Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.

This is a quote from the movie Contagion. Elliot Gould plays scientist, Ian Sussman, in the film.

You want to know what I say to that statement. Bullsh*t!

As a contributor to a few organizations, I have the pleasure of working with editors and supporters that give me extremely useful and productive feedback that not only improves my writing, but my critical thinking skills. Admittedly, I love the quote because there are many bloggers who exhibit poor grammar, diction, syntax, and total lack or desire to EDIT. However, there are bloggers, such as myself, that constantly try to improve and use our blogs as a reference and a record of our learning, our musings, our mistakes, mishaps, and observations of the world. Okay, I’ll kick the soapbox to the corner now.

Last thing, what the hell does a scientist know about writing? I’ve met a good number of scientists that are not very articulate. Okay, okay, enough. I need to work on some writing deadlines (yes, it never (ever) ends). Playing catch up has been very difficult lately. As one of my favorite professors has reminded me about the nascent stage of any piece – you gotta turn on the faucet and let the brown water run!!

Let’s hope the plumbing is all right…

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

3 thoughts on “Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.”

    1. Awwww, my dearest Rosemary! You’re the absolute sweetest. Seriously. There are so many bloggers in the world and I think its WONDERFUL BUT there are folks out there that make some sweeping generalization that bloggers aren’t writers. That’s simply not true. So, I may not have 100,000 subscribers but that’s not the point. I started blogging with the intent that my thought process and overall improvement is something that could be seen and shared with people that matter and want to engage with me. Thanks again for being one of those individuals. Hoping I see you soon, my friend!! 🙂

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