Saturday, November 1, 2008

Wordsmith FAQs

Question: What is the definition of a wordsmith?

Answer: states that a wordsmith is:

"A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally."
"An expert on words."
"A person who works with words; a skillful writer."

All of the above are true, and yet there is more to being a wordsmith, at least according to my interpretation of the word.

To me, a wordsmith is someone who cares passionately about words (a good example would be the poets Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas), and wishes to convey thoughts carefully in the words that are chosen to be written. A true wordsmith is ever mindful of how one's words will affect others, and it is a serious responsibility.

I chose the name "Conservative Wordsmith" after several hours of research, looking into archaic dictionaries for the perfect words for my Townhall blog name, which was where this all started on May 31, 2007.

I never had a block before the above date, didn't really know anything about blogging, and taught myself whatever I needed to know. Knowledge never ends, by the way, and if you happen to be one of those persons who thinks that it does, all I can tell you is that you're wrong.

Question: What about the conservative part? You don't always seem to be that conservative.

Answer: My unique take on conservatism stems from the fact that I used to be a liberal, and I fully understand both sides of the political spectrum. That conservative political understanding is intricately tied up with my conservative religious beliefs also.

I used to be passionately interested in New Age teachings, and have long abandoned these in favor of faith in the loving Savior of the World, the Lord Jesus Christ. His grace and forgiveness has brought me to this point in my life, a pivotal place of turmoil and change, and, were it not for Him, I well might not be here today to write these serious words.

Question: So the Conservative Wordsmith ™ is human like all of us?

Answer: Yes, so sorry to disappoint you, but I am all too human, and don't ever be fooled into thinking that anyone you know or esteem is perfect, because the only perfect and sinless one who ever walked this earth is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, either by making a comment on one of my blog posts, or by email. You can write to me, Conservative Wordsmith ™ Susan Baldwin, at
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