The Language of Blogs

By: Virginia Bola, Psyd

I read over a lot of blogs each week, casually surfing one ortwo of the blog exchanges I belong.

I realized yesterday that I seldom read the whole entry unlessit's very short. Many are quite uncomfortable to read, somedownright excruciating, in terms of their grammatical skills,spelling, and style. Because it is such an immediate andoff-the-cuff personal expression, do the standard language rulesapply?

The conversational nature of a blog leads naturally to aninformal, casual approach that can be refreshing and innovative,indirectly echoing some of the great writers of the past whoused dialect and local expressions to vitalize their work.

It is unfortunate that so many who write don't understand basiclanguage rules so cannot effectively break them. When it takesmajor time and effort to understand what on earth the writer istrying to say, rather than being able to appreciate the contentand point of view being expressed, it becomes merely an exercisein frustration.

The beauty, and ultimate value of blogging, is thatcommunication is direct, individual, and uncensored. No editorwith an eye on public opinion or potential legal consequences iscutting out whole paragraphs in fear they will offend. There isno filter applied by conservative management or the need forcommittee consensus prior to publication.

However, those of us who publish our thoughts and opinions tothe world do have one big responsibility: to our readers. Wecan, happily, say anything we want but need to clearlycommunicate our point of view.

Anything less demeans the value of this wonderful new medium andleads to millions of electronic pages that fail to unite us incommunity, as is our goal, but merely consumes virtual spacelike the incoherent ramblings of a lonely psychotic

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