PACKAGING THE GENUINE

my weaknessOn another tangent, I adore the genuine. I love it when people are themselves, completely and totally. Yeah, that doesn’t mean, reveling in their weaknesses — shoving them in the world’s face and saying ‘Just accept me as I am, I’ll never change!”. I’m still trying to figure out what it means to be totally genuine. But, I think it means being honest. Even when trying to be flippant about your weaknesses, you know that you should be trying to be better.

I know there are particular ways to write online. You’re supposed to keep things short, use lots of pictures, and write in lists (10 Ways to Lose Weight, 5 Ways to Get More Energy). But, I really don’t care much about all that. Can’t I just write what I am passionate about? Trying to write within limits feels contrived to me.

meh poetryCourse, I felt the same way about poetry (& Twitter — ha!). I don’t want to fence my ideas into 8 lines, with a specific rhythm, and rhyming words! I don’t want to limit my thoughts to 40 characters!

But, as I get older, I realize that that’s just laziness. There’s no point in writing unless you are writing for someone to read it (unless that someone is yourself, I suppose). So, you need to write things so others will want to read it. So, if I want to convey an idea to someone, I have to speak their language. If I don’t use proper grammar and spelling, they won’t understand. If I don’t use techniques for online writing, no one will read what I’m trying to say. So, if done properly, it isn’t dishonest. It’s just packaging the genuine in a way that others can understand and appreciate.

I need to remember this when teaching my kids writing and grammar…

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