I don't know why, but writing for the Web is scary for some writers.
If this is you, please realize that if you can use a word processor, you can write for the Web. In fact, writing for Web sites is easier than getting MS Word to behave itself.
Most articles, blog posts and other material you submit to Web sites (or post on those sites yourself) are in simple text format. You can write the material in any word processor you choose (even MS Word if you wish), and then save the material as a plain text file. Don't copy and paste - MS Word and other word processors leave artifacts when you copy and paste.
Or you can write the text in a text editor, such as TextEdit (free with your Mac) or my favorite text editor on the PC - NoteTab Lite, also free.
Once you've got a plain text file, you're golden. You simply copy and paste the text where you want it to go.
Above, you can see this text pasted into the TinyMCE Editor which is part of WordPress. If I wanted to post this article on Writing Hacker, this is exactly how I'd do it. Copy and paste... easy, right?
However, I want to use this article on my Typepad blog (right here), so this is what the article looks like pasted into the TypePad editor:
Copy and paste... as long as you remember that PLAIN text is for the Web, all you need to know is how to copy and paste.
And since you know how to do that already, you know how to "write for the Web.":-)
Welcome to the wonderful and easy, world of writing for the Web. As a writer, you just need the confidence to copy and paste. BTW, that applies to creating your own Web sites too, if you use the freely available tools which were created for technophobes. :-)
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