I was scrolling through my google reader this evening and saw the following disclaimer on a blog to which I subscribe:
NOTE: In honor of No Cussing Week, I thought I’d take a minute to discuss my own swears. I know I’ve dropped some F-bombs in the last few posts. I do it on purpose, for a couple of reasons: (1) I swear quite a lot in real life. I enjoy it. And (2) I want to chase away as quickly as possible any uptight know-it-alls with overdeveloped senses of entitlement who might later be caught off guard by a random swear and then be inclined to send me cranky condescending emails about my language. Those emails are stupid, and I’m tired of getting them.
So what I want to know is:
- I (me, myself) try not to swear, both in real life and on my blog. It's just not part of my personal vibe. Does that make me an "uptight know-it-all"? I'm not saying I DON'T swear, I just tend not to.
- Does my NOT swearing offend my readers who enjoy the salty Anglo-Saxon-ness of it all?
- Or is it the act of sending the cranky e-mail that qualifies one as an u-k-i-a?
- And does writing an ultra-defensive blog post put one on the same category?
- And what kind of person finds a blog on the OPEN INTERNET and presumes that she, because she reads it, gets to dictate the content?
What makes you stop reading a blog? Would you tell the writer, or just delete the blog from your subscriptions or list of links?