Ruh roh, I'm illiterate

I hear that linking makes you a worse writer:
A sentence that's written to include hyperlinks won't necessarily make as much sense without them. You write differently when you know you can't dodge explaining yourself by fobbing the task off on someone more eloquent or better informed. You have to express what you want to say more completely, and you have to think harder about what information ought to be included and what's merely peripheral. (Knowing what to leave out is as important to writing well as what you include.)
Well, shit, I'm illiterate city. Woe is me?


  1. Huh. And here I thought it was akin to sourcing your work/thoughts.

    I had my suspicions regarding your literacy. Clearly you are not at all well read.

  2. Her style doesn't suit me. I prefer to see the links at the relevant part of the text. I can always go back and follow them later but at least I know what's there.

    I suppose we're all different.

  3. now, see... I think that a sentence linking something is giving proper credit where credit is due.

    But what do I know. I'm apparently illiterate. :)

  4. Ok, I am a language anarchist. I believe in only one rule for writing, does the reader understand what you are saying. Since she seems to have problems understanding sentences with a link included perhaps she is the illiterate one.

  5. Laurel, I too had suspicions regarding my literacy, but I swept them under the rug. Now the truth has set itself free!

    I'm considering enrolling in the Derek Zoolander School For Kids who Can't Read Good and Want to Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too.

  6. Make sure you sign up for the "How to make a good Eugoogoly" class.