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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Another Mohawk Valley Blog Recommendation

Here is another Mohawk Valley blog that I recommend, not only because it's done well and interesting, but for other reasons, which I may--or may not--divulge at a later date.


  • Thanks for the attempted link to my blog.

    I have my regular friends and fmaily who read it, but sometimes I forget that it's out there for the rest of the world to stumble across.

    I'm curious to find out what you "other reasons" are.

    By Blogger Roon, at 1:05 PM  

  • I am not sure what you mean by "attempted" link. I thought it was an actual link.

    Since your brought up the subject, I enjoy your blog, but it looks a lot like another good local blog, whose author wishes to remain anonymous. The way you write, the style of your blog, even down to the color of your titles, text and links is the same. You even have an almost identical posting to his on St. Patrick's day. If you are not the author of the other blog, the name of which I will not mention right now, then clearly one of your co-workers at WNYT is.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 2:36 PM  

  • Sorry. The link wasn’t working when I first spotted earlier today. There was an errant “@” symbol in there.

    Thanks for the compliments.

    As for the other good local, if you’re talking about the one I think you’re talking about, you’re not the first person to suspect me. However, I can assure you that my personal blog is the only one I write. I am flattered though.

    By Blogger Roon, at 8:37 PM  

  • Pardon my lousy typos.

    By Blogger Roon, at 8:40 PM  

  • It may not be you, which is why I didn't want to post about it until some later date. But I am 99.9% certain that the author of the other blog works at your tv station. This is not just a guess. I have a lof of clues that point in that direction. I am not interested in "outing" him because he may have good reasons for wanting to be anonymous. I am just curious, as are many of my readers.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 6:16 AM  

  • Pardon my typos, also. My, aren't we polite.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 6:37 AM  

  • I suppose we all pardon some typos somewhat, although I don't know why we should. All it takes is a quick 'proof' of the text before posting to eliminate them. (What's the matter guys? Too busy to be heedful?)
    What cannot be pardoned is blatant misuse of our language.
    Your use of the phrase "I could care less..." in your post about March Madness, Roon, is an example. Obviously, if you "could care less" then it follows that you do, in fact, care. Regardless of how many times you've heard the phrase misused in the past, the correct usage is, of course, "I couldn't care less."
    And you, Dan, educated as you are, share a peculiar habit with our friend "Albany Eye" in your unthinking intermixing of "its" and "it's." It's curious how you use the two randomly in your posts regardless of context.
    It's helpful to remember that "it's" can ONLY mean "it is" or "it has" and "its" can ONLY be the possessive form of "it." Never the twain shall mean the same!

    Excusable to some extent.
    Incorrect usage & grammar? Excusable to no extent.

    Now, I'm not suggesting that we mustn't communicate in a folksy manner. Being folksy is what makes blogs fun. We let our hair down, so to speak, when we post and respond to blogs. But "folksy" and "correct" are not mutually exclusive.

    When one undertakes to put forth one's musings, observations, ideas, statements, and feelings in a blog, it seems to me that those postings should be accompanied with a degree of respect for both the reader and the language. If the blogger doesn't care about being read, then why blog?

    Now, before accusing me of picking nits, why not consider the writer's maxim? "What is written without care will be read without interest."

    Cordially yours,

    By Anonymous Lake George Guy, at 2:15 AM  

  • Although grammar has never been by strong point, in spite of my degree in English, I do know the difference between it's and its. I also read through my posts several times before posting them, but not only typos but also bad grammar slips through some times.

    I did notice I used it's wrong in my post Amsterdam Should Change Its Name To Amsterdump. That post was a quick response to an article I had just read in the newspaper, and I did not proofread it as I should.

    Something can be written with great care and still have grammatical or spelling errors. I admit, when I see these errors in a post, they bother me too.

    Ernest Hemingway, who was a careful writer and who was notorious for bad spelling and grammar, said it's an editor's job to take care of spelling and grammar. Unfortunately, I do not have an editor when I post to this blog, and I cannot spend anymore time than I do on it.

    My primary focus in my writing is content; however, I do hope to improve my grammar as well.

    My brother-in-law has a Master's Degree in Engineering. He cannot write an interesting sentence, but he knows grammar and spelling better than I do. I have often noticed that science and math majors are better at grammar and spelling than English majors are. Is it because grammar is a science, whereas the creative impulse that compells (sorry compels)one to write is not?

    LGG, any chance that you are a science or math person?

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 5:31 AM  

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