Saturday, February 08, 2003

Brokentype has a nice piece up on writing for the web. He wrote something that had real world consequences, in that people were offended or formed false impressions based on a couple of his pieces, and this was his response. His two major points are that he's a liar who ejaggerates, so you're weigh his words as having any more weight than the air they are, and, as with any liar, the lies he tell reveal more about him than about the person being lied about. He also gets into some of his rules for writing (based on Paul Ford's rules), which got me thinking about my own:
  1. Be kind.
  2. Be honest.
  3. Be funny.
  4. Don't let fear dissuade you from doing any of the above.
In that order. And in looking at them, I'd also take them as pretty good rules for life, but only in that order.

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