I have a big advantage over many bloggers, not all but many, including Active Rain bloggers among others. My advantage: I know that I am stupid.
Now let's have some fun at my expense. I am suspending my privilege to remove responses from this blog that are unfavorable to me with the only exception being foul language. You may respond to this blog with any kind of comment including personal attack and any type of correction or objection or mitigation that comes to your mind with the only exception being the use of foul language. Personally I would be able to manage the foul language but I want to protect two personalities; those that may be offended and the guilty.
My stupidly: I am dyslectic so I often mix up words, letters and numbers. In addition I have trouble with confusing vowel sounds. Therefore I am prone to misspelling and I read slowly. In addition there are large amounts of subject material that I only understand enough to be dangerous. I am plagued with a lineal thinking brain and upon hearing or reading a statement I will automatically question if the inverse is true or does that statement support or refute earlier statements. I am a slave to the belief that words have meanings, there are rules of grammar and punctuation (even with some liberties) in order to effectively communicate the meaning intended.
My issues are, as stupid as I am, while I am aware of the many bloggers who do not appear to have a clue of what they are talking about or the vocabulary to select the meaningful words to communicate their apparent meanings or to spell and punctuate correctly should anyone give them serious thought. What got me on this tirade this morning was I read a member's blog (member to go unnamed) that was downright foolish. I read many other posts of this member to see if the foolishness and poor writing was peculiar to the first blog I read or was it frequent. Unfortunately it was frequent. The thought occurred to me if this is evidence of this blogger's abilities with written communications is this blogger a danger to clients? Does this agent have any concept of what real estate documents say or mean?
Please consider the following questions:.
Should respondents to blogs and other posts to blogs be allowed to point out errors of English grammar etc., logic and evidence omitted without being accused of personal attack? My thought is if no corrections are offered the writer may never learn. After all they wrote what they wrote without catching the errors or they did not care about the errors. Of course there is the possibility that the writer making the correction is incorrect and therefore needs to be corrected.
Should respondents to blogs and other posts to blogs remain silent? Public criticism may be of assistance to some to learn but it also may severely dampen expression.
Is the greater goal of blogging the free unfettered expression? The cost of bad information or poor writing must be endured without hurting the feelings of the writer.
How much harm would be done if blogging were curtailed due to fear of being criticized? Maybe none or limited only to the loss of the writer to vent.
So back to my advantage that I know I am stupid. Because I know that I am stupid I will take my stupidity into account before I blog or post and therefore refrain if I have not checked out my thoughts. My perceived advantage is I will be foolish less often and may even learn something when I check out my thoughts before posting. Is this post an exception?