As I read many blogs and posts in order to find ideas for my own posts on Writing Quality Content for your blog, I notice that:
1) The subject matter and knowledge of subject matter of most websites is “outstanding.” People know their stuff. They know what they are passionate about. They seem to really love what they are doing and that is “attractive.” However,
2) when it comes to ‘content’ as differentiated from subject matter, 4 out of every 5 posts I read have some very obvious and embarrassing grammatical, spelling, context or copy write errors.
If we want our simple but fantastic subject matter to be eventually reviewed and perhaps posted by a well-known and influential on-line magazines within our niches, we need to be as grammatically correct and content appropriate as possible.
I have been using Grammarly since day one of my writing of my posts. I have a bachelor’s degree and some post-grad classes, have been writing all my life and still I am surprised at all the grammatical, sentence structure and spelling mistakes that Grammarly picks up in my writing. Sometimes I think that brilliant people like us think faster than we write and then move on to our next task before proofreading what we have written.
Well, Grammarly takes care of our proofreading for us by checking our English for correct grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and more.
I was able to put the basic Grammarly App on my Chrome and Firefox browsers for free. If I was using Safari browser, I would be able to put Grammarly on it as well. I have been using the free version for months now and it works very, very well, however, I am going to upgrade in order to take advantage of all the help they give in cleaning up and making my posts article ready quality.
This sounds like a real ad pitch and frankly it is.
I feel like a real ‘Pro’ when using Grammarly. Just one less thing to have to worry about with my on-line content.
You will still have to provide the magical ‘subject matter.’ But I really urge and encourage everyone to put Grammarly upgraded on all of your web browsers.
Here is an excerpt from a post by Meg Dowell
Meg is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine, a guest contributor with Lifehack and SuccessStory.com and a guest blogger for Food & Nutrition Magazine. She is an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner and has also written for Teen Ink and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.
I discovered something soul-crushing: two websites whose copywriters and content editors allowed the use of “towards” on their web pages.
These were semi-credible organizations, not blogs or sketchy dot coms. I’m still in a state of shock that I came across not one, but two of these grammatical crimes in a row. Do you think I used anything I found on those pages for my article, or even finished reading them through? If you guessed no, you’re my new favorite person.
You might have great ideas, and the potential to make people really listen to what you have to say. If your writing shocks people the way these writers shocked me—and “shock” here is not used in a positive light, either—you’re not going to get very far. Here’s what you might be missing in your own online work, and you can do, as a writer, to make sure you’re not even unintentionally ruining your own credibility.
Infuriating the Internet’s Grammar Enforcement Squad
If you’ve been writing for a while—and hopefully, if you’re posting online, you have—you’re no stranger to basic grammar and style laws. Avoid starting sentences with because. Set an excellent example, not a awful one. However, based on my recent findings, it’s clear some rules are less commonly followed in the general online community, and in all honesty, you’re going to draw the wrong kind of attention from editors and the like if you’re not careful.
I can’t speak for all editors, but when I’m doing basic research and stumble upon an article or web page with obvious (to me) grammar mistakes, I hit the back button. I stop reading. This is neither good for you nor the publication, website or organization you’re writing for. Know the audience you are writing for and what style you should be following, then follow it. (Side note: AP Stylebook says, “toward, forward, afterward”).
6 Responses to “Three Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Credibility as a Writer (and How to Fix Them)”
March 23, 2015 at 7:39 AM
Your ‘towards’ using writers could just be English (or other British). I have a similar reaction towards ‘toward’.
Novelty Revisions says:
March 23, 2015 at 11:55 AM
I hadn’t thought about the possible difference in dialect. Unfortunately I’m more familiar with AP Style than any other style (I hope to expand my horizons, of course) and am just used to many of its rules. It’s not “wrong” – just something to get used to I suppose. It was mainly the fact that I stumbled upon it written that way twice in a row that startled me!
March 23, 2015 at 12:35 PM
American English is so prevalent that I’m probably more used to seeing alternatives than you are. There are some Americanisms that drive me up the wall (‘I could care less’ is one that will have me immediately close the tab for fear of starting an argument), but for the most part I hardly notice them. It’s like being bilingual.
Novelty Revisions says:
March 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM
You must mean the argument that it’s “could care less” when the proper phrase is of course “couldn’t care less,” as in, “They could not care any less about the claims of the grammatically ignorant.” Segue – contractions have ruined English regardless of the dialect. I wish we did not use them. I am trying to train myself not to write them so often for reasons similar to the above.
Or, to summarize: I agree with you. 🙂
March 23, 2015 at 1:15 PM
It depends on what I’m writing. I’d never use contractions in academic writing, but in fiction they sound unnatural and clunky, unless you’re going for an archaic feel. Every function has its form, as it were.
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March 27, 2015 at 6:19 PM
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