Don’t expect me to read it.

Me drawing a line in the sand. Flickr (CC0 1.0)

“I guess…”

“I suppose…”

“My theory is…”

“I don’t have any facts to back this up but…”

It’s enough to make my eyes bleed and my blood pressure go through the roof. How in the actual hell can you call yourself a writer and you are, whether you know it or not, admitting to not knowing what you’re talking about when you use these words.

You’re admitting that you didn’t do the homework.

You didn’t do the legwork.

You didn’t do the research.

Basically, you just didn’t. You didn’t do anything at all. You banged on your keyboard and then hit Submit while someone on the other end hit Publish and voila! More bullshit cluttering the platform.

The piece that triggered this rant admitted that they had only been on the platform for two months and then dove into a shyte ton of supposition like it was taken from the Holy Grail itself while extolling virtues on the virtueless. I gave up after 6 highlighted comments.

Damn.

If you’re going to be an actual writer, you know, like serious about this, then do the damn research. There are people that will read your shyte and take it as gospel because they too won’t do their homework. It’s called due diligence.

What is due diligence in simple words?

Due diligence is the investigation or exercise of care that a reasonable business or person is normally expected to take before entering into an agreement or contract with another party or an act with a certain standard of care. — Wikipedia

To put this into context for writers the definition would look like this.

Due diligence is the investigation or exercise of care that a reasonable writer is normally expected to take before submitting to a publication or self-publishing or an act with a certain standard of care.

If you’re guessing and supposing all over yourself then you have not practiced due diligence. Here’s another way to look at it.

Screenshot by author, Source

Fact-checking is a thing for a reason. If you want educated readers to take you seriously then write like it. If you’re just here for the money then keep doing what you do. Spreading “facts” that aren’t even facts at all. I hear there’s huge money to be made in that arena.

And if you’re thinking that Terry is just being Terry take a look at this. It came out the same day I wrote my piece. Wonder if she read the same swill I did.

95% Of Readers Don’t Give a Hoot If There’s No Source Provided for Statistics in A Blog Post
After all, if a stat says “it’s so”, then it MUST be so. Right?writingcooperative.com


Originally published in The Blade Oct 10, 2021