This is one of those blogger issues that I think a lot of us are on the fence about as a blogger but not so much as a reader. I've seen a lot of negative comments and tweets recently about too many explanation points and bad mom blog grammar so I thought it would be a good one to bring up. Explanation marks and when too many is too many (among other grammar issues). Are bloggers immune to good grammar?
As a mom... most of my conversations are either excited or yelling. More so, I'd like to think, than a normal person talking. For example:
- Mommy's cell phone doesn't go in the toilet!!!
- No you can't craigslist your sister!!!
- Yay, you went potty on the potty!!!
- Really? Why do we have so many kids!!!
So many events warrant multiple explanation marks and it just feels natural to add a few extra when your writing about them. Moms deserve a few extra, right? I've heard many people say that when it's a blog, normal rules don't apply. On the other hand, I've heard that a reader is a reader and we all read using the same rules.
Yes, we do but here comes the BIG BUTT. It can get distracting. Bad grammar can lose or confuse a reader fast. I learned this by visiting thousands of blogs and not by my own stellar grammar skills (which are far from stellar).
Sometimes you have to break the rules to create your own voice and tone for your blog. Get creative and break the mold but that doesn't mean you have to throw out good grammar. Take the time to proofread your blog before you hit publish. Maybe look up (a.k.a Google) some basics from time to time and you will find that not only are you improving your writing skills, you're improving your readers experience.