When you (student), were younger, did you ever wonder what your mum (teacher), was putting in the gravy to make it thicken? Did you ever see the mixture go from quite weak to quite strong? And when you poured out the gravy, did you notice what a fantastic difference it made to the meal? Did anybody come back for more, just add that little bit of something?
Look at the image above. Does it remind you of anything? To me, this is what content looks like before we decide what we are going to write about, and if we are not careful, this is what is going to be put into your next post and whoever views it is going to take one taste and decide it’s not the bowl they want to eat out of, a little like Goldilocks, but with a thesaurus in her hand.
Now going back to the gravy. The difference between creating the gravy mixture with the correct amount of cornflour (grammar, spelling, comprehension, literature, language, punctuation, style, flow), is that to make the gravy look and taste good it needs to have the right mixture and consistency. This is done by years of learning how to blend just enough of the cornflour. Too little and it washes away the food, too much, and it comes out as a blob and just sits on your plate.
We should all have taken notice of how the teacher creates the gravy, and as the student, we should have taken notes on how to get the right blend. It’s not all over of course, there are plenty of mealtimes left. We just need to go away, try blending, learn more about the ingredients, re-blend and then re-taste. So before we serve our next gravy dish, we are confident that what is poured out of the gravy jug is going to make the starving hoards lick out the jug.