Blog Quality Check: Your Grammar Must Be Spotless
I’ve always been one of those people who thinks faster than they can talk, I think most people are like that.
The mind processes information at amazing speeds.
And I’m also certain that most people think faster than they can type.
With your mind moving at warp speed and your fingers trailing along at a snail’s pace, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make mistakes.
But it’s important to correct as many of those mistakes as possible for three reasons:
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- You lose credibility if your post is loaded with spelling and grammar errors
- You look like you don’t care, and if you don’t, why should your readers?
- All those mistakes are distracting for your readers. Especially if they have to make a conscious effort to figure out what you’re trying to say.
Like I said, mistakes are an inevitable part of blogging.
But here are some steps you can take minimize the problem:
- Use spell check – This will catch a lot of spelling errors but it’s by no means foolproof.
- Use a dictionary – If you’re not sure how to spell something, look it up. Even spell check makes mistakes. Bookmark a dictionary and use it.
- Use a thesaurus – If you’re not sure it’s the right word, use a thesaurus and find one that works. Bookmark a thesaurus today, too.
- Bookmark writing tips sites – Grammar rules can be tricky. Spend some time this week bookmarking some good writing tips sites and start studying.
- Read more – A lot of grammar rules are based on common sense and you just pick them up through osmosis. Of course, you have to pick them up somewhere, which means if you read more you’ll learn more.
- Take your time – Take your time while you’re writing, take time to re-read before you publish, take time to look up definitions, spellings and rules. In short – put more time and effort into producing a quality, well-written post. It’s worth it.
And now, how about some homework?
Leave a comment and share your most frustrating word or grammar rule.
Having trouble with commas?
Don’t know when to use there’s or theirs, your or you’re, or to, too, or two?
Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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