Guidelines for Posting Content to the trblist.org Website
(Created by Roberto Sarmiento, last updated 1-11-12)
Who can post?
All LIST ommittee members are allowed – and encouraged – to post to the committee Web site. Please contact Kendra K. Levine firstname.lastname@example.org for setting you up as a contributor.
What to post?
We want content that relates, supports, and advances issues within the committee’s scope, as well as content that supports the committee programs, research topics and the member’s informational knowledge base. See below for the Committee’s scope and tips on how to write/make your postings interesting. Use your best judgment as to what to post.
What not to post?
Offensive, inappropriate or material that does not advance the goals of TRB and/or the LIST committee should not be posted. Material deemed inappropriate will be either edited or removed from the site. Contributors of inappropriate content may have their posting privileges revoked.
What format to follow?
We encourage all types of postings: from a one paragraph comment to a longer original piece; from a link to a news item to an analysis of the news items, etc. There are no limitations as to what format to follow; it is up to the contributors to decide what will be the best format to share what they believe will be of value to our readership.
When to post?
Members can post at any time they want and can post as many items as they wish. All members are encouraged to attempt to post at least one item a month.
Our committee members come from different backgrounds and are connected to unique and diverse information sources that may not be duplicated within the committee. Re-posting items from unique sources is quite acceptable and in fact, encouraged.
LIST Committee Scope
This committee is concerned with innovations in finding, sharing, and using information; information formats and standards; controlled transportation vocabulary and its structure; preservation of information; access to domestic and international transportation information; information management; and the formation of networks of information providers. The committee promotes understanding of these topics throughout the transportation community, identifies critical research needs, and promotes the use of information resources through education and training and collaboration.
Tips for Writing Interesting Content
George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing
From George Orwell 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language.
1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use 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 saying anything outright barbarous.
10 Secrets for Writing Good Blog Posts
1. DO write about what matters to you.
2. DON'T take a too-formal tone.
3. DO edit yourself.
4. DON'T use tired clichés.
5. DO spell check your posts before you click "Publish Now."
6. DON'T forget basic principles of good text layout.
7. DO use lists. Most blog readers skim copy rather than read it all the way through.
8. DON'T use the same format in every post.
9. DO create descriptive headlines that let readers know what to expect from your posts.
10. DON'T sweat it.
The 4 Pillars of Writing Exceptional Blogs <http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/07/19/the-4-pillars-of-writing-exceptional-blogs/>
Pillar 1: Be extremely useful.
Pillar 2: Write great headlines.
Pillar 3: Make the post scannable.
Pillar 4: Write in a plain, concise, common-sense style.