One of the lessons about writing that’s stuck with me throughout my entire writing career (even though calling my writing endeavors a career is very ambitious) is a very simple one.
You should not start a sentence with I.
Not only does it apparently feel like an eyesore – it also quickly turns repetitive, is viewed as narcissistic and is just generally ‘observed’ as an unpleasant way of writing. I’m not joking. These were all things that I was told AND they’re on the internet so they must be true.
And honest to god, I’ve bent myself in pretzels over the years, trying to avoid starting my blogs with the word I. I’m a good little writer like that. Well-behaved, following the rules, standing in line. Yaknow. Blending in. Gotta do it right, or not at all, innit?
Well. Let me tell you one thing I’ve also learned:
This madness is completely and utterly stupid. For me. In my blogging.
Truthfully, I get how a book written in first person narrative MIGHT get a bit annoying to read if it’s 200 pages of ‘I this‘ and ‘I that‘ followed by some ‘and then I this and then I that‘s. My eyes would not be happy when submitted to so much I-ness either. It’s a sensical rule. It makes sense. There’s some good thinking behind it. It helps. It’s smart. I can’t fault the rule in that regard.
But. And it’s a STRONG but here. When it comes to PERSONAL blogging. You know, the type of blogging where you write solely about your personal life, and personal things happening to your very own person (and the unfortunate buggers involved in your personal inner circle). When it comes to personal blogging – I think it should be all about the I. I write about I, so you might expect some I’s along in the process.
Which, I guess, IS kind of narcissistic when you look at it. But honestly – the entire concept of me thinking my very-normally-normal life is interesting enough to bother the rest of the interwebs with is already the epitome of self-importance, ain’t it. So can’t really fault myself there.
So if I can’t really fault the rule for existing, nor myself for feeling it doesn’t suit me regardless…I think I might be stuck in an impasse. To I or not to I, that’s the question. And I think I’m just going to stay on the pretzel-path of attempted non-I-writing. But I refuse to completely avoid the I-thing from now on. I got rights too, yaknow. I can do what I want.
I will I.
And so should you!
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20 thoughts on “Personal Blogging – The I-thing”
This made a very interesting read for me and also brought a smile. 😀😀
In my opinion, writing is a very personal thing to everyone who writes. The opening pronoun in any piece can be determined by the preceeding thought.
It is important to begin a statement with ‘I’ if the rest of the information refers to self. However, should the writer want to use any other opening, that is totally okay.
Nothing is cast on stone in life. If the rules are not
If breaking the rule is not committing sin, hurting or abusing anyone, then go ahead to break it to explain your point.
I accidentally clicked send without completing the previous thought. Apology 🙂🙂
I think I will! haha
The beauty about blogging is you get to do what you want. 🙃
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In my opinion certain conventions are sensible, but I think it is equally important to ignore those conventions nearly most of the time. They are often designed by wordy-busy-bodies with too much time on their hands and far too sensitive sensibilities.
I try not to start consecutive sentences with the same word, or use the same terms all the time, but I start with “I’ all the time for the same reason as you … it’s a blog about my life.
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I am so I shall be. I hear ya loud and clear! Nice one.
Zoewiezoe I’ve been wrestling with that “I” a long time—just do the best I can and keep it moving. Blessings and Peace!
HeHe Zoe i’M Never
About I Just i AM
all thru it i i me mine. zoe
Knowing and practicing the “I rule” is going to be the death of me! I can’t do it! C
I guess that makes sense.
Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.
Groot gelijk. Morgen start ik m’n blog met ‘ik’.
I agree the “I” principle. Ooops I started iwth an “I” 🙂
I say aye.
A lot of eye in the I there Zoe, how you doing?
I feel you!
I thought that you meant the letter I and not the singular I until the end 😂🤦🏽♂️
I was thinking 🤔 ‘but the Bible starts off with an I…’