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Hoist by my own Petard?
As long as I am not forced to Hub Hop, I won’t. I am not a professional writer and my writing is not at such a high standard that I would have the audacity to criticise other writers.
However, when it comes to Hub Followers I have my own set of rules. I’ll rephrase that sentence. I don’t have a list that Hubbers have to follow before I will follow them. When I log onto the following Hubber’s site, I expect the grammar and spelling to be correct; naturally making allowances for Hubbers whose primary language isn’t English.
The Hub doesn’t have to be grammatically perfect, but there is no excuse for bad spelling, especially if it is written on Word, which has its own spell check. If the Hub is interesting I will gladly follow that Hubber, even if I know nothing about the subject. One lives and learns daily, or in my case, hourly.
Occasionally the follower is only advertising a business, in which case I flag it and log off. I also log off immediately on discovering that the Hubber has only been on Hubpages for 8 minutes and is following 673 Hubbers.
Another thing that irritates me is the lack of paragraphs. Seeing a full page of nothing but script with no breaks is like a smack in the face. It is something I don’t understand; surely every writer knows about paragraphs and what they are for. But – oops there is a grammatical error – lots of writers who do know better write without leaving any spaces anywhere. My sister, who was a teacher, and some of her friends, used to write letters without leaving any spaces and it was extremely difficult to read the letters. I found the best way to read them was to use a ruler. I’d place the ruler under the sentence I was reading and move the ruler down as I got further on in the letter. Even doing that didn’t mean I had read it correctly and it used to take 2 or more readings to make sure I had everything in order. My sister’s excuse for not making paragraphs was that making paragraphs hindered her from getting her thoughts down on the paper and it interrupted the flow of the pen.
Then there other writers, a columnist in the local paper being one of them, who make every sentence into a paragraph.
It doesn’t matter what the subject is, or if there is any connection whatsoever.
He makes ever darned sentence into a paragraph.
I can’t see the point of it, unless it is to fill more space and make his column look bigger than it is.
It also means he is having more trees cut down just for his benefit.
Yet another thing that has me logging off from a follower’s site instantly, is the profile page that reads….
'I have been a riter all my live. Ther is nothing i like beter than putting my thots down on paper.’
To revert to colloquial American……‘Yeah, right!’
i think you‘ve got the idea by this time; i’m not just old, i’m old fashioned and i don’t like some of the ways the English language is being trashed. i do understand that the modern world moves faster than a speeding bullet, but i don’t.
So, to get to the point of this tirade, after reading a Hub by Nybride710, re Copywriting, I decided to give it a try. I logged on to eCopywriter and after passing their test I have been graded as ….
Level 2, and my grammar as ‘Below Average’
‘Below Average???’ Where’s that petard?