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Dee/reddirtramblings said,

Tuesday, June 17. 2008 at 12:31 (Link) (Reply)

Amen. Can I say amen? Although professional websites and blogs blur the lines, I still read them for the people behind the words.
Colleen said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 07:30 (Link) (Reply)

You can say "amen" :-) I couldn't agree more!
mr_subjunctive said,

Tuesday, June 17. 2008 at 15:03 (Link) (Reply)

What I find the most interesting about this whole conversation is that everybody seems to just be assuming that they know 1) what words are counted as "cussing" by the rating dealie, and 2) what words the general public finds offensive and what words they don't. So the whole conversation is revolving around lists that are most likely different from person to person. My mother, as I recall, was appalled the first time she heard me say something *sucked*, but pretty much nobody regards suck as a dirty word now. Just for example.

I've never had anybody explain to me yet why we all agree that there are some very practical words, with lots of everyday uses, that we've all supposedly agreed not to use in certain contexts. I'm more than a little suspicious of the people who make a point of never swearing. They still swear anyway, they just use different words (sugar, darn, gosh, heck, etc.), and you still know what they mean, so why the euphemisms?

As regards branding and all that, well, it's not automatically true that being branded as the garden center where everybody cusses like a sailor would necessarily result in less business. The times, they are a-changin' (also: the plants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind), and things don't necessarily mean what they used to. You make your choices, you get your brands, you takes your chances.
Colleen said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 07:36 (Link) (Reply)

You're right...I would like to know what set of words they're considering cuss words. And I'm absolutely with you on the euphemisms---if you mean "shit," just say "shit" already and stop screwing around :-) (Screw---another word that some people consider a cuss word...)

The branding issue is interesting, and I think you're right that being the garden center where customers might overhear cuss words would not necessarily result in less business. There are so many other things to consider: level of service, quality of product, convenience of location...all of that value-added stuff that I think people actually care about. Like with blogs. If someone is interesting and enthusiastic, I'm willing to follow them even when we don't agree.
Carol, May Dreams Gardens said,

Tuesday, June 17. 2008 at 17:30 (Link) (Reply)

I agree, I read garden blogs because I like the gardeners writing the blogs, and want to know about their gardening and gardens. Like you, I can get information when I want it from so many sources, written in a straight-forward, factual manner and often seek out that information.

But when I read garden blogs, I want to read about experiences, thoughts, and ideas related to gardening and connect with other gardeners.

I rarely use profanity on my blog, but sometimes the "hoe" discussions can lead one to think not of gardening tools but of, well you can only imagine...
Colleen said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 07:39 (Link) (Reply)

Ha. I always enjoy when the hoe conversations steer off-track on your blog. It's just too good to pass up :-)
Katie said,

Tuesday, June 17. 2008 at 21:04 (Link) (Reply)

Colleen, this was a wonderful post! I sometimes worry about my level of swearing (I got a .5% I think on that quiz or something), because some people might tune out. But oh well! That's my life and if I decide to get a little saucy, so be it. As Lewis Black says, sometimes there is no other word to describe something other than the eff word. While I may not put that on my site, I wouldn't begrudge someone who does.

And it just dawned on me that I prefer blogs that aren't a thousand pictures of flowers and plants, but interesting and funny stories about the blogger and their relationship with their land. Well put!
Colleen said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 07:42 (Link) (Reply)

Thanks Katie!

I love Lewis Black. The man is freaking hilarious. Cussing well is an art form, and he is a master :-)

Good point too about enjoying reading about people's relationships with the land---I love that part, too.

Thanks for stopping by!
Kim said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 00:26 (Link) (Reply)

Amen, Colleen. And I have to say (and should have said before) that I was shocked to see your curse-o-meter because I would have told someone that your blog was rated G. I never noticed you having a potty-mouth on your blog, to be honest.

Doug's blog is part and parcel of his whole professional image, so I'm not particularly surprised that he feels this way. But as for me, I'm not selling advertising on my site, I'm not interested in having people think that I'm overly clever, I just want to share my thoughts and meet other gardeners who are enthusiastic about what they're doing, too. Even if we're enthusiastic about different things.

I guess I am on my blog as I am in life: I am what I am, and you can take me or leave me... and I'll not think any less of you either way. But if you stoke my imagination, watch out... I'll be leaving multi-paragraph comments and lots of questions on your posts. lol.
Colleen said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 07:47 (Link) (Reply)

We're very similar in that way. If people enjoy visiting my blog, and want to interact, that's great. If not, that's fine, too. The people who comment regularly on my blog are, to a person, people who I think I would really enjoy hanging out with in real life.

And I've been known to leave a few multi-paragraph comments myself ;-)
susan harris said,

Wednesday, June 18. 2008 at 16:40 (Link) (Reply)

Colleen, since you were hired by About and its NY Times parent, you must "clean up" pretty well, so what the hell?

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