Online Spelling Improves
It's my contention that blogs are a form of writing. (It's my intention to exploit this form of writing for fun and profit, if possible.) What I don't ascribe to is the apparent notion by many other bloggers that spelling and punctuation are unimportant in this format. Admittedly, I know of no other blogger who is as antique as I, however, that's no excuse for not even using a spell checking program or feature on entries. I feel certain it would catch "ever" spelled "evar" and the confabulation of "purpose" and "proposing" into "purposing". Why do these people expect to be taken seriously? How do they expect to find employment? Am I seriously out of touch with the real world? (July 15, 2004)As the flood of blogs gained volume, the quality of writing in them has gradually improved. Even beginners are now cognizant of a necessity to write English more correctly. Twitter may degrade us a bit, forcing compression and tempting us to abbreviate and drop articles (an, a, the), but I feel that the cliché-ridden tide has turned.
Blogging itself has matured into an accepted form of journalism (and advertising, marketing propaganda, disinformation and public relations tools). Last night, participants in a Twitter chat learned that in some Middle East countries, bloggers are more respected sources of information than traditional media. Also, the founder of MideastYouth.com, Esra'a Al Shafei, explained that Western bloggers' opinions influence some ME governments who only care about their images, not necessarily about their citizens' welfare.