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Since I started my blog about two and a half months ago, I have been reading other bloggers’ posts more often than ever.
One thing that always jumps out at me, almost immediately, is the lack of editing the writer has done. More likely than not, if the first and second paragraph contain an average of 5-10 spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, I won’t continue reading.
You may think me a snob for doing this but I assure you, that is not the case. When I read someone’s post, I want to concentrate on the content, not on their errors. When a post contains 5-10 grammatical errors in the first two paragraphs alone, it is very distracting and shows that the author did not take the time to proof read their work or run it through the editor of the software they are using. This can make them seem careless or just plain lazy.
The value of editing
It is always very surprising to me, that so often I find errors when I read blogs. We have so many resources available to help us with spellcheck and grammar, yet these writers fail to do one of the most crucial parts of their job, which is to provide good content.
Without proof reading to eliminate spelling and grammatical errors, I am of the opinion, that the content loses its value.
Bloggers are often so focused on getting the perfect images to include on their posts, that they ignore the importance of editing; and why not? This is the advice they get on just about every article about writing successful blogs.
Yes, a picture does say a thousand words. But an unedited post speaks negative volumes as to both the writer and the quality of the content.
3 Reasons why bloggers don’t edit
I believe the lack of editing, along with the reason stated above, stems from 3 reasons in particular
- That disease so many people suffer from today called “instant gratification.” You write the post and you want to publish it right away because you can’t wait to see all those likes and comments. Proof reading gets in the way of that.
- For many bloggers, English is not their first language, therefore they lack the educational background in spelling, grammar, diction etc.
- Bloggers think that if their blog deals with beauty, art, technology or anything of a visual or technical nature, readers won’t care about the errors because that is not the focus of their blog.
If you fall under any of the 3 categories listed above, you want to be respected as a writer, and your blog means something to you, then you owe it to yourself and your blog, to edit everything you write before you hit that “publish” button.
Someone is judging your blog based on the errors you’re not catching, trust me, I am not the only one.
Don’t save time on editing
Proof reading or editing only takes a few minutes. Invest the time in it, as it could mean the difference between a reader who actually reads your blog versus one who gets turned off by it due to errors. The latter won’t be returning to your site.
We are living in the 21st century. Gone are the days of quills, fountain pens and manual typewriters. There is no reason for anyone not to have the ability to edit their posts.
Anyone with a computer or a mobile phone has access to editing tools. Why not use them? If you are a blogger on WordPress (either free or self-hosted), the editor is available right at the top of the page.
Other software available to help you edit are:
Revisions are refreshing
You should write your post, run it through any of the above editing tools and then take a break from it. Come back to it a few hours later or even a day or two with a fresh mind.
You will be surprised what a fresh mind and fresh eyes will show you. After you do this, run it through the editor again so you can catch any remaining errors.
Doing this, will help you not only see grammatical errors but it will also help you put your content in the proper order giving it an easy flow, making it easier for your reader to follow.
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