Today I’ve been listening to music from the 90s. Why? Because of the public battle (if you can call it that) between Robbie Williams – who was in a band I loved – and Brett Anderson – who was also in a band I loved. What a great excuse to journey back to my youth.
The spat was over Anderson’s comment to The Sun: “There has always been cr*p pop music.” He went on to explain his opinion that record companies didn’t have the financial freedom to gamble on non-manufactured music.
Fair enough. It’s an opinion. Also fair that Williams didn’t agree, responding in his blog that all the rock music produced in the 90s, including by Suede, was rubbish.
I don’t have a problem with either of these chaps having an opinion. I don’t agree with either of them, but that’s just how it goes. What I do not appreciate is a public figure very publicly communicating in a sub-standard way. So far, Williams’s blog post has had 2,200 likes on Facebook, 404 Tweets and 168 comments. That’s a lot of exposure for a piece of writing with quite some mistakes, likely to have been read by many impressionable people.
So here are a few top tips inspired by his blog, with examples.
- Capital letters look like shouting – writing an entire blog in capitals makes it pretty difficult to read
THE WORLD’S A LOT MORE EXCITING WITH A ONE DIRECTION IN IT
- When you quote the name of a publication it should be in italics – i.e. The Sun
SUPPOSED BRETT ANDERSON QUOTE FROM TODAY’S SUN
- A sentence should be finished with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
SOME ARE MAGNIFICENT IN EVERY GENERATION
- If you want to use an ellipsis, make sure it has three dots. Anything else is just a strange number of full stops
KNOBHEADS COULD AND DID GET A DEAL IN THE 90’S ….
- Talking of ellipses, their overuse gives the impression of a stream of consciousness, which isn’t easy to follow
- Commas are your friends. If you pause when speaking, consider using a comma when writing (i.e. instead of using paragraph breaks with no punctuation)
- You do not need to use an apostrophe when writing a decade, e.g. 90s
GET A DEAL IN THE 90’S
And here’s a brilliant song from the 90s – Me and You Vs The World by Space.