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Proofreading: A Simple Blogging Tip

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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.

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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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15 Comments

  1. Justin Dupre

    One of the common mistakes bloggers make is wrong spellings. This makes the reader doubt your article and the writer. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Making a lot of grammatical errors can really hurt your image as it makes you look unprofessional.

  2. John

    Making 5 spelling mistakes on every line can highly damage your image in your readers’ eyes!

  3. Flash Games

    Making extensive use of the Timestamps to schedule your posts is a MUST !

    1. You have no idea how much I am using this functionality !

    2. Flash Games

      Me too.

  4. Samie

    I can’t stand errors in articles. I really think everybody should proofread their work. Too many people write bad articles.

  5. Gorman

    I am very careful when writing. I always proofread my work because you never know who is reading it. Guess I want to put my best foot forward.

    1. you should also remember that your articles will potentially stay online forever! Do you want to be remembered as someone who didn’t even make the effort to write in a proper way?

    2. Gorman

      Exactly my point. I am thinking about doing an Amazon Kindle book. Some of the kindle books I have purchased quite a few needed proofreading. It ruins the whole experience for me.

  6. Liz

    I guess if you preview the article and you take the time to review the mistakes you can catch it before it is published. If you have already published then there is no harm in editing it afterwards. Better than leaving it.

  7. First Website

    Yes I have made the odd mistake. I usually try and correct it but sometimes the odd scar does make it’s way out.

  8. Shad

    I tend to think quicker than I type and then I generally make typos trying to keep up with the brain. it’s a bad habit of mine. I must either slow down or learn to type faster.

  9. Jony

    Always always check your work. it is absolutely vital.

  10. Mitch

    I have to admit I get a lot of mistakes in my articles.