Lessons Learned From Writing 100 Articles on Wikinut

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 9th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3a7n_42r/
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Now that I've reached the 100 article mark on Wikinut, it's time to pause and share some lessons learned along the way.

Write What You Know


Back in May, I wrote my first article for Wikinut about how to run a 5 kilometer race. Then, I wrote another article and another and another. Now I've reached a milestone: 100 articles. Let me share what I've learned about writing here.
First, write what you know. This is classic advice for writers but has worked well for me on this site. If you write about what you know and love, you will write with authority and passion. Your knowledge and enthusiasm will shine through.
I'm surprised by the variety of topics I've been able to write here. I've written everything from how to grow tomatoes to how to climb a mountain. I've written about how to cope with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, how to cope with blisters and how to cope with commas.
Think about what you love, what you do well and what you do in your spare time. I'm sure you are an expert on many topics and can share that expertise here on Wikinut.
Try to have variety in your articles. I try not to write about the same topic for more than two days in a row. Hopefully, this makes reading my articles more interesting.

Use Pictures, Videos and Advanced Formatting


Even the best written articles can get a boost from the use of pictures, videos and advanced formatting. A strong cover image will attract more readers to your article. Having no picture or a weak one will not help your articles to stand out. Always try to have pictures in your articles. Take them yourself if you can. Or try Morguefile or Wikimedia Commons for free pictures which anyone can use.
Videos are another way to improve your pages. No matter how well you write, it can be difficult to describe some experiences to readers. Adding videos can literally show your readers what you're trying to convey.
Videos have come in very handy when I write about exercise. The reader can see the trainer actually doing the exercises. Here is an example from an article I wrote about stretching before running
Try to use other forms of advanced formatting such as using italics and bold lettering.This is a good way to emphasize key words and key points you'd like readers to remember.
Don't forget to add links to your own Wikinut articles and to Web sites you may have used for sources. It's also a good idea to link to Web sites that can give readers more information on whatever topic you're writing about.
Linking to your own pages will not only give you more readers but it will also serve as a helpful resource to readers. For example, I've written several articles on running and link to all my articles every time I write a new running story.
I am still working on learning other forms of advanced formatting. This will take some time and practice but I will hopefully get there.

Read Other People's Articles


Reading other people's articles can help you to improve your own writing. You can see what works for other people. For example, I've learned a lot about writing poetry from reading the works of CnWriter Carolina is a talented poet and one of my Wikinut friends.
We are fortunate to have a lot of experts here on Wikinut. You can learn a lot from them. One expert is Marilyn Davis, who has been writing about addiction and recovery
We also have a very knowledgeable wine expert named Fern Mc Costigan
In addition to reading other people's articles, be sure to comment on articles you find interesting and follow authors you enjoy reading. In return, they may follow you and comment on your articles. This is how Wikinut acts as a writing community with writers supporting each other.

Thanks So Much


I'm thankful for the patient moderators who moderate the pages here so well. I'm grateful to the many stars I've received. Thank you Steve, Mark and Peter; and keep up the good work.
I thank all of my followers and people who occasionally read my articles. I'm grateful to those who take the time to comment.
Thanks also to a couple of people who have become my Wikinut friends. First up is my fellow grammarian and tireless supporter Phyl Campbell
Next up is another talented poet, Delicia Powers
Yet another gifted poet and friend is Stella Mitchell
Let's not forget the wise and talented Sivaramakakrishnan A
I apologize if I've forgotten anybody.
If just one of my articles helped someone in even a small way, my work here will not be in vain. I hope I've been helpful to people.
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to get to work on Article # 101.

Attribution:
I took the photos myself except for the keyboard photo, which came from Morguefile.

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I enjoy exercising, pets, and volunteering as well as writing about these topics and others.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Congrats on the 100 articles Connie and thanks for sharing your experience! Good advice!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Johnny. Now I'm trying for 100 more!

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author avatar Becky Vasick
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Firstly, congratulations for achieving your 100th article! And thank you so much for writing this. It has really helped me in what I hope to have made my articles more interesting to read.
I love to write and I love to have this experience to share my work to others out there willing to read it!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Awwww! Thanks for the mention. Congrats on article #100. I'm 30 behind you! Great article!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Becky. Glad to have you at Wikinut. Welcome aboard!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Sure, Phyl, you're one of my best fans here. Thanks for the support.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Good Evening, Connie. First, congrats on your 100 articles. Second, thanks for sharing your experience and tips. And last, but not least, thank you very much for including me in your article. I genuinely appreciate it. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. Glad to help you out. I think you are a great example of one of the many experts here on Wikinut.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Oct 2013 (#)

nice piece...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. I look forward to your poems.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Very good advice!

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Oct 2013 (#)

thanks
drops of tears add up to oceans mine to only 1060 plus by now worth a twenty pounds in three years

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Oct 2013 (#)

sorry
1080 published so far

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, C.D. Hope it helps.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Wow, Loverme, that is a lot of poems. Amazing!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie for mentioning me in your precious article, you and Carolina are an inspiration and motivation for me and many in this forum. Congrats on your 100th article my dear Connie, a big hug!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Well done Connie my friend for the great century reached ....also thank you for recognition as a fellow writer and friend . Here on Wikinut we have made some lovely friendships , and have built a network of trust , inasmuch as we can appreciate each others differences and talents in a good enviroment .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Mariah
10th Oct 2013 (#)

I too add my congratulations on the 100 Connie, well done, and as Stella has relayed, we are indeed blessed in having acquired great friendships through wikinut.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie-:0) your articles are always remarkable and so are you...!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for the mention Connie, I am grateful. I am so happy for you. I put my best foot forward in my efforts. I try to get to this site as eagerly as I tread back home! I do not know what I like more - posting an article or commenting on others' posts. Of course, it is much easier to read and enjoy what others write! We have real camaraderie here and miles to go in our shared journey - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Fern, here comes a virtual hug for you. Keep up the great work.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Stella, you are so right. This is such a nice community here on Wikinut. We are writing colleagues and friends which is wonderful to see.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mariah. It's great having so many friends on this site.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. I think your work is remarkable as well. And you live in one of my favorite states: Maine!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Siva, you always have the most thoughtful and wise words for all of us. I also enjoy coming on the site just to read other people's articles and comment. There is a lot of talent here and support. Keep up the wonderful work you do, Siva.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Oct 2013 (#)

There is one sentence that stands out to me "If you write about what you know and love, you will write with authority and passion". There are too many writers that write about everything under the sun and do it poorly.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Peter, so glad you agree with that point. I always try to follow my own advice on that one.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Oct 2013 (#)

I so agree with Peter...thank God you write so well Connie...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Connie,
Once again I'm putting my two cents worth in at a late date. Write about what you know and love is good advice for the beginning writer but there will come a day when you will have to write with authority on subjects you have no first hand knowledge of. There will also come a day when you will have to write on a subject that you absolutely despise or hate. Every professional writer has to be able to write about things they know nothing about, relying on research to provide them with the knowledge they need. Unlike writing for Wikinut where we can choose what we write about, most of my editors tell me what they want me to do an article on. Trust me when I tell you that many of those things hold no interests for me at all. Some bore me. Some I even hate, but as a professional freelance writer I have learned to separate my personal feelings from the job of bringing home the bacon.

Your article will be beneficial for those just starting out.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jerry, more good points. I'm actually just starting out writing online and freelancing. Thanks for the warning. Sooner or later I will have to write about something I don't know much about it. I know that day is coming.

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author avatar snerfu
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Good work, keep growing!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Snerfu.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Good afternoon, Connie. Shared. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Marilyn.

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