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I am a working writer and editor. Have been for 30 years. I have not posted on Kos much because 1. I can't afford to write for free, and 2. well, I can't afford to write for free. However, with sufficient provocation I have been known to spout off gratuitously. There we are. It has to do with Kos' home page and why I have to scroll way down yawner. JUMP!

The current (16:00 PDT) Daily Kos home page is choked with a single blog bloating a full 1875 words (every one a pearl!!!) I mean, Christ, Will and Broder only get 800, which is why, I suppose, we get words like "meritricious." All I see when I get here is blah-blah-blah and SEIU and CNA hacking on each other like ... like ... well, you know.

I have a question. OK, that's a lie. I have a rant. A suggestion. A desperate plea.

Can we please just have heds and summaries, a link here, a link there, everywhere a link-link on the home page? Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with suga suga? We ol' curmudges call those entry points. And we know that the more we get up high and out front, the more live souls will still be with us at the end of the story.

I mean, there are all these pitiful diaries moshing for attention way down yawner in the paw paw patch and I am not certain, but I am certainly afraid that heads are hitting keyboards long before they get through the peon diary list.

I know from long suffering experience that great writers and great publications are made not of ink but of razor blades. And I also know authors don't know how to operate the latter device.

That's it. I'll shut up. And get back to work.


Originally posted to Our Man in Twisp on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:15 PM PDT.


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  •  while you're at it (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, psilocynic

    in addition to attacking wordiness, why don't you go after mispelling and mispunctuation?  How hard is it to use an apostrophe?  How hard is it to remember the difference between your and you're, or their and they're?  Argh.......

  •  :), Your first diary and it's a criticism! (1+ / 0-)
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    By the way I thought the use of the word "peon" was slightly in congruous with tone of your diary. Some how Peon and everywhere a link-link somehow just don't jive. Good effort though.

    Welcome to Dkos.


    Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare

    by notquitedelilah on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:32:40 PM PDT

  •  For free (0+ / 0-)
    But you enjoyed it!


    I actually disagree though.  I do look at and read the peon diaries.  I often favor them because there is often more lively give and take.

  •  I can see why you can't afford to write for free. (1+ / 0-)
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    You couldn't possibly get paid well when you charge.

  •  As proof of my sucky typing (1+ / 0-)
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    I presented you with the above post which as you can see is full of misspelled, missing, and repeated words.

    On purpose... no really!... really!

    Ok, not really.

    Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare

    by notquitedelilah on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:49:43 PM PDT

  •  Blogs are for peons like me. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't mind writing for free.  Writing is a hobby with me, not a profession.  I've tried getting published for pay.  No takers, so free hobby it is.  I also currently have the (mis)fortune of being on disability, therefore I can spend a little time at reading and writing on blogs.

    This also gives me the pleasant ability of being able to peruse not only the front page diarys of dKos, but most all of the other ones here too, in addition to several blogs elsewhere.  And just like in a newspaper, if your title doesn't catch my eye, I'm unlikely to read anything you're writing.  In other words, I'm not going there (their, they're?).

    And even if a title (frontpage or other) does catch my eye, if what I'm reading is not of personal interest, or is too verbose even so, I move on.  Sometimes the succint diary is what does the trick, sometimes the wordiest (gee, is that even a word?) is fully worth the read.

    Since you can't afford to write for free, then at least keep in mind the reading's still free, sort of.  I understand that a high-speed broadband connection costs money.  So read all you want, but don't put yourself out peeing your worthy words down our little drain.  We're definitely not worth it.

    Your title did catch my eye though, and you were succint enough.  Pity what you had to say was scarcely worth my free time.

    If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth.

    by cn4st4datrees on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 05:33:14 PM PDT

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