Monday, April 27, 2015

More gooder, less poorer

by Rich

We've known each other for a while now, haven't we? I mean, two-and-a-half years is a long time. Heck, that's an average Hollywood wedding or the period between Charlie Sheen's nervous breakdowns. Since we're comfortable with each other, I think it's okay to vent for just a bit. No? Well, tough nouggies! I'm going to do it anyway.

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.


Jenny said...

Thanks a lot, Rich. This post made me laugh out loud, which made my dogs come see what was happening, and now they want baby goats to play with.

Oh, and obviously you spelled noogies wrong. If your next post is more worser, I'm going to have to call the Kardashians.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I must say the baby goats videos are almost more gooder than kittens...almost.

I'm with you on this business of correcting people in a public forum...even if you feel you've discovered a serious error, email the person privately or let it go.

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