You may have seen my guest essay, in which I did some flogging on blogging and wrogging, in the op-ed section of the Democrat and Chronicle on March 27.
If you’ve been following the discussion here the past couple weeks—particularly the one surrounding my March 17 post, “Writing vs. blogging: Why they’re not the same thing”—it’s easy to discern the inspiration for my D&C essay, where I advocated for higher-quality writing on blogs (and introduced a new word—wrogging—that was originally coined on this blog).
Here are some follow-up remarks on the topic:
“I heartily agree with you about the sloppy nature of many blogs. . . . I strive to always use good writing technique.”
From Bruce Musgrave, my ninth-grade English teacher at Brighton High School (in whose class I not only learned about good writing, but also realized—perhaps for the first time—that I could write well); Bruce offers a particularly apt writing-blogging analogy:
“I really liked your piece on blogs, and especially the notions on the abuses of brain-dumping and your coinage of wrogging. Another analogy springs to mind for me—doodling versus careful drawing. I think I want to see the doodling of only someone like Picasso.”
“I love it! Wrogging.”
Thanks, also, to many of my RIT colleagues for their comments and compliments about my essay. My graduate adviser, Rudy Pugliese, said it reminded him of the scolding tone of his high school English teachers. (Sorry, Rudy ;~)
Karen Black, director of media relations for NTID, wrote:
“Your editorial is fabulous! Great picture, too! I do hope you’re sending your mom at least 10 copies so she can show you off in Florida!”
Thanks, Karen. I’ll only add that my mom, at 80 years old, reads her e-mail daily—so I’ve sent her a link, instead! :~)