What’s missing?

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy]

I recently blogged about the perils of assuming too much knowledge on behalf of your readers (see “Why you should write for grandmothers and Martians”).

Today I came across an example of writing where the most fundamental question in the reader’s mind was, very confusingly, left unanswered.

On the suggestion of Daily Blog Tips, I had very excitedly headed to the 9Rules Network to submit my blog to be featured on the 9Rules Network homepage. The promise of hundreds of extra hits that endorsement by 9Rules would bring was just too enticing to ignore.

I went to their “How do I join?” page but couldn’t for the life of me work out how to submit my blog – and I’m not the only one in the blogosphere scratching my head.

The page answers a number of questions: “When do you take submissions?”, “What do you do when you go through submitted sites?”, “How do I know if my site was accepted?” and several other FAQs.

Every question, in fact, except the most obvious and important one heading the page – HOW DO I BLOODY JOIN????

I’ve emailed 9Rules to tell them of the error – let’s hope they fix it soon!

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5 Responses to What’s missing?

  1. Mike Rundle November 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    You can submit right here:

    http://9rules.com/submit/

    We linked it up from the blog but not the main site yet. Sorry about that!

  2. Clare Lynch November 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks, Mike! I hope blogging about you doesn’t go against me in my submission!

  3. Russell Cavanagh December 29, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    I have a degree of difficulty with this in some of my own stuff. I assume a certain degree of knowledge on the basis that those interested will have some … but someone said to me yesterday that further simplification would perhaps be more inclusive (is “inclusive” one of your banned words (lol)? How near to first principles … ?

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Clare Lynch January 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by, Russell. Yes, it’s something all of us struggle with. I learned quite a lesson when I was teaching a writing course once, which included a section on jargon. I had kept referring to “copy” – until one of my participants asked me what I meant by this strange word “copy”. I’m embarrassed to say that I had assumed a level of knowledge by using writers’ jargon – “writing” or “text” would have been the more inclusive word to use!

  5. Robert Hruzek May 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Wow, I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one stumped by that! ‘Course, the capper is, after all the aggravation of finally finding out how to submit – I didn’t get in! Sheesh!

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