I love reading blogs. I have over 200 blogs that I’m subscribed to that discuss a variety of topics. What can I say? I love information. This isn’t about my love for blogs. It’s something that I have been seeing more and more of when I get to the comments area. There is always one person (or more) who has to say something like “Yeah ummm…you misspelled this word” or “How can I take you seriously if you can’t even get the grammar right?”
I have always said that you should have someone else edit your work. You have more of a chance of skipping over spelling mistakes and grammatical errors when it’s your own writing. However, when you are writing your own blog posts, you usually don’t have that luxury. Yes, coming back a couple of hours later and editing your writing helps. Or, you can also start on the last sentence and read backwards. This way you are reading each sentence independent to the one before it.
We are still human and will make mistakes. If I’m reading a great review on a new bike, and the person accidentally forgets a letter in a word, does that really make it hard for you to understand his review? Or if someone is writing about how to keep up with your goals, can you give the person the benefit of the doubt if she forgets a comma? I know there has been a huge debate about how bloggers are butchering the English language, and how journalists think they are better than bloggers. Like I stated before, bloggers usually don’t have editors who can go around with a red pen or turn on track changes and catch all the mistakes for them. We usually have to rely on ourselves to do the editing as well. We also have faster turnaround times, so we don’t have a formal editing process that companies, government agencies, magazines, and newspapers have.
If you really can’t let go of that one grammatical mistakes, then send the blogger a private note letting him/her know about it.
I have seen some blogs that have a huge disregard for grammar. However, the ones I am referring to are the ones who have made one or two mistakes in like a year.
On purpose, I didn’t edit this post.