The expeditious world of today craves to get everything in a split second. People have lost patience and are in a haste to accomplish things. Let’s brush up on the progression of writing through the ages.
How Did Writing Originate?
It’s time to learn all about blogging and its history. We can trace the origins of writing back to 3100 B.C. with the Sumerian script on Cuneiform. Later on, the development of human livelihood resulted in scripts like pictographs, ideographs, logograms, and rebus writing.
Pictographs and ideographs are pictorial and symbolic representations. We come across both types even today in signboards on the roads. These scripts have resulted in the development of writing called alphabet. 26 simple English letters. Today, we’ve ended up with the most developed and easiest form of writing.
Classifications of Writing
You can classify writing into 5 major types: Descriptive, Narrative, Expository, Persuasive, and Creative.
You’ve heard or read stories or articles describing a person or object. Descriptive writing gives you a visual understanding of the things mentioned. The writer uses words that make the readers visualize the described subject. Live examples include advertisements, stories, and descriptive articles.
Narration can be done in many forms, like stories, poems or essays. It is a human-interest story where the writer uses vivid words to interest the readers. The stories ‘Akbar and Birbal’, ‘Panchatantra’, and ‘Aesop’s Fables’ are narrations.
Expository writing has more to do with explaining or exposing certain information or ideas. It is a mixture of narrative and descriptive writing. The writer analyzes the topic and presents in a clear manner. Many school textbooks use expository writing for the benefit of students
If the writer wants to convince a reader about on his or her concept, the writer adopts the argumentative or persuasive form. Persuasive writers use a subjective style to put forth their concept to be legitimate and raise discussion or arguments on it. They urge the reader to take a stand on an issue. Many debaters writers of today adopt writing in this style.
We have all attempted to write stories that are fun-filled and imaginative. This is what creative writing is all about. The writer produces it in a way that makes the reader taste the essence of the writing. In creative writing, things are made up and imagination runs wild to entertain the reader. Fictitious stories such as ‘The Jungle Book’, and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are all examples of creative writing.
“Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can. It’s about publishing as smart as you can.” – John Morrow
Writing in the Current Age
Armed with the knowledge of writing and its types, let’s look at the present form of writing in the 21st century.
What is a Blog?
A blog is a shortened form of writing on the web, earlier known as ‘web log’. Blogs are a form of persuasive writing. They put forth opinions of the blogger regarding an issue which might raise arguments and result in ideas which were originally never thought of.
Writing vs Blogging
In what ways does blogging vary from general writing?
The distinction is vast. Blogs do not need the blogger to follow a sophisticated style of writing. The main aim of a blogger is to attract lots of readers. Anyone can blog, but not everyone can get people to read their blogs. To do this, you have to be appealing.
There are countless topics to blog about, so opt for whichever one interests you. Certain topics don’t require much research and you can publish as desired on sites like WordPress, Medium, Tumblr, and Blogger. Blogs are open for others to comment and put up their views on the issue.
Benefits of Blogging
Let me put up a few points on the advantages of blogging.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost
Remember what Frost said and create surprise and tears within both you and the reader.
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Have I persuaded you to become a persuasive writer? If so, start blogging now!