According to Paul Levinson, there are certain characteristics of online writing that make it different from any form of writing previously used.
  • It can reach anyone with internet, anywhere.
  • Writers can blog about any topic they want, for as long as they want. The permanence of new media is revolutionary. For instance a YouTube video can remain online for as long as the host is willing to show it, whereas an antiquated radio broadcast is gone once the speaker ceases to talk.
  • Commenting allows breaking of the fourth wall and invites interaction into the media. In addition, as opposed to a public forum where an opinion is made and cannot be redacted, comment moderation allows for the blog writer to remove any unsavory or unwanted comments.
  • Commenters can also serve as proofreaders.
  • This last point is important because in most cases, bloggers do not have editors looking over their shoulders to catch mistakes.
  • In the event that a mistake is caught after publication, however, the blogger can go in and fix the errors any future readers might see.
  • Along the same lines of ease of editing is the idea that online content is malleable and never a finished product. This of course includes fixing errors, but it also includes adding or rearranging content. This video from a few years ago, though not explicitly about writing, deal with this issue and the malleability of Web 2.0 content, and is especially relevant to this in the beginning. It's a must watch:
  • This article gives one person's idea of what "The 10 Commandments of Internet Writing." are. This article was written by one of the first internet journalists in Canada.