Keep it short and sweet!
Have an inviting, engaging (even playful) tone.
Appeal to the inquisitive nature of the Hopkins community. Inquiring minds want to know!
Limit use of visual effects such as font type, size and color. The best way to add flair is to incorporate images.
Add links! What questions are blog readers asking themselves as they read your post? Make links to answer those questions! And, proxify them to ensure accessibility.
Variety is the spice of life! Make the links varied and interesting, showcasing as many library resources as you can think of.
You are your own best critic!
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Maybe check out this classic book for advice:
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Usage and Grammar Guides
A usage guide or grammar guide is a book that illustrates how to use English correctly.
Most of these are on D-level in the Blue Labels, in the PE1460 section.
The best-known guide deals with the basics of how to write "plain English" -- this is the classic
- The Elements of Style / by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White
Several recent usage manuals are quite funny and give clear examples. These include:
- Between you and I: a little book of bad English / by James Cochrane.
Eisenhower D-level Blue Labels, PE1460.C53 2003 and 2004
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves: a zero tolerance approach to punctuation / by Lynne Truss.
D-level and Libraries Services Center, PE1450.T75 2004
- Woe is I: the grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English / Patricia T. O'Conner.
Eisenhower D-level Blue Labels, PE1112.O28 2009