When I make a hilarious joke on social media it's easy to put an emoji/emoticon/smiley on the end. 😀
But sometimes I want to set the context and make a more reasoned argument over a paragraph or so. I might put something funny in the middle 😛. Should I put the emoji before or after the full stop? It seems no matter which way round I write, it just looks wrong to me. Here, the emoji makes the period feel a bit orphaned.
The alternative is to put the emoji after the full stop. 🤔 But when I follow this with another sentence, it feels like the emoji is now attached to the latter rather than former sentence. I can't win.
I particularly can't win when I need to put more than one emoji in a single paragraph 😧. I easily end up with an inconsistency - some before the period, some after. 🤯
Yes, I might be being slightly pedantic about this, but getting my grammar right on even informal writing is important to me. Get it wrong, and one can look like a clown rather than act like one.