I was doing what I usually do on the weekends, browsing new blog posts and enjoying the writing of others. I discovered right away that I have a short attention span or a bit of intolerance for certain things. We all have pet peeves, right? This is something I hadn’t really noticed before, or hadn’t classified it as a pet peeve, so it was an interesting revelation.
I am a firm believer in writing what you want how you want. However, I discovered I have an intense dislike of profanity and/or ‘four letter’ words. I might be enjoying a post, relishing in their ability to articulate a thought and craft a sentence when BAM! I am hit by an F-bomb or another such word that just attacked me from the page. I can understand anger and the desire to express that or the need to show extreme frustration, but when I get slapped in the face with a sudden off-color word or expression, I close the page, back up and start reading someone else’s blog post. I not saying don’t continue to do what you do, but realize there might be someone out there that will miss out on your talented verbosity because of the injection of an objectionable word or phrase.
When I read a blog, I like to see how others put together sentences, how they express their thoughts and enjoy finding that bit of tongue in cheek humor that sneaks in. I read to learn something, but ultimately, I am there to be entertained. When I read a couple of sentences back to back with typos, left out letters, or grammar errors, I get a little irritated and quit reading. If you are putting yourself into the universe for anyone to see,don’t forget to take the time to proofread your work. I understand the occasional typo, or when you hit submit before you’re ready, but OMG incomplete words, grammar errors and spelling errors really turn me off. You might think it doesn’t matter, but sometimes what comes across on the page labels you as illiterate or at least incompetent. Of course, now that I’ve written this, I will have to read my own blog with a fine tooth comb to make sure there is not a glaring typo included! (There is nothing quite like following a rant with an example of that very thing.)
Just don’t forget that it isn’t just your friends and family reading your blog. I like to censor myself a little. If I don’t think my pastor, my mother or my coworkers would appreciate what I have to say, maybe I should reword it a bit. Whew! I’m getting off the soap box for now. See you next time. The journey continues…