Emily Post on Blog Postings

January 21, 2009 at 10:04 am | Posted in Blogs, etiquette, Fun | 1 Comment

I hope you have been enjoying my blog postings, but I believe there is always room for improvement.  Therefore, in a constant quest to improve the quality of my communications, I have turned to the doyenne of etiquette, Emily Post.  The original 1922 text of her book “ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY, IN BUSINESS, IN POLITICS AND AT HOME” is available on Gutenberg.net.  A simple find&replace of “letter” with “blog posting” resulted in some sage advice that I intend to follow from now on.

CHAPTER XXVII – NOTES AND SHORTER BLOG POSTINGS

In writing notes or blog postings, as in all other forms of social observance, the highest achievement is in giving the appearance of simplicity, naturalness and force.

Those who use long periods of flowered prolixity and pretentious phrases—who write in complicated form with meaningless flourishes, do not make an impression of elegance and erudition upon their readers, but flaunt instead unmistakable evidence of vainglory and ignorance.

The blog posting you write, whether you realize it or not, is always a mirror which reflects your appearance, taste and character. A “sloppy” blog posting with the writing all pouring into one corner of the page, badly worded, badly spelled, and with unmatched CSS themes—even possibly a blot—proclaims the sort of person who would have unkempt hair, unclean linen and broken shoe laces; just as a neat, precise, evenly written note portrays a person of like characteristics. Therefore, while it can not be said with literal accuracy that one may read the future of a person by study of his writing, it is true that if a young man wishes to choose a wife in whose daily life he is sure always to find the unfinished task, the untidy mind and the syncopated housekeeping, he may do it quite simply by selecting her from her blog postings.

From “ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY, IN BUSINESS, IN POLITICS AND AT HOME” by Emily Post (1922), with just a few minor modifications

Ah … as true today as it was then.  I will be brief now and close out this entry, so you don’t think of me as the type of blogger who has broken shoe laces.  Guess I should be checking my wife’s blog more often though …

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  1. Hiya all of youz!..
    How are yaz doing?


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