A quick thought on arguing your point

It's okay to stray from the beaten path. If you disagree with 99% of folks on a subject and wish to express your contrary belief online, go for it. You may, indeed, be smarter than the rest of us.

But, before you start typing your world-changing masterpiece, please consider these three hints.

First, use decent grammar. If you want to be taken seriously, don't write in sentences that are fraught with syntactical problems. You must avoid spelling errors. Write in complete sentences. Every error in grammar turns off your astute readers and confuses all your readers.

Second, utilize paragraphing. Some great thinkers achieve half-page paragraphs. Most people, however, have long paragraphs because they don't understand how to organize their thoughts into logical groups. In other words, uni-paragraph blog posts and comments usually proceed line after line with multiple subjects, confusing your poor reader who is struggling to determine your main point.

Third, use logic in your writing to prove your point. That is, write an easy-to-follow progression of ideas. If your paragraphs are well organized, then it should be easy enough to arrange your paragraphs to form solid links in your chain of logic.

These are three tips that will gain you credibility, even if your view is insane.

As a post-script to this, consider the lack of time (or laziness) of your reader. A confusing, single paragraph essay containing every violation of English grammar imaginable will gain your argument about 3 seconds of reading before the user navigates to the next page. If you don't take time to write well, you should not expect people to take time to read your work.

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