Proofreading: A Simple Blogging Tip
If you want your blog to sound professional, you should always proofread your articles! You definitely don’t want your articles to be filled with typos and grammatical errors. When facing grammar we are not all equals and proofreading may require more efforts and more time for some than others.
English is not my first language
You can never skip the proofreading step before publishing an article on my blog. Especially if English is not your first language. For example, the first language I learned speaking, reading and writing is French. Even if I started learning English when I was still quite young (maybe 8 or 9 years old), I am making a lot of grammatical errors.
Plan your articles
In order to make sure your articles are not filled with errors, you should always try to write your articles a few days ahead of publishing (at least 2 days).
Use Firefox to write articles in WordPress
The first step is generally writing the article directly in WordPress post editor when using Firefox. The good thing about Firefox is that it has a build-in spell-checker.
Preview your article
Once you like the overall flow of the article, you can schedule the post publication, then you should use the preview button to take a look at the article without all the html code in it. Reading the article 2 or 3 times this way, you should generally spot the grammar errors. Then you might want to let the article aside and work on something else.
Take your time
The second day, you should read the article 2 or 3 more times. With your head cooled-off, you can generally see errors that you missed on the first day.
Correct errors even after publishing
Once your article is published, take a few minutes to read it one last time, and if you spot an error, correct it as soon as possible. If one of your readers spots a typo and use the comment to let you know, don’t be upset, they are doing this to help you.
What about you? What are your steps to proofread your articles before publishing?
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