Blogs and Humor

It seems to me that there is a fine line between taking one’s self too seriously and trying too hard to be funny. I remember a conversation with another blogger friend a long time ago wherein he was talking about how bloggers should be able to inject a certain amount of humor into his posts. Otherwise, his blog would be lifeless.

It seems that other “experts” in blog writing have the same way of thinking. In his post years ago, Dennis Mahoney shares:

Have a sense of humor. Everything is funny. Being gay is funny. Being straight is funny. Being American is funny. It’s OK to laugh at things. Making light of serious situations or emotions doesn’t have to be disrespectful or hurtful. And just because something is funny doesn’t mean it has to be light. Example: “When the kidnapper called the blind woman, he told her that she’d never see her son again.” Some of the best humor is heavy.

Being a writer is funny. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

I cannot really disagree with what he is saying. Yes, a sense of humor is important when you are writing your blog posts. For me though, it is even more important to be able to laugh at yourself. Maintaining a blog means that people from all over the world will be able to read your writing. That means blunders and bloopers on your part being open to the laughter of others. Being able to laugh at those is what matters and what makes you a better writer.

Originally posted on October 1, 2007 @ 12:06 am