Monday, December 24, 2007

Bloggers with Crayons

Awwwwww, isn't that cute?! NPR's Blogs Celebrate 10th Anniversary fairly drools cleverness. Click Listen Now there to revel in wee in-jokes and such tiny tricks as fast-forwarding their own interviews. He he he.

There will be several more Digital Culture shows on the subject this week, notably Christmas Day's. Meanwhile, the related page has:
However, my ears' present should come tomorrow. NPR promises a report on a journalist who scoured tons of blogs looking for (drum roll...) good writing!

I have long and repeatedly decried the poor literary quality, the unmemorable phrasing and near illiteracy of blogs.

Many of us are quick to excuse our muddled messages and turgid writing. We're hurrying. Our thoughts are much more important than their expression. The newish medium has new rules. No one looks to blogs for or as literature (self-fulfilling, eh?).

In the next few days, I'll post my own examples of good writing in blogs. Meanwhile, all of us bloggers should get with the program. My readers here, at Harrumph!, and Left Ahead! deserve clear, crafted and even amusing posts.

Get with the program!

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