Writing Well Doesn't Mean Writing Dry Content
There seems to be a lot of buzz here on Persona Paper because of the talk concerning the new writing standards. People seem to be getting something confused. The new rules will require "coherent English" posts. Somehow people are reading that as "professional" posts, and equating that to dry, unpleasant-to-read content.
First off, professional doesn't mean dry. I read a lot of "professional" blogs that are entertaining, sometimes funny, and have a personal nature. Professional only means that they do it for a living and get paid well. Being a professional writer doesn't mean you're writing textbooks or news. It just means you're good at what you do and you get paid for it.
Second, I don't think any of this is discriminatory to foreign writers. If they want to learn and provide good content, they will. I have seen a few people here, at least three that I can think of off the top of my head, who have English as a second (or third) language and write better than most Americans I see. Having higher standards for grammar and spelling will only drive out people with no interest in learning to write better, American and foreign alike.
Also, people are making "informative" and "boring" synonymous. They aren't. I favor blogs over other sources because I can get detailed information while also getting people's opinions and experiences. I use reference material when I need it, but blogs and personal sites often offer more of what I need. A piece can be incredibly informative and accurate and still be personalized and even downright funny. It's all a matter of the writer's style. You don't need to be dry and boring to be educational.
I think that overall, people need to just calm down. This is not a bad thing for the site or the peope who write here. If anything, it's good. It will hopefully push people, both American and foreign, to finally take some pride in their work and try to make it the best they can. Maybe people will actually try to learn better grammar and spelling and more interesting word use. Intelligence and writing skill are falling sharply in the US, so it's a good thing in my opinion, for a site to hold its users to a higher standard. We could all become so much better from this experience, if we just embrace it.
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