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How Bloggers Can Use Linguistics to AMP Your Creative License

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Since bloggers use language to communicate with audiences, linguistics, language science, should inform their writing.  In most cases, this is liberating for bloggers, allowing them to work their…

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

This is another great article by Darin Hammond. I understand Darin’s point, but I’m not sure if I agree entirely. I happen to think of myself as one of those people who likes to uphold the "tradition" of correct grammar. The one part of English/language arts classes that I always liked and did well in school was grammar. Grammar also helped me get through countless foreign language classes (I’ve taken courses for five other languages–not counting computer languages–and mastered none of them). Even if I didn’t master any of them (you don’t use it, you lose it), I was always able to do well in those classes simply because I had a good handle on the grammar of my native language. 


That aside, as a blogger, one needs some linguistical freedom to speak–or write, as the case may be. I remember taking a workshop recently about how to write more tightly, and the sample I used from my own work was a blog passage. While we could tighten up the language to be more effective, the end result, while more grammatically correct, was one in which my voice was lost. The corrected passage didn’t sound like me anymore. There was another blogger in the workshop whom I befriended, and he had come to the same conclusion. While one can still apply many grammar rules to a blog–and one should write as professionally as possible using proper grammar as much as possible–some license should be allow for the freestyle methods of bloggers. Allowing bloggers to write freely allows true freedom of speech, and allows the writer’s personality to shine through. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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