No more smiley for me. A very innocuous comment at another blog hit the nail right where it penetrates. Smileys DO insult the intelligence of the reader. In fact, the same goes for exclamation marks, which I use in plenty. Says Scott Fitzgerald - "Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
So, in future, when I write (if I write, I should add, considering that I am still groping around in dark), if you notice any smileys or exclamation marks that tumbled out of my fingers due to sheer routine, club me on my head. I shall duly apologise and obliterate the offending piece.
My resolution for a later year (may be a decade hence) would be to do away with brackets. I am still deeply attached to brackets to let them go now.