When I used the word “was”, it was not an indicator of life status to Donovan rather it had more to…
Bobbie L. Washington

Sigh…where to begin?

1) “Thanks for writing, I’ll fix the error (mislabeling the song I Don’t Know Your Name).” You’re welcome.

2) Yes, it was obvious what your intent was, but that doesn’t excuse your improper usage. It should have read “Donovan is a Scottish…who was very popular in the ’60s and ‘70s…”. Additionally, the sentence in your email which starts with “For a particular generation…” is a dependent clause, and thus incomplete, as it lacks a clear subject or predicate. That sentence is thus meaningless.

3) What you wrote in your email regarding Gossip Girl is so rushed and poorly written that it’s hard to figure out exactly what you’re trying to say. Are you saying that the inclusion of Gossip Girl on the EP was addressed to her newer fans? (How would you know? I’ve monitored everything she’s been saying and haven’t heard that thought from her.) Or are you saying that what you wrote was addressed to her newer fans? The fact is that at the time her AGT audition aired, Grace had about 200,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. During her time on the show that number rose to over 800,000. Gossip Girl has been available on her channel since August 18th — 3–1/2 months ago, so those 600,000 have had the chance to hear it since then, along with any others who visited but didn’t subscribe. And what “rule” is her core fan base an exception to?

You know, Bobbie, if you’re going to put yourself out there as a quasi-professional writer, you have to learn to take criticism in the proper spirit. Be like the mathematician who puts a theory out there for review by others in the field. The reviews and criticism and suggestions aren’t personal; they have to do with the work product. Your work product is not you, but your lengthy, muddled response above reminds me of nothing so much as a child defending its toys.

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