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I'm a diehard Royals and Jayhawks fan.
Rock Chalk Championship 2008!
Yeah, the Royals are in first place right now. But are they a contender or a pretender? Check out my Division Leader Contenders/Pretenders piece and see what you think.
Sean - no, it definitely was not a poorly written article, by any stretch of the imagination. To clear up: I find that commas are often incredibly useful, just because when writers are covering a subject they are passionate and knowledgeable about, they often want to cram-a-lam as much useful information in as possible. By breaking up the longer, more detailed sentences with commas, readers may be better able to digest all of the information coming at them at once; as far as the subject/verb pointer: I don't remember specifics, but that was just a general guideline, to remember to include a subject and verb (i.e. the sentence "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language, since it contains both a subject and a matching verb). When I writing "matching verb" I mean that the verb has been properly conjugated to match the noun. For example, the word "team" is a singular noun, so you would write "the team is" or "the team has" rather than "the team are" or "the team have"; the best way to check for this is by repeating the sentence aloud and seeing if it makes sense. A lot of people mix up verbs when using "team," probably because a team, though it is a singular noun, represents multiple players.
Does this help? I hope it clears up what I wrote. Please let me know if you are unclear on any of this.
I always like to leave some guiding feedback on pieces; not criticisms, but tips.
I think you'll like my take on the career of former Royal Carlos Beltran. When you have a chance, please check it out. Thanks
I have decided to make an early prediction for the AL MVP Award: Evan Longoria vs Miguel Cabrera. Who will come out on top? Check my peice if you can, and comment if you wish. Thanks
Yes it is B/R protocol to put the author's name in the teaser. It helps you to get recognition on the site. This is c/p from our editor's "cheat sheet" regarding teasers:
"It's important that we exercise close editorial control over the teaser text. Two points to remember: First, always include the author's first AND last names. Second, frame the author's argument while being as simple and concise as possible with your language.
The best teasers are equal parts preview and provocation. You should aim to hook potential readers with one or two succinct, illuminating sentences.
Avoid using "us" in teasers (as in constructions like "tells us" and "gives us"). "Us" creates an overly casual tone; your goal is to emphasize professionalism. As a point of reference, "Ryan Alberti tells us how to keep teasers professional" reads better as "Ryan Alberti explains how to keep teasers professional.""
Hope that helps! Keep up the good work!