I'm taking part in the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge. For the letter 'U' I pulled an entry from the previous year, updated it, and added this note: The following is a re-write of a post from last year's A to Z Challenge for the letter 'U'. The main difference between this version and the 2014 version is gooder writing. The gooder writing part -- you know that's a joke, right? Ha, ha, Rich made a funny about grammar. Typical jokster, that Keller boy!
Well, someone out there in the social media universe didn't think so. In fact, right on the public page they corrected my instance of 'gooder' and followed it up with a retort saying people would take me more seriously if I did a better job with grammar and edited my work. Now, I'm one of those professional author types who has built up a thick shield against critiques of my work. However, this little comment irked me.
Did this commenter really think "gooder" is a term I normally use? Gosh, I know I could have used a phrase like "more better", or "mostest weller", or "less poorer", but "gooder" felt right in this instance. And to scold me on a public group ... it's not like I was a sports star making an idiotic comment on Twitter. I think about what I want to say in social media for fear of being lambasted by the anonymous public or worse -- a Kardashian.
Of course, I look back at this long-ago moment -- last Friday -- and realize this is the reason I created Wooden Pants Publishing. People are too darn serious these days. If they don't realize I'm using a word in a comical way, then something is slightly askew. We all need to have a sense of humor, especially when it comes to our writing. Because if we take everything so seriously we're bound not to have a long life as a writer.
Vent is done. I return you to videos of baby goats.