Repost: I am a Blog Snob
Don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a little football going on today. In Green Bay, it’s like a national holiday. As such, I won’t be on the computer much today, so I refer you to my Favorite Sites and thought I’d repost something that has come up in conversation with friends and fellow bloggers this week. This is an article I wrote in April 2011.
I just spent a good 2+ hours reading ALL the blogs I subscribe to with an RSS feed and also checking Facebook. And I just have to say how utterly frustrated I am.
You see, apparently I’m a Blog Snob. This goes beyond my distaste for Blog Spam, this has to do with simple constructs of the English language. Things I have seen today:
- “Anyways” is not a word
- “Alright” isn’t, either
- “That being said” is one of the most overused phrases in the world; what’s wrong with using the word “However“?
- Starting every post with “So, blah de blah de blah” is lazy. I try to write conversationally, but you’re not actually having a conversation.
- Speaking of which, not knowing the difference between your and you’re as well as their, they’re and there drives me nuts, too
- Not EVERY coupon and deal post is *HOT* or in need of multiple exclamation points !!!! I actually get anxious reading those blogs and websites. Some put these on every post they write. These are the ones I usually categorize as Blog Spam and I do not read them on a regular basis for this very fact. Every time I think I’ve weeded these out from my reading list, another makes their way in as I “try it out” for a few weeks to see if there’s anything interesting I could use.
- I don’t know about you, but I won’t encourage you to “snag” any deal, either.
I realize that not every blogger/writer of the money-saving sites is a professional, but they should have a basic grasp of language and grammar. The way I see it, if you want people to take you seriously, you better learn to write correctly. It’s not enough to find the deals, you have to know how to tell people, too. When I see stuff like the above-mentioned (and believe me, that’s a SMALL list of what I came across today), I am less inclined to take that writer and their deal seriously.
I realize that it might not matter to you, the reader, but it matters to me. Just like the controversy over decoding UPC codes on TLC’s Extreme Couponing put ALL couponers under the microscope last week, writing poorly is one of the reasons many call us “Mommy Bloggers”, and not in a positive way.
There are plenty of great websites out there that do it right so I don’t mean to paint everyone in a bad light. But like I said, you read enough of them and the same mistakes keep being made.
Anyway (the correct form of the word)… rant over. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.