Thursday, April 16, 2009

on why i'm all about the lower case

my guest post is now up at turning*turning. i'd like to thank mal* very much for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on my creative space with her readers. and i urge you to all go check it out and do stay to read her blog as well, there's lots of good stuff there!


one interesting thing that happened to me while i was working with mal on polishing the post, was that for the first time, i put some thought into why i don't use traditional capital letters in my blog writing. these days, i find that i'm so accustomed to NOT capitalizing (except for dramatic effect), it's actually a bit difficult for me in my work-related writing to use proper capitals.

i found myself explaining to mal why i didn't use capital letters and what came out was interesting, even to myself, because until i typed it out, i honestly hadn't thought about it before. i had completely unconsciously decided not to use capitals and as it turns out, it was for a very good reason. it was actually the first step in my healing process after leaving my job.

you see, the company, which religiously uses personality profiling and a logic test in their recruitment process, uses those scores as part of their plot to build you into a little ego machine..flattering you that only the best of the best get in to work for them...and you become this very Me Me Me I Am So Great person. it's actually a diabolical part of how they convince you to work 60 hours a week and travel 200 days a year and more than a little ironic in light of the fact that one of the company values is supposedly "humbleness." i realized that i abandoned the capital letters when i began blogging because it felt like a way to step away from that over-inflated ego/sense of importance i had acquired working there.

so that's why although you may still see plenty of traces of ego here on moments of perfect clarity, you don't see that many capital letters.

12 comments:

It's Just Me said...

thank you because - I have thought about this more than once. I thought it might have to do with writing articles and the editing process... who knows what happens when this mind wanders!

p.s. 70 and growing I see - you rock! (oops that goes against the ego thing, doesn't it)

Dave King said...

Interesting... I mostly do use capitals, but writing poetry cannot bring myself to place a capital at the start of each line in the traditional way. It just seems to change the character of the poem and the way it is looked upon. I don't have a philosophy to back this up, but because of it I found your post absorbing.

Char said...

I've never thought about it but I go back and forth between the two - sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. The only times it bothers me is with I/i. Weird huh - is that an ego thing? How Freudian.

kristina said...

I've never thought about you not using capitals. it's interesting how you could see a reason why you chose not too use them.

willow said...

I always wondered why you didn't use capitalization! I find it a little hard to read your posts without them. But now I know you have a good reason! :^)

Polly said...

I have actually noticed that a while back and I always thought about it as your signature style - no capitals. It's interesting and different and stylish, I wish I thought about that first :-)

Thanks

Polly x

beth said...

I'm a lower case girl myself...but like lanie {char} there is that i/I thing I struggle with too....it just has to be I I I if I'm taking about me me me......

Magpie said...

Ah.

BTW - I loved the post about your studio - and it made me drool.

Delwyn said...

i like the lower case julie


P.S. I am still posting. Blogger has a problem and my new posts are not being feed to other bloggers' bloglists so it appears as if I am stuck with Florence!

I am feeling very lonely today!

Cheeky Monkey said...

interesting. i find it's harder to use lower case, actually. that it takes more discipline not to capitalize--especially the personal pronoun i, ironically enough. i'll start something in uncaps, because i, oh don't know, want to be cool like julie, and before i know it, the caps sneak in. so what does that say about *my* personality?

-Gwen

The Nudist Hopes To Get Your Attention!! said...

Very interesting blog! I hope mine are as interesting!

Elizabeth said...

Too bad Mal stopped blogging. Always loved to read her posts.