"Blogging encourages bad writing."
Now, I was highly disconcerted for a moment. Partly because he is SO smart and SO kind that I respect his opinion, but also becuase at first, it seemed like he was irrefutably correct.
- My blog posts are nowhere near as well-written as my college essays.
- They're not even as well-written as my fiction work.
- In blogging I use run-ons, I use slang, I tend not to worry about flawless structure, I may use more cliches than usual, and my diction is kind of...meh. (<<Case and point.)
So, blogging encourages bad writing. Right? Seems true.
I disagree with this statement. Here is why:
It comes down to a question of how we define "bad." My professor seems to be operating under this definition:
bad writing (bad wri-ting) noun
1. informal or casual writing; writing that does not adhere to post-secondary academic standards
2. what people do on blogs
So really what he is saying is that blogging encourages casual writing.
Which I believe is okay. A college paper written casually is also written badly, but I think a blog post can be written casually and also well.
Saying that blogs encourage bad writing is like saying that having conversations with people encourages lazy language. I believe there is a valid place for using language informally. And it is here.
Does your blog encourage bad writing?