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I am not about the numbers

As E.E. Cummings* wrote, “i am a little church (no great cathedral).” Like all who blog on subjects of a minority interest to a tiny audience, I prefer to reflect on the quality of my readership rather than the quantity. Thus I don’t put much stock in competitions, which I am unlikely to win anyhow.

But the annual Mobbies competition at for the best local blogs also includes a category for the best Sun blog, and since I am part of the Enterprise down on Calvert Street, I don’t feel quite right about ignoring it.

If you would like to nominate You Don’t Say for the competition, you may do so through 5 p.m. today at The actual voting will run October 31 through November 10.

This is not public radio, so I will not hector you repeatedly about the nomination or the voting. We will return shortly to our regularly scheduled quibbling.


*Yes, he capitalized his name. This is not up for debate.



Posted by John McIntyre at 10:21 AM | | Comments (1)


Good luck, John! You should be the winner! Absolutely! And thank you so much for your blog. You're a great teacher! :)

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About John McIntyre
John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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