It’s day 25 on this here blog challenge and the fact that we’ve managed to keep this gig up surprises no one more than us. Now that we’re in the home stretch, we’ve made a few observations and thought it appropriate to share.
- While we’ve enjoyed posting every day, we’ve feel that overall posting quality has gone down. The classic quantity versus quality debate, if you will. On the contrary, (oh how British of us to use that phrase!) writing often = practice, practice, practice. Practice naturally provides one with a solid foundation and hones in those blogging skills.
All of that official analysis leads us to the obvious conclusion that while perhaps posting every day benefits us slightly less, clearly posting more than once a month benefits us far, far more. Somewhere between every day and once a month lies a happy medium. We just need to find it.
- I am officially banning all forms of the verb “to be” from my writing. Starting right after that last sentence. (This means you have permission to nit pick in the comments.)
- Same ban goes for passive voice!
- However, clichés shall stay. It’s all about moderation folks. Maybe they’ll get the boot later. (Dorky Joke Alert!) But for now, me thinks their use outweighs their writing taboo.
- Currently, I’m re-reading the final Harry Potter book so that I can see the film before it leaves the theatres. That has nothing to do with this post, but I just wanted to share anyways. So Fun!!!
- After much thought, and struggle over those last few bullet points, I have decided to use the verb “to be” sparingly in exchange for clichés. It turns out words like “is,” “am” and “are” are, in fact, very useful. Much more useful than clichés.
So I swaps ‘dem.
- Here’s another writing related bullet for you Dear Reader. There has been a great debate lately here at Peaches & Curry headquarters over proper sentence spacing and the Oxford Comma.
Somanna preaches the old school double space after each sentence. I say one space, courtesy of my loyalty to the AP Stylebook. Somanna also supports the Oxford Comma, which I actually grew using but later abandoned during my college newspaper writing days, again courtesy of AP Style.
What say you on these critical and urgent matters of grammar?
Lastly, should grammar debates not elicit an impassioned argument on your part (because you actually have a life, unlike us) what have you enjoyed (or not enjoyed) about our 30 day adventure so far?
We welcome overflowing praise and constructive criticism, graciously. Snarkiness and the like you can check at the door.
It is the holiday season after all. Santa can still dole out lumps of coal you know.
Happy Friday Y’all!