February 26, 2009
I’m Breaking all the Rules
I’m trying to find my bloggy voice today.
I love to read blogs that sound real. I can picture the writer. I laugh with her, rejoice in her success, and empathize with her pain. If you visit other blogs, you know that there are a lot of really great writers out there.
My problem is that it is hard for me to drop some of my writing habits. Perhaps I’ve been a teacher for too long, but finding my bloggy voice has challenged the rule follower in me.
First Up: Contractions. What can I say? I’m a fan of contractions, but they don’t always make it into my writing. I’ve noticed that by writing out the contraction it makes me sound. . . uptight. Which I am not, ThankYouVeryMuch. Well, maybe a little.
Next: Creative punctuation and sentence structure. Right now my students are learning all of the comma rules. Yes, there are actual rules. Too many, in fact. But, in blog writing some of those rules are relaxed.
Making up the word bloggy. Not a problem.
A one sentence paragraph actually works in blogdom!
I’m breaking Standard English usage rules left and right! You know what I discovered? I like it. It is kind of freeing. Maybe blog writers understand that some rules are made to be broken.
Watch out world I’m livin’ on the edge today!