F-Bombs Dropping Everywhere. Take Cover Immediately.
I’ve been accused of dropping the occasional f-bomb myself.
Guilty as charged; I’m not innocent.
But, lately I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the use of F-Bombs in the titles of blog posts, their content and in videos.
This was a little shocking at first, but probably had the intended effect (clicks). And it started a trend. More and more writers are going this direction.
Are the shackles of censorship finally unleashed, or is something else at play?
A few years ago, the HBO series The Wire had a scene where they demonstrated the versatility of the F word. (Season 1 Episode 4)
It was the only word of the entire scene, used a few dozen times as every part of speech. (It’s a very versatile word.) The scene was genius, shocking, and hilarious all at the same time. By itself it could have earned an Emmy. It felt honest, authentic.
Fast forward: Who would have imagined we would be bombed by a White House Communications Director. That didn’t work out so well.
But, still, I think it lowered the bar even further, to the point it’s scraping the floor.
What was once edgy, now just smells like desperation.
In response to this trend, I am committing to NOT drop any f-ing f-bombs in my content. (That was the last one and I’m not sure it counts since I used the PG version.)
Because . . .
- It forces me to be more precise; I may actually expand my vocabulary.
- Most of us think in words*. A robust vocabulary gives us a larger toolset to think clearly. I enjoy thinking clearly.
- My newest gig is journaling methods. Without an adequate working vocabulary, journaling is a struggle. We need words to express complex emotions, intuitions, anxieties, and fears.
- Resorting to the F-Bomb is lazy — a cop out. I’m not about to be called lazy.
*I’ve heard of people that think in images. I don’t understand how that works. My mental canvas is blank. Conversely, maybe they don’t understand how I think in words.
Of course, the classic advice is to write for your audience.
Seems logical if you want to be read.
What if I’m writing in a channel where F-Bombs are the norm, I’m the exception and seem like the outsider?
This gets trickier.
Regardless of audience, The Wire, communications directors, popular blog writers or any other influences, you must be authentic.
If you’re not being authentic, the audience can smell it a mile away.
So, if F-Bombs are your authentic self, then bombs away.
If you’re just following the zeitgeist — stop.
Go back to your authentic self, your authentic voice.
If you’re not sure what that is — get to work and figure it out.
One of the best ways to find your voice is journaling.
If you’re interested in learning more about my journaling process, check it this post: Journaling.