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From ‘I’ to ‘you’

Was writing email answering questions about blogging and realised that I often do a trick. When I write about my own experiences I often start with I (“I blog because it’s fun”), but somehow in between I switch to talking about you (“when you start blogging you often discover how fun it is”).

So, a bit of wondering:

  • Wonder how far this observation is true (didn’t do any analysis of my blog posts, this is just what I think about how I write – should be easy to check :)? Are there others doing something similar?
  • Wonder what does it do to those who read it? Helps to associate with my experiences? Helps to build trust? Gets into (un)critical mode?
  • Is there a similar trick in whatever “how to write/speak” recommendations?

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2005/05/02.html#a1572; comments are here.

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