Can a Bad Writer be a Good Blogger?
July 19, 2010 § 18 Comments
This week’s email from Gotham Writer’s Workshop brought a blurb for a new book – The Accidents of Style, Good Advice on How to Not Write Badly. So far, so good, I think, and start to enter the contest to win a copy. Then I read this “informative excerpt:”
A Note to the Reader
Accident 10: Confusion between your and you’re
Accident 79: Don’t use in my humble opinion
Accident 139: Don’t use unique to mean “unusual,” “special,” or “exceptional”
Accident 309: Avoid the cutesy well
Accident 336: Don’t confuse sensuous and sensual
Note Accident 309: Avoid the cutesy well. Damn. I use the cutesy well a lot in my blogging. So, now I’m wondering if so is also cutesy and if the way people use language in blogging should follow the same rule set as other writing. But this leads me to some uncomfortable possibilities:
1) If we don’t follow these rules, that means blogging should not be confused with real writing and
2) If we follow these rules, using a conversational voice is not good blogging.
I don’t like either of these options. I want to be me, dammit. Wells and all. Tell me, do you use wells and sos and other conversational connectors? And if you don’t, do you find them irritating?