter? Blogs generally don’t attract traffic until well after they’re started, so does anyone actually read the first post? Do you?
Welcome to WordPress.com: Beginner Resources August 15, 2006Posted by LearningNerd in Blogging, Blogging 101, WordPress.com.
WordPress.com’s administration panel looked simple enough, but I wasn’t quite sure what everything did. No worries, though: I found a helpful community and more documentation than I could read.
Video Introduction to WordPress
These flash videos from edublogs.org helped me get a feel for WordPress. (The British accent was also a plus.)
Official WordPress Resources
Definitely worth bookmarking, these sites answer every question you can think of.
- WordPress.com FAQ
- WordPress Codex – detailed documentation for the WordPress software
- WordPress.com Forums
- Lorelle on WordPress has tons of articles about WordPress and blogging in general.
- Best Blog on WordPress features interesting WordPress blogs.
- WordPress Blogs of the Day ranks the top WordPress.com blogs.
- Planet WordPress claims to be “the epicenter of everything WordPress”.
If you know of any other useful resources, be sure to tell me!