A late in the day pondering, possibly not hugely interesting but worth pondering, I feel.
I recently read a very bitter editorial by a woman journalist who was bemoaning that the craft of good journalism was being diluted by people like myself who blog.
She claimed we were “flooding the world of the written word, with bad grammar and poor punctuation.”
Maybe she was having a bad day but that comment seems counter intuitive to a profession that holds on tight to the right of free speech.
There are some professions whose job of work is quite rightly protected by law. So that amateurs, people without formal training and qualifications cannot do the thing in question.
Writing is not one of those occupations. But her pithy article made me think, ponder if you will. I am all too aware that my punctuation and grammar can be hit and miss at times. I am comfortable with this, I realise. For the most part nobody has paid me to write so I have only rarely stolen work from ‘real’ journalists. My cranky punctuation and grammar are my written voice. Just as my actual voice is not perfect, neither is my written one.
I am comfortable with my writing peculiarities, not necessarily proud of them, could do better, of course.Thank you, anonymous journalist for pricking my conscience on a Sunday. It was a brief and productive ponder.
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that looks incredibly delicious. and I agree with you about blogging and writing in general. unless we are being paid to write a certain way, and agree to it, we should be free to express ourselves using language in the ways we choose, with all of the bumps and wrinkles.
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