One blogging problem is awkward: I want to use “I” too much when I write.
- A way out is to use the passive voice: “It is a problem when the pronoun “I” is overly used when writing a piece.”
- Another is to drop the troublesome pronoun from the sentence, leaving the reader to imply that it is there: “When I write a blog piece, want to use the pronoun “I” too often.”
- The fallback is to ignore the awkwardness and sprinkle in all the “Is” that pop out, willy-nilly, in the first draft. “When I write a blog piece, I want to use the pronoun “I” too often.
The first person singular feels awfully self-absorbed when it is unsparingly. It leaves the reader with a grating, “too full of herself” impression of the writer. It’s almost as if the writer’s musings carry a double whammy: the writer and the person whose impressions are being communicated are both actors in the same sentence.
We English-speakers have a work-around in the Editorial “We.” Monarchs and Popes use the Royal “We” as well. We find that the curse lessens when the editorial we takes the place of “I.”
We are switching over for a while to see if it saves time and effort. And we welcome your feedback, especially a couple of posts downstream.