The Importance of Editing

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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.

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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.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. For many bloggers, English is not their first language, therefore they lack the educational background in spelling, grammar, diction etc.
  3. 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.

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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:

  1. Grammarly (FREE)
  2. Hemingway Editor (19.99)
  3. Google Docs   (FREE)

 

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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The Importance of Editing
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Lack of editing can make your content lose its value. It creates the difference between the reader who will revisit your blog versus the reader who is turned off by garammtical errors and won't revisit.
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23 thoughts on “The Importance of Editing

  1. Hi! Just dropping by to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog on my recent journey into blogging and I just wanted to share the love. Check out my acceptance post to learn how to accept your nomination: https://mysocalledcrunchylife.com/2017/09/06/blogger-recognition-award/

    Thanks for inspiring me, 
    Marie @ My So Called Crunchy Life

    1. OMG! Thank you so much. I don’t even know what to say. What an amazing surprise. WOW!! I can’t wait to share this! Thanks so much AGAIN!

      1. As for inspiring you, that’s the best compliment anyone has ever given me. So thank you for saying that.

      2. I mean it! All the lovely bloggers I nominated have great content and ideas and I’m glad to share the love!

  2. Although I believe my English is good (it can always be better), I’m sort of guilty of this and I learned it the hard way. The thing is, I often write my posts after I get home from work and as much as I love the writing process, I hate everything that has to be done after it; editing included.

    But I agree, if you want something done, the only way to do it is the correct way – proofreading included.

    P.S. This is just a friendly advice. When you’ve subscribed to my blog, the notification told me the link to your blog is fantabulous40s.wordpress.com, but as I see, you’ve switched to the custom domain. I’d just suggest to update this in your wordpress account so it becomes easier for us readers to get to your blog. Cheers and best of luck 🙂

    1. Truth is editing sucks but it’s a necessary evil and so time consuming. Lol.
      thanks so much for letting me know. I’m new to self hosting so I had not idea.

  3. I love that you shared tools, and the recommendation to step away from the article and come back to it. I often find that my brain is working in the background. If I step away and come back, I often find I have new insights and approaches available to me.

    1. Yes. Always best to walk away and let the mind breathe and the eyes refresh. You see errors that tired eyes won’t see. Glad you liked!

  4. I agree 100%. It’s just a major turn off when someone hasn’t taken the time to edit — sadly I think it creates the assumption of ignorance and immaturity. However, I’m not that snobby when I know the author isn’t a native English speaker. My husband has been here for 15+ years and STILL sometimes mixes up he/she.

    1. Thank you for reading. I know what you mean. I try and stick it through when it’s not a native English speaker and one can pick that up from the types of errors being made. I’m not a native English speaker either and neither are many of my family members so I can definitely relate.

  5. A great article on taking the time to re-read and edit your blog. I am a great believer in good grammar and good spelling. Poor spelling is a real distraction from the article that the blogger has taken time to write. Although, I agree, if the person’s not a native English speaker that’s different.

  6. I agree with this. English isn’t my first language, but I’m sort of well-versed with English grammar, punctuation, and syntax (copyeditor here!). Though sometimes I do feel guilty about not proofreading my articles thoroughly before publishing them lol

    1. Lol. If you read the comment thread here you will see that you are not alone. I edit and edit and edit and then weeks later after I’ve published I find mistakes and ugh… so frustrating. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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