Ha, Your Clever Titles Don’t Fool Me

Anthony Fantano, Source: YouTube,

Yeah, that “power” word caught my attention. You said ‘stop!’ or insulted me and everything I hope and believe in right off the bat.

Nice, I see what you did there.

Well done, partner.

But I know what you’re up to…

You can’t fool me!

Medium has two teams; actually, it’s sort of like a Venn diagram — you know like the overlapping bubble thing you forgot about from grade school? Yeah, that.

  • On one side, you have readers.
  • On the other, lives the writers.

A small group of us fall into that overlapping part. We like both!

But it’s painful to do both.

Not to undermine your intelligence, but writers think in very different terms than plain ole’ readers.

We’ve got tactics, bro. We have strategies. You are the prey and we are the fierce predator coming straight for your… attention!

Ah 😱

So yeah, when you understand and use these writing tips, tricks, and tactics, you easily recognize when someone else is employing them.

And this is why it’s difficult to seamlessly switch from writer to reader (at least for me).

Cause I know what you’re trying to do — I know what you’re trying to get me to do, or think, or feel, what with all that clever scripture.

And no, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t blame you for trying!

(I do the same hehe)

But personally, as a reader, I just feel dirty sometimes… like I’m consenting to manipulation by clicking on your clickbait title.

Errgh.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.