Writing Online

An occasionally updated list of links guiding my effort to become a better online writer.

Last updated: 2013.12.18


How people read online: Why you won’t finish this article. by Farhad Manjoo in Slate.

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content — eye-tracking study by web researcher Jakob Nielsen.

Website Reading: It (Sometimes) Does Happen — more from Nielsen.

tl;dr — as defined by the Urban Dictionary.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.


The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel by Dan Sinker — a satirical political tale written in tweets during Chicago’s mayoral election season.

Thumbs Race as Japan’s Best Sellers Go CellularNew York Times on Japanese novels via text messaging.

Watch Microsoft Visualize Viral ContentFast Company * co.design
Direct link to video: Microsoft Research

Visualize the 18th century version of “viral content” — Correspondence among Enlightenment figures visualized on a map.

Something About How Steve Roggenbuck’s Poetry Will Save the Internet

Writing Style for Print vs. Web

How Users Read on the Web

A New Hope?

People Share News Online That Inspires Awe, Researchers FindNew York Times in 2010.

Write Articles, Not Blog Postings — Relative good news from Nielsen

Ode: How to tell a great story — Representative blather from marketing guru Seth Godin

@Longreads on Twitter — Suggestions of, well, long things to read online.

An example of quality online writing being rewarded: This very long 2004 blog post was read and shared by millions. It was published in newspapers and Kevin Bacon starred in an award-winning HBO movie based on this nonfiction narrative: BLACKFIVE: Taking Chance Home

Online publications see a future in printLos Angeles Times 2013.12.15