Wee Birdy

1. Find a subject you care about. 2. Do not ramble, though. 3. Keep it simple. 4. Have the guts to cut. 5. Sound like yourself. 6. Say what you mean to say. 7. Pity the readers.

- Kurt Vonnegut

With our singular focus, we don't often mention other blogs we like, but we're happy to have an opportunity to put that right in one case.

Wee Birdy is an excellent design, craft and shopping blog written by the deputy shopping and style editor at Time Out London magazine, who also happens to live in Brockley. Her work has recently been celebrated by the Times, who selected it for its list of the 50 best design blogs in the world. Check it out.


Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

Wow, thanks for glowing mention. Super-chuffed! xx

Monkeyboy said...

Kurt knew a thing or two about writing, As did my hero George Orwell. From 'Politics and the English Language'

"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:

1. What am I trying to say?
2. What words will express it?
3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

And he will probably ask himself two more:

1. Could I put it more shortly?
2. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?"


" 1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never us a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. "

Hugh said...

Orwell had his moments but he wasn't fresh like me.

Monkeyboy said...

can you hear that? That's Orwell spinning in hs grave.

(Orwell was an atheiest - good lad)

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