I work in the corporate sector, and have done so for decades. Among other things I write business letters, proposals, policies, reports and board papers. Tedious, necessary, fit-for-purpose documents. Read, then filed.
Thing is, I like writing. Just not the sort of writing my day job demands.
Through this website, I practice my writing skills. Fiction and nonfiction. Correct and clear English (the Australian variant).
How short? 350 words or thereabouts (one page in a paperback book). Well, that’s the target. Some posts are shorter. Some are waaaay longer.
How simple? A Flesch-Kincaid score of 70 or more (good for a 7th grade student).
How succinct? There’s no easy measure. But as I improve, I want to write about more complex topics. And it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that struggles with verbosity.
I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.
Blaise Pascal (trans)
I write ti practice and improve my writing skills and my thinking. There’s a little more detail in this post, but in summary…
I want to clarify and deepen my thinking about things because in this distracted era, it’s too easy to be superficial. Just as importantly, I want to be able to communicate that thinking through words that are succinct yet simply understood.
When my writing is publicly accessible, I’m encouraged to make my work as good as it can be. If it just stays in a journal, seen by no-one, it tends towards half-arsedness.
So I put it on this website, hosted by wordpress.com. This is not a perfect solution, but it’s good enough for starters. For example, you will see advertisements that are not under my control.
The theme is the free Penscratch 2 theme by Automattic. It’s operating exactly as it came out of the box – no font changes, no tweaks, nothing. It looks okay on mobiles and tablets, too. I’m no designer – safest to leave it alone.
Thanks for reading.