Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Humor is very important to me but I decided to not use 'funny' spelling in a title


I designed and wore the shirt shown above when I went to the hospital to be treated for a kidney stone. It made people laugh and laughter is the best medicine. Most people are too serious most of the time but I’m frequently able to find humor when others can’t, like when I'm awaiting surgery. Most people who know me (except for those who hate me) probably think I'm a pretty funny guy.

My wife often complains that I have a reckless sense of humor and I “go too far.” She’s afraid that I’m going to get into trouble like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin. I think artistic expression outranks domestic tranquility. In my domicile, we have much more expression than tranquility.

Sometimes humor can backfire and hurt the joker. I  contemplated that possibility and slightly changed the titles and covers of two recent books. My efforts at humor could limit my books' sales and my income, so I decided that it would be better for me to be more serious than I had planned. 

Both initial titles had intentional spelling errors. I had assumed that every potential reader would realize that. But maybe they won't. Maybe some super-serious (or stupid?) people would think I accidentally made the errors and didn't catch them and fix them.
  • Maybe some people would think I'm guilty of the same shortcomings that I criticize in others. (Heaven forbid!)
  • Another reason to not have deliberate misspellings in a book's title is that search engines like Google don't understand jokes (at least, not yet). They will index the misspelled term, and anyone looking for links to the properly spelled phrase will not find my books. That's not good.
Old and New, #1


Old and New, #2


Of course, just because I made these books more serious doesn't mean that I'll stop laughing, even at myself.



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