"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."

Henry Ellis

November 10, 2007

Blogging rules

So I have been reading some new blogs, and I have found it interesting to see different points of view, comments, and how individuals write about them. Bag Blog and I were commenting on the use of bad language, which I have also commented on concerning the mouth of my own child. It doesn't bother me, but I guess I made a decision early on to try and not use it in my own blog. I do sometimes swear like a sailor( I wonder where my son gets it), but it is weird, I feel uncomfortable putting it in print. It won't discourage me from reading it in another blog, just doesn't work for me. I love Boobs, Injuries and Dr. Pepper, but it is funny coming from her blog. Some people can get away with it and some can't.. I do believe the blog world gives you a forum to write what you feel, and express it in a written form that works for you. Keep expressing yourself and we will either read it....... or not.....

5 comments:

Bag Blog said...

I agree. The blog world does give you a forum to write as you want. Personally, I feel a responsibility to watch my language because many of my readers are my students or my mom or her friends. In fact, I have tried to take cussing out of my oral language as well, but sometimes I fail at that one. My pet word is "ass" and I know people who are horrified when I use it. I tell them that technically it is only a three letter word and not like the dreaded four letter words (and get over it). Generally, if I use a cuss word, then you know I am mad. If I use the f-word, then I am close to violence. Some people use the f-word constantly. To me, it looses its power and meaning if over-used. It also seems childish to use the f-word over and over - like you have no other vocabulary. I don't want anyone to "police my blog" and I do not want to police their's. As you said, people may write what they want, and I will read it or not.

A soldier's wife..... said...

Shelly,

I agree with bag....on this. Unfortunately I do have to admit that on occasion I do use colorful language to stress points of anger...but its not something I do when discussing the weather of the day.

It is not a habit I want my children to get into and one I would really like to amend as best I could, but it is what it is....

I do not make a habit of using it in my blogs but I am not offended by someone else's use, it's my choice to continue to read things on the internet, free world and free speech and all.....free to click off the site too.....

Even with my use of 4-letter words, I do not call anyone names, ever! I never direct any 4 letter word at anyone, I use them as descriptive terms....there is a difference, but unfortunately there a huge amount of ignorance in seeing that difference with most people. They hear the word and that is it, they plead offense, the conversation ends and it then becomes all about them and their offense to the word you used. They begin their ascent to the high horse and preach about how they don't use that language, blah blah blah, at that point I have stopped listening to them mostly because they have made it all about themselves....about their being offended instead of about the topic...I often hear that voice in my head saying "GET OVER IT" but I just stand there, blank look on my face.......

The world really does need to stop censoring everyone else.....it needs to take a hard look at itself and it's own house before worrying over the words other's use.....those that like to "police" the blogsphere I'm sure have other things in their own lives that need addressing.....everyone's a hypocrite to some degree.....but like everything else, that is my inside voice once again stating what I usually keep to myself :D

~asw

Buck Pennington said...

Interesting topic. I try to keep EIP at a PG level when it comes to language, but only because my grandkids may read me... and my ten year old son, too. But in the end, the emphasis is on try. I'm not always successful, especially when I'm quoting other folks, and more especially when those other folks happen to be Lefty political blogs.

And I use a lot of euphemisms for "the real thing," too. Makes the point, without...um... actually MAKING the point, if you get my drift.

Now...subject matter is quite another story. I'm thinking I need another blog where I can tell some of the war stories that are screaming to get out, but are so politically INcorrect as to be impossible to relate at EIP. And, if and when it ever happens, I would blog using a nom de plume. To protect the innocent, of course. ;-)

Shelly said...

Lou,
remind me never to get you that mad...Great observations as always. Lou did you see the comment from Requiem concering our comments to each other.. I don't think he had to explain, again his blog..

ASW,
I am with both you and Lou, I don't want to be policed and I don't want to police.

Buck,
Those stories would be priceless, you have my vote on a story blog...

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