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Blog Exercises: The Royal We

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.

People who refer to themselves as “yours truly.” What kind of grandiose crap is this?

Some even speak of themselves in the third person. Athletes and entertainers are big on this demented shit: “I’m going to do what’s right for Leon Spinks!”

I think people like this are mentally ill. And you can include those very special people who use the royal ‘we’.

– George Carlin

Do you “we” yourself or “I?”

The royal “we” on a person or single author site can be annoying, yet we all do it. It can be used judiciously, bringing your audience along for the ride as we explore a topic together. Or it might be presumptuous if you constantly refer to yourself in the plural, a community of one on your site.

Do you use the personal or royal pronoun consistently or inconsistently. Go through your site and pay close attention to which pronoun you use to refer to yourself – or if you refer to yourself in any way. Do you? Or are you invisible on your site?

There are no right or wrong ways, just consistency.

People take personal pronoun usage seriously. Speaking about your experience, using “I” is important so we understand that this is your journey, your perspective, your life lesson.

Using the royal “we,” you bring the reader in on the adventure, but you may also push them away.

Which do you use and why? If you are using it improperly, consider editing your past posts.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to check the status of your royal we.

Be aware as you review past posts and write your next post of your use of third person and inclusive references. Are you being truly inclusive or annoying and presumptuous?

If you wish to blog this topic, remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Guilty Lorelle… I am Flemish speaking so blogging in English stays a bit of a challenge. Being married to an American husband and living in UK made it more or less the logical way to blog, but I consistently make mistakes of course. I will try to limit the Royal We as much as I can from here on. Thanks for the tip.

    • Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      One of the upcoming lessons is on blogging in your own language. We often choose to blog in a language that is not our own so we can reach that audience or learn the language. While this is good in practice, it often is done at the expense of those in your own community. Languages survive because we use them, not avoid them. The exercise will explore the different perspectives on this to help people see the value in honoring their own language, or be more determined in another. 😀 I’d love your input and thoughts on that to help flesh out that blog exercise.


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