Poor writing style, like bad manners, makes someone appear less intelligent than they are. Writing style, like manners, can be learned in many ways. Reading and writing a lot is the first step. Having people critique your writing is probably the next best thing. There are many basic writing mistakes that people make, which can easily be avoided by being aware of them.
I have never been a great writer and I am self-concious about my writing style. If you are serious about your blogging, I think that time spent polishing your writing style is well worth the investment.
My favorite reference is the Chicago Manual of Style.
Some web pages:
- George Orwell : Politics and the English Language
- Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)
- The Economist Magazine's Style Guide
- rebecca blood's ten tips for a better weblog
Special thanks to my editors on #joiito.