A cool tip to improve your online writing

Here’s today’s thought-provoking tip for writing online. (This alleged “tip” is pretty much useless on typewriters and such.)

Tip: Never use the number eight followed by a right parentheses. Ever. Somewhere down the line some device or web site or widget will turn that character sequence into the “cool” smiley.

Case in point: http://broadsideblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/ten-ways-to-seriously-improve-your-writing/

Just look at that little bastard there, all smiling and shit, feeling oh so proud of himself! I found the unexpected presence of the cool smiling in a post about improving your writing just a little ironic. 🙂

If you must number things, use “ordered lists.” (If you are in HTML.) WordPress provides a little icon for that in their online editor. If not, then try using periods. They seem less susceptible to involuntary smiley replacements.

🙂

8 responses

  1. Bullet points are a perfectly acceptable way of organising lists. Also, bullets are what I’d like to see the originaotr of the sunglasses smiley dying in a hail of.

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    1. LALZ! RAWR! You hate the inventor of the cool smiley! 🙂

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  2. Don’t forget: criticism is key to success, so you’re just helping:) or 8)

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    1. I didn’t mean to be critical. I honestly enjoyed the post but I did find the irony of it ironic. Or something like that. The original post was actually quite good!

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  3. I guess no where in that list does it say “have another pair of eyes read your writing before submitting.”

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    1. I tried that once but could never find anyone willing to look!

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  4. I’ll happily take all the eyeballs coming to that post anyway. Thanks!

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    1. I’m glad. This post was meant as humor, not as an insult to you. In fact, I thought it was an excellent post and I refer to it often. That’s why it crossed my mind to blog about it more than a month later. See? That’s the effect your powerful post had on me!

      I’ve seen the cool smiley surprise lots of folks, even me, so I hope you didn’t feel singled out. 🙂

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