Is this really a bad thing? Blog author Melissa Donovan seems to think so:
Writers who use big words and fancy phrases will not reach the broadest audience possible, and in fact, will turn many potential readers away. Who wants to expend a whole lot of energy to decipher a short story or understand a blog post? When a writer tries to come off as brilliant by using complex language, the effort usually outshines the material.
Personally I'm not so sure it's a bad thing to exhibit my intelligence. I wouldn't say that I write in a manner that excludes people... I'm pretty sure that anyone I know could chime in and join the conversation. And I don't know many geniuses. So what is it about a post that makes the reading a genius level read? I'm very curious what standards this particular website is using on making that assessment.
Thoughts? Do I need to dumb this down, so to speak?