Read Other Reviews First!Aug 19, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
Before I write an opinion, I make sure that I read a number of other reviews in the section. I find this most paramount to writing a successful review, especially when it comes to those editorial sections. This can avoid people having to inform you that your argument is flawed as per someone else's opinion and it allows you to get a feel for other people's opinions and reasons before committing to yours.
For example, I have found that in the "homeschooling" forum, the exact same arguments have been submitted more than 50 times but if you follow the forum, these arguments have been proven incorrect with statistical information and evidence. If people read prior posts, they would have seen that to offer any new information, they would have to provide some counter-evidence. When people do this, it just forces people to make comments to the effect of "this has already been covered in another opinion" or "how many times to I need to repeat myself" etc. Submitting Opinions without having read prior posts just leads to low recommendations and abusive comments.
If you find that numerous people have said the same things that you wanted to say and your opinion will only vary in writing style, you may want to consider adding to other people's opinions. For example, "blabla said this, I share this view because.... yata yata yata". Make sure you add something that hasn't already been said ad noisome.
There is nothing more frustrating than reading a new opinion that says the same as numerous others or provides the same incorrect information (that has already been rebutted) as many others.
In short, it is important to read as many posts as you possibly can in the section under which you are about to write. It, not only gives you more ideas on what to write but it prevent others boredom and patronizing comments. If you are particularly clear in your views, reading other opinions may change your views.
It is most important to read up on as much information as possible before writing. This includes looking at websites which debate BOTH sides (preferably incorporating some factual or referenced information) and reading other opinions which debate both sides of the argument. Pretend you are an unbiased Judge with evidence being submitted to you from Counsellors. You have to take into account all of the evidence presented and apply some common sense. Only once you have done this, should you begin your writing. If you fail to do research, it shows up in your editorial and does nothing for your credibility. At best, it will earn you a few "NR's" and some unfavourable comments.
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