Sunday, September 20, 2009

In Defense of Bloghese ~ My Blog Voice

I love that my Dad reads my blog. He has even offered advice on occasion. I was particularly grateful for his advice on the "
When is it OK to Quit" dilemma. Recently my Dad addressed my writing in an email:

I follow your bantering blonde blog religiously, even though my English seems almost Elizabethan in comparison. I guess I could get into joggy bloggy if I tried, but it offends the hundreds of thousands of $ investment in my own and my children's education

Apparently, my blogging voice has caused a bit of anxiety for my poor Dad. I don't blame him. I flinch a bit as well when I go back and read some of my writings. Many of you have experienced first hand, my annoying obsession with editing everything I read. You are likely amused by the fact that I often abandon grammatical rules and resort to made up words and jargon. While I know that his email was written in jest, I'm not sure my Dad is as amused...

Sometimes I love to write and sometimes it just sucks huge. I have to write an awful lot of copy for my clients. My communications are very proper and professional. My blog is my sloppy silly alter-ego. It supports my professional existence even if I do write in, to quote my Dad's recently coined term, Bloghese. I like to have fun and when it is appropriate I let it all hang out.

"But it isn't your voice" my Dad would say. I was raised to speak properly. I do speak properly. In fact, I speak very well in front of large groups and I'm available, so give me a ring! Is it my voice? I think that it is. I may not always speak that way but those who know me (including my Dad whom I have inherited my humor from) know that I like to inject a bit of my dorky silliness into conversation.

Is it appropriate? Here? YES! I think so. I love the banter! I love the dialogue. I have such an awesome active following. People ask me all the time how I get ya'll to interact. I think it has a lot to do with the way I write and the dialogue that continues via email, twitter and comments.

What do you think? Will I regret my crazy writing someday? Will clients wonder who the heck they have working for them? Should my Dad be a guest blogger??? He's funny, say yes!! Come on Dad - what do ya say?


12 Responses to "In Defense of Bloghese ~ My Blog Voice"
  1. Anonymous said...
    September 21, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    I think that would be Fab! I wish you could capture his accent....maybe you should "interview" on one of your vlogs?

  2. Unknown said...
    September 21, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    I think it's great you have an outlet for that alter-ego through your blog! Don't change! And yes, have Dad guest blog, come on Dad say yes!

  3. Liz Mays said...
    September 21, 2009 at 5:57 AM

    Who wants to write all proper-like on our blogs? That's just no fun at all. Come on dad, bring it!

  4. Randi Troxell said...
    September 21, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    i think that you and this blog are fabulous! it's kinda like on my blog i feel like it's my home away from home where i feel comfy and can do as i like...

  5. Heatherlyn said...
    September 21, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Blogs convey emotions that cannot be constrained by "Elizabethan" English. It is OK to have fun and to make up words, and even to twist around the grammar to establish emotion.

    Writing is about communication. Not about a bunch of silly rules. The rules are supposed to help us communicate.

    I think it is OK for learned writers to "break" the writing rules on purpose if it helps them to communicate with their audience and in light of the writing's context.

  6. Lynn said...
    September 21, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad! Me thinks he should guest blog one day...and then you can go in and repost his blog in bloghese so the rest of us can understand it. ;o)

    My best, Lynn

  7. Coffee with Cathy said...
    September 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Love Lynn's idea! It could be a father/daugher blog-off!

  8. Jennifer said...
    September 22, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Your dad as a guest blogger?! WOO HOOOOO! YES!

    Your 'crazy' writing? I love it. :-)

  9. Cynthia said...
    September 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    I try to write like I's more fun that way:) Would love to see how to blog an accent...go Dad!

  10. ScrappinMichele said...
    October 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    I definitely have a more informal voice when i write for my blog which is different than my formal public speaking voice.

  11. Knit Purl Gurl said...
    October 4, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    I would love to see a guest post by your dad. I love that you know your own voice and are not afraid to use it. I think we all have different voices in different arenas so it's not shocking that you write in one way for your clients and another on your blog. BTW - Luv your sense of humor and silliness!

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