Yesterday we received a comment that our blog would be far more credible if we didn’t use exclamations at the end of every sentence. We pondered this a lot as we do with all of the constructive criticism that we receive.
Now, when we set out on our year without supermarkets we never actually thought that people would be that interested in our ramblings. We have been really pleased with the response and as a result have worked very hard to ensure we write a new post every day. So far we have managed but it can be sometimes very difficult.
So yesterday when we received a comment about our over use of exclamations affecting the credibility of blog content we reviewed our posts and thought ‘oh dear we do use a lot of exclamations’.
This started a downward spiral of self-doubt; is our writing style wrong? Is what we are writing wrong? Is what we are doing wrong? We started to question our whole project and doubt ourselves. Now this post really isn’t an attack on the commenter at all, indeed the same person also said the post they had just read was ‘Awesome’ and this reader like other readers is entitled to their opinion.
So where is this post going? Well this post is a post all about a life lesson that Becksie really struggles with. This lesson is, just because someone criticises you doesn’t mean you have to change completely. Constructive criticism should always be considered but as the criticism receiver you have the right to stick just as you are. This is a lesson Becksie has often struggled with, something Ian doesn’t really struggle with and something we hope to strike a good balance with Lizzie.
As we said earlier in this post this isn’t an attack on the criticism we received but a reflection on something that is often difficult for Becksie. Being your own person is in actual fact really hard in a world where everyone should conform, ironically this post is being written from Becksie’s iphone. Being true to yourself is extremely hard but being true to yourself is the key to happiness. In the past Becksie has spent a lot of time moaning, worrying about things and with the gift of hindsight, discussion with Ian, Aunty Leah and a few other lovely folk she can now see that she wasn’t quite being true to herself. So she is trying to rectify this.
You may have noticed that not a single exclamation has made its way into today’s post. This was a test Becksie set herself in order to see if it was possible. It is possible and perhaps it has made the content more credible (although one should bear in mind that normally our content is a little fluffier) but it has not been easy to write or an enjoyable experience. The truth is this blog is very much the online version of Team Pugh. We are over excitable, quick moving, sometimes exhausting to be around, fun loving, fast talkers who use a lot of exclamations in our speech.
So, as we don’t want to change who we are, after careful consideration the exclamations stay, although we do promise to think a little bit more before we use them!