I'm late to the party, but after wading through a bajillion New Year's blog posts on annoying blogger/twitter/social media habits that must end, here's what I think should die:
All that *&;^%#$@! swearing.
Writers do it for shock value. Readers laugh because they're surprised... except it's become so common it's not even mildly startling anymore. Especially when vile words are peppered through the whole blankety-blank post.
Like so many other inescapable, done-until-the-cleverness-has-been-worn-to-bare-threads things, it bothers me. So here's my rant for the trash-talkers:
Do you have a vocabulary problem? Do you really talk like that, or do you have some middle-school notion that you'll be more popular if you offend moms like me in front of your friends? Do you imagine that dropping the F-bomb three times in one post makes you look more clever, earnest and authentic?
Ahh. I feel better now. Thanks for listening.