Spillly with 3 Ls

its. ok. (Writers Vs Bloggers Vs Content Vs Delivery)

Posted on August 16th, by spillly in Motivation, Social Media, Twitter. 3 comments

Being a ginger, you may be surprised that I even have friends, but I do. Some of these friends are well educated “journo” types and either make a living writing or editing the written word.

As my confidence has increased with writing on my blog, the more criticism I have received for my poor grammar, spelling and layout. I have no formal training and barely passed my matric English writing exam, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts with the few people that read my scribbles. My grammar leaves a lot to be desired. I have never claimed the title of writer, or blogger for that matter, and recognize the art of writing when I see it done well and substantially better than I could do. The amount of time & dedication that professional writers put into all their work is admirable but here is where I want to make my point…

The average literate person, who reads all levels of written content, does not appreciate the subtleties that are woven into the work they read. They, like myself, don’t necessarily see the grammatical errors or note the missed apostrophe every now and then and most importantly, they don’t really care.

Now I’m not saying for a second, that the work isn’t better and easier to read if its done by the book, but I do believe that sometimes the story is more important than the way it’s delivered.

I write the way I talk. Short bullet points of content. My brain farts out ideas and I type them furiously. When I have something to say, I want to say it now and not let it stew while I rework it, day after day, before pushing the send button.

Thanks for taking two minutes, but if you want to help, maybe point out the mistakes I have made above and comment below.

Love, light & punctuation.

3 responses to “its. ok. (Writers Vs Bloggers Vs Content Vs Delivery)”

  1. Roy Blumenthal says:

    I agree, @Spillly. Grammar errors USED TO mean something. But the world has moved on. And today’s ‘errors’ are part of a living, changing language. If anyone’s ever read Chaucer in the original, it’s hardly recognisable as English. Shakespeare’s English is miles away from today’s English.

    I USED TO BE a Grammar Nazi. Because I made my living as a wordsmith. Now, I’m in the communication business. And all that matters is this: ‘Do I understand the point this dude is trying to make?’

    We live in a multi-lingual world. With literally DOZENS of languages. The ‘perfection’ of BBC accents and grammar are relics from an era when it meant something to sound a certain way. That’s long gone. Moving on.

  2. Roy Blumenthal says:

    There IS, however, a correction you NEED to make… There is no apostrophe on ‘3 Ls’. Apostrophes are for contractions and possessives, not for plurals. The reason I say you NEED to change it is that it’s part of your external branding. People DO judge.

  3. Well you could have fooled me on this one. I found this pretty perfect, to my not so perfect, grasp of the English language…nothing offensive to my eye. B, you write from the heart, beautifully. Just keep writing, I love reading you, actually that’s it, I read you, not your English!!

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