Perhaps you've noticed, over the past few weeks, Word Nerd (er, um, I mean me) trying to refer to the writer of this blog (again, me) as "Word Nerd" like an overblown third-person (and perhaps schizophrenic) point of view. Word Nerd/I was encouraged to try this technique by my fellow colleague and blogger, Streetwise. Streetwise's advice was that the use of the Word Nerd in place of a personal pronoun would help readers relate.
What it seems like it's done to Word Nerd, I mean me, is make for some complicated sentences in trying to talk about myself entirely in the third person. It makes me cringe, even shudder, somewhat internally, hearing the voices of former English teachers telling me never to refer to myself as the "writer" or "the author" in a piece. The Word Nerd-in-place-of-me-or-I trend is just that, I think, and makes me want to go beg forgiveness from my teachers who taught me better than this.
So, Word Nerd is /I am contemplating scrapping this experiment and saying "me" or "I" when I mean "me" or "I" instead of having to redraft sentences multiple times to use "Word Nerd" instead. But, before I do, I'm curious if Streetwise was right?
Do you, the reader, find the Word Nerd references more personable? Cumbersome? Overused? Annoying? Let Word Nerd know. Or me.