The curse of curse inflation

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.”

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

The ‘F word is such a useful word. The most powerful expletive in the English language, it is enormously adaptable: noun, adjective, adverb, verb, it will do them all. Do I use it – of course, sometimes no other word will do. But I want to ban it. Continue reading

Luring me back to cancel half a line

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Personal Space.”

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

This is my blog: I have chosen the name, the design and its purpose. It is for me, for my own enjoyment; and to practice my writing. Hence I write about what appeals to me, I use vocabulary that speaks to me, and I say what I feel.

Thus to answer the question posed by this prompt, a tripling of traffic would not lure me back to cancel half a line, nor wash out a word. Attracting readers is secondary. Although, contrariwise, if you are reading this then that is lovely. Continue reading