Someone once told me the reason people use profanity is they don’t have a large enough vocabulary to choose another word.
I don’t know if that’s true; but for me, profanity has no place in our blog posts. It has little to do with my faith and much more to do with writing style and etiquette. When I see profanity in a blog post, it usually indicates to me the writer wants to use it to express anger or resentment or disappointment/frustration.
It also shows me the writer has little or no respect for their readers. Some readers might not care. If you put off even one reader with your profanity, however, is that to your credit or your detriment? Does your profanity embellish your descriptions? Does it help express your emotion in your post? Are you telling your readers that, as a writer, you can’t find a more civil, courteous, effective way of expressing emotions?
Each of us, as writers, wanting to communicate with others, will decide each time we post how we’re going to say what we want to say. Are we considering our readers when we write? We can write with, or without, using profanity. One way reflects a writer who wants to improve their craft and communicate with all readers effectively and with consideration.
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As a former newspaper reporter, editor and ad copywriter and English teacher, I edit often and meticulously. I want everything I write to be grammatically correct and easy to read. As a reporter, I had editors combing my stories and handing them back often for correcting and/or rewriting. As an editor, I had to comb the stories of those who wrote for me. My boss in the ad agency was a perfectionist, not just for the grammar but for the style and tone of the ads I wrote for our clients.
All I learned hung with me. As a blogger, I make the effort to maintain the same writing and editing standards for my blog posts. I’ve edited this piece four times already. And I’ve been editing along as I write.
There’s a bit of a downside to this. As I’m reading other blog posts, I edit in my head. I can spot subject-verb agreement errors (the worst errors) from three paragraphs away.
I never call other writers out for their grammar guffaws; and I don’t correct any guest blogger’s writing.
Am I anal retentive about my writing? I suppose I am. But hopefully my posts will be relatively error free and written in a simple, friendly style readers enjoy.
Seriously, I’d like to read your feedback about your proofreading and editing habits.
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I have published an article in which I give advices on how to write a Master’s thesis.
I’d love to hear your advices on the writing but also your comments if you too have finished your thesis.
I’ve discovered these online free courses put together by some of the best universities around the world. The courses are about 2-3 hours of study per week and they last between 2 and 8 weeks, depending on the course. The topics are really varied and they go from business management to advertising or arts production, etc.
If you want to know more about it, check out my blog post: https://sevenstepsatatime.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/knowledge-is-power-study-for-free-with-futurelearn/
I’m very fond of education and I believe that it should be free so I’ll share many more articles on this topic. I personally have enrolled in the course Social Media – why we post? that starts on the 23rd of June. Let me know if you want to join in and we can study together 🙂
Cheers for reading.