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August 08, 2010


Elaine, Thanks for this list. I like to write, but I'll take a hard look at what I'm doing. I also cringe when I read/ hear veggies, or fridge.

A very helpful essay! Especially because I write in a language which is not my mother language. I hereby promise
-- to find out what is my topic in order to be off-topic with no more than every 5th posting,
-- to check my spelling even more attentively
-- generally, to remember all the advice you gave.

About the passive language: It may be interesting to hear that in the old East Germany people applied a passive language very often or used the generalizing phrase (Ger.) "man" meaning "everyone". This method had the purpose of avoiding sentences which could be quoted maliciously and identify the speaker and his/her intention. You could clearly see the result of dictatorship in every day life.
Bloggers tend to the opposite extreme: The dictatorship of being nice. Some sugar on each and every dish.
Well, some honest and positive criticism is desirable, I guess. The fear from offending someone expresses that whenever I get hurt, it is someone else's fault.
I can imagine a different attitude: it is my fault if I feel hurt by honest, positive criticism.
On my blog, I encourage my readers to express critical ideas as well. They rarely do. But if they do, it seems to have a liberating effect.

By the way, I very much appreciate your essay on Jude Hill in Handeye.

Good tips Elaine. I'm with you in the Impact as a verb comment.

I wonder sometimes if people read what they've written before posting it. Sometimes I'm sure they can't have.

Very welcome criticism and guidance. After a year and a half of writing a blog, I am starting to realize that is what I like about it - the writing! So much of the new applications are NOT about writing - just about putting out short comments such as this :) Here's to really exploring and developing an idea through words.

I enjoyed this post, Elaine, thank you.
My pet peeves: 'lol' and the aberrant apostrophe. I see it all the time.

I am having a very interesting summer - said with a bit of a sigh. Between drought and deer the garden is a challenge this year. But my textile work continue to deepen and evolve - I have been offering mending services on a treadle sewing machine at our weekly farmer's market, as well as making quilts and art. Your writing continues to inspire me.
Best wishes to you.

AMEN! A poorly written blog sends me searching, post haste, for the X button and then, hitting it.
As to using "impact" as a verb, that always brings Ex-Lax to mind.
This is a really good post, full of useful information.

Dear Heather, how are you? Thanks for your comment - yes, still on a mission to reduce exclamation-point overpopulation ~ though I've also learned that they can soften my tone in e-mails. And for the record, the wonderful editor who sits next to me at work thinks it's really okay to use impact as a verb. Thanks for your good wishes, are you having a lovely summer?

Thank you for this. I remember that, quite a while ago, you made a comment about exclamation marks that I remember every time I go to use one.
My current pet peeve is that no one seems to know the difference between affect and effect anymore.

P.S. Hope your summer cold is long gone.

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