Personally, I love criticism, but then, I’ve always distrusted flattery. I don’t agree with a lot of your complaints, but it’s nice to know the other side. We get a lot of love mail, but I know we’re not perfect, and we don’t pretend to be.
But yeah, we’re not professionals, and we don’t pretend to be that either. I’ve never written seriously before, and certainly never run anything like this ever, so I’ve had to figure things out as we go, and it’s a definite learning process. I wasn’t the one editing anything until about a month ago because I wanted to split it up amongst a few people, division of labor ya know. Unfortunately, having different editors meant having different ideas of how to edit, and I do think we ended up with a lot of inconsistencies. So for various reasons, we learned that that system wasn’t working, and I am now handling pretty much everything. But I’m still learning, and always will be, and the only thing we can do is try. I think that’s better than rolling over and giving up just because we miss an apostrophe or two.
But I don’t think we’ll ever be the kind of blog you’re looking for, and really, that’s ok. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we never will. I love breaking rules, so I’ve always thought of grammar as a suggestion more than a requirement, and you made my point for me. Grammar’s there to somewhat normalize communication to maximize effectiveness. If you have to twist your words around so much to adhere to some “rule,” then you’re defeating the purpose. So if you want something that’s picture perfect every day, I can point you to a million other blogs that focus on that, but it’s just not my priority. If you think you can do it better, then go for it. You obviously have the time.
You’re saying you don’t want it to reflect poorly on your own blog because no one else working on it has anything to do with this, yes? But no, you’re doing it anonymously because you’re a coward. Go ahead and show the people what a “real blog” looks like, since you’re such the authority. Otherwise, you sound like a bratty kid who didn’t get picked for the kickball game. We use our real names because we each have to stand behind what we do, bad days and all. We’re not Pitchfork, and we’re not gonna pretend like a bad day never happened. We’re just going to get better.