My writing has gone crap. <--- See
I look at my older E2 nodes, and I actually can't believe I wrote them
-- and they're not even that good.
2-3 years of writing absolutely tons everyday on a forum has probably accelerated rather than slowed this entropy. It seems that where the semi-formal
structure of E2 writing improved (and allowed me to develop at all) my style, the freeform nature of the forum destroyed it - even though I do my utmost to stick to rigorous grammar and spelling when posting.
I think it is the style issue that's at the heart of this, and my job has probably affected it too. The need to write 'business' language as well as the chatty nature of forum posting has turned what style I had into a lucid and clear, but utterly plain
and conversational style
with no discernable features. My writing has always been somewhat too conversational, but I think it's been pushed over the precipice now. A journalist friend
of mine told me he'd spent a year as a teacher before starting his career because he wanted to 'practise' his writing. This makes more sense to me now than ever.
A solution would be to start posting here again. Time is short, though. We shall see.
Forgive me if the first few end up just being daylogs