Blogging Insights — Reformed Grammar Nazi

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week, quoting author Ruth Rendell, Tanya wants to know if we are grammar Nazis.

“What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar.”

When I was in elementary (aka grammar) school, I spent a lot of time diagramming sentences. Grammar rules, proper punctuation, and correct use were emphasized. As a result, I grew up with much the same attitude that Ruth Rendell expressed. It drove me nuts to encounter grammar, punctuation, and usage errors. I used to get really annoyed and would actually stop reading anything that displayed poor grammar. I thought that there was simply no excuse for such errors, especially when I found them in published works where, presumably, an editor, or at least a proof reader, was involved before publication.

I will admit that I have mellowed quite a bit vis-à-vis poor grammar. While it still bothers me when I come across blatant grammar, punctuation, or usage errors, I try, like the proverbial duck, to let them roll off my back.

That said, if a blogger’s posts are regularly filled with grammatical errors, incorrect punctuation, or inappropriate usage, I will likely stop reading his or her posts. Especially if he or she uses an apostrophe to make a word plural.

Blogging Insights — Brighter and More Pleasant

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week Tanya has, once again, quoted Stephen King…

“Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done. It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”

When Tanya quoted Stephen King in last week’s edition of Blogging Insights, I didn’t totally agree with the King quote she offered up. But this week I am 100% with him. Writing — or, specifically for me, blogging — does make my life brighter and more pleasant.

I enjoy writing and expressing my thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in my posts. I also enjoy exercising my imagination by creating short, flash fiction posts. And I love hearing from those of you who read, like, and comment on my posts.

So yes. Most definitely brighter and more pleasant.

Blogging Insights — Days Are Numbered

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week Tanya has quoted Stephen King…

“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

This quote reminds me of the old saying, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” Many of us bloggers express our thoughts, feelings, observations, opinions, and personal perspectives in our posts. Almost by definition, not all of our readers will agree with what we have expressed. Some might even take offense at what we wrote. That’s expected, especially given how fractured our world is today.

That said, I don’t think that truthfully expressing your thoughts and feelings about something results in no longer being a member of “polite society.” However, when it comes to comments people make on more “controversial” posts, polite society sometimes goes off the rails.

I try — albeit not always successfully — to avoid getting sucked into the vortex of negativity and nastiness when I comment on another’s post or when responding to comments others made on my post. I believe we can disagree with someone else’s opinion or perspective without being an asshole about it.

So bottom line, I don’t totally agree with Stephen King on this particular sentiment.

Blogging Insights — Do the Math

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Except today’s quote has nothing to do with blogging or writing.

“Did you know that 1980 and 2021 are as far apart as 1980 and 1939?”

It’s all about math and the median, which is the middle number in a sorted, ascending or descending, list of numbers. For this exercise, your age is the median number. Just take your birth year and subtract your age from your birth year to find the distance applicable to you.

The older you are, the more dramatic the difference. For an old fart like me, my birth year serves as the median number between 2021 and 1871.

Blogging Insights — Make My Day

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Here’s this week’s quote.

“One small positive blog post in the morning can change your whole day.”

My morning routine generally includes reading the posts that bloggers I follow posted overnight while I was sleeping, reading my newsfeed on my iPhone, and perusing my local morning paper.

The sad news is that much of what I read during my morning routine is upsetting, frustrating, and maddening. If someone does post a humorous or positive post, I may get a brief smile on my face or maybe even a chuckle, but that doesn’t last long when it’s in the middle of a sea of depressing stories.

“One small positive blog post” in a morning filled with mostly bad, negative news gets lost in the shuffle. So I’d say my analysis of Tanya’s quote for today is that reading such a post doesn’t exactly change or make my day.