Goals for the Blog

Since the last post was on making goals, I thought I will write down my goals for this blog too. The purpose of this blog <span caption="Review this sentence for use of the passive voice" class="PassiveVoice alert active" critical="true" description="

Ensure you have not overused the passive voice in your work.

This sentence is written in the passive voice; consider changing it to the active voice. The passive voice refers to the subject receiving the action; the active voice refers to the subject doing the action. While the passive voice is perfectly acceptable in formal writing, it may not effectively persuade the reader. In modern society, people are often convinced by facts; the active voice sounds more like a fact, or a certainty.

Incorrect: Rules are often broken by rebellious teenagers.
Grammatically, this sentence is correct; however, it is more forceful to use the active voice: Rebellious teenagers often break rules.

Incorrect: It has been demonstrated by scientists that smoking causes cancer.
This sentence is more convincing if written in the active voice: Scientists have demonstrated that smoking causes cancer.

N.B. The passive voice should be used in cases where the information is unknown, irrelevant, or should not be mentioned (i.e. when being subtle). It is also used when writing in an impersonal manner to avoid use of pronouns.

Correct: The bowl was broken in the scuffle.
This sentence could replace an accusative sentence, such as “She broke the bowl!”. Use of the passive voice may also put the emphasis where it is most needed:

Correct: It is thought that Shakespeare may have been a group of writers rather than a single author.

” grammarpoint=”Passive voice used where active is more appropriate” name=”” sentence=”The purpose of this blog is already laid down.” style=”background-color: white; color: #191c1e; font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>is already laid down. It is three fold.

Be an encouragement to the women in my sphere of influence. 2.To journal my pioneering effort in homeschooling as an immigrant from India.3. To present to my children some day a compilation of our successes and struggles as we live our lives for the glory of His name.
Purpose- is what the blog stands for. Goal- is how I reach there. Purpose do not change. Whereas goals may be tweaked, from time to time, depending on what works and what does not. I am writing these goals down, so there is a lot of accountability and a standard to look to, when I need to assess my motive behind a post.

Goals:

I will seek to expose the grace of God that works in and through me. Ultimately, it is not what I do or not do, it is what God’s grace establishes through me.

Seek God to be able to write encouraging posts for the readers.

Keep my thoughts simple.

Share insights with love and in a way that will not condemn others, making known that I am no different from others.

If it is an accomplishment, let it show God’s ultimate purpose behind it for His glory.

God help me to organize my thoughts, and may my words be dressed in simplicity and love. I pray for those who read these posts. May them only see your grace overflowing through this sinner’s life. I pray they will be able to see and know Jesus a bit more clearly. Remove any tendency to compare with my life. <span caption="Review this sentence for personal pronouns" class="Style alert" critical="true" description="

The personal pronoun, “You”, may not be appropriate for formal writing. Consider removing this pronoun, and rephrasing your sentence.

Formal writing should be impersonal, so personal pronouns – possessive or otherwise- are generally not used. Personal pronouns (i.e. I, you, we, my, mine, your, yours, our, ours) assume the information in your writing applies only to specific readers. By using impersonal pronouns (he, she, one, they, his, him, her, one’s, their), any reader may make their own personal connections to the information being discussed.

Hint: replace you, I and we with one, and replace my, mine, yours and ours with one’s.

Incorrect: When you add 3 and 4, you should get 7.
The personal pronoun, “you”, should not be used in formal writing.

The sentence may be rephrased so it remains impersonal:
Correct: When 3 and 4 are added, the result should be 7.

Alternatively, “you” may be replaced with “one”:
Correct: When one adds 3 and 4, one should get 7.

Incorrect: I believe this point of view is correct.
When one is permitted to express and opinion (only in personal or opinion essays), the use of “I” is still considered too informal; it may be replaced with “this writer” or “this author”.

Correct: This writer believes this point of view is correct.

” grammarpoint=”Personal pronoun may not be appropriate for formal or academic writing.” name=”Style/PersonalPronouninAcademicWriting/Informalpronouns/2064384″ patterndate=”1326904626000″ sentence=”You assure each one the uniqueness with which you created them and that your plans for them are different from what you have for me.” style=”background-color: white; color: #191c1e; font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>You assure each one the uniqueness with which you created them and that your plans for them are different from what you have for me. Through the commonness, we have in <span caption="Review this sentence for personal pronouns" class="Style alert" critical="true" description="

The personal pronoun, “you”, may not be appropriate for formal writing. Consider removing this pronoun, and rephrasing your sentence.

Formal writing should be impersonal, so personal pronouns – possessive or otherwise- are generally not used. Personal pronouns (i.e. I, you, we, my, mine, your, yours, our, ours) assume the information in your writing applies only to specific readers. By using impersonal pronouns (he, she, one, they, his, him, her, one’s, their), any reader may make their own personal connections to the information being discussed.

Hint: replace you, I and we with one, and replace my, mine, yours and ours with one’s.

Incorrect: When you add 3 and 4, you should get 7.
The personal pronoun, “you”, should not be used in formal writing.

The sentence may be rephrased so it remains impersonal:
Correct: When 3 and 4 are added, the result should be 7.

Alternatively, “you” may be replaced with “one”:
Correct: When one adds 3 and 4, one should get 7.

Incorrect: I believe this point of view is correct.
When one is permitted to express and opinion (only in personal or opinion essays), the use of “I” is still considered too informal; it may be replaced with “this writer” or “this author”.

Correct: This writer believes this point of view is correct.

” grammarpoint=”Personal pronoun may not be appropriate for formal or academic writing.” name=”Style/PersonalPronouninAcademicWriting/Informalpronouns/2064384″ patterndate=”1326904626000″ sentence=”Through the commonness, we have in you, use this blog to edify and build their lives with the rich calling you have for them.” style=”background-color: white; color: #191c1e; font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;”>you, use this blog to edify and build their lives with the rich calling You have for them. Amen.

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