The Importance of Proofreading and Writing Well
May 27, 2008
I’ve always stressed the fact that bloggers always need to proofread and edit their posts at least once or twice before they hit the publish button. You need to proofread your article’s title, its subtitles, headlines, paragraphs, and every word you’ve written. Apart from that, a blogger should make sure that all the links in their posts work and point where they should. The images and formatting should all be checked over and in place before the post even sees the light of day. However, some bloggers don’t understand this concept and think it’s no big deal if their articles contain errors.
But it is a big deal, as you can lose valuable readers and subscribers if the quality of your writing is low. For example, I was just browsing through my Google Reader subscriptions today and started to read three articles I hadn’t checked yet under one new blog I’d subscribed to. In the first article, I noticed several bad English mistakes and even a few misspelled words (and that was only in the first paragraph), which definitely wasn’t giving me a good impression. However, I continued, and noticed that all three of the posts were this way. After that, I made a mental note to unsubscribe from this blog when I got the chance.
I’m not saying that each article should be completely perfect, and I understand that everyone makes mistakes – I do all the time. But by having a professional blog, you’re putting yourself in the business of writing, so you should at least take the five to ten minutes required to reread, proofread, and correct your post of all typos before you hit that publish button. Even better, read over it yourself and then get a friend to read over it for you. A second opinion can make a huge difference, and that person can point out errors that you might not have noticed or even known were wrong. You could also get opinions on the post itself, and make sure you’re getting the point across clearly enough.
Part of being a professional and authoritative blogger is making an impact with the articles you create and with your writing, but you won’t ever be able to do that if your work is constantly full of mistakes. Instead of making a good impression and leaving people in awe, or making them think that they need to subscribe because they can’t miss anymore of your articles, you’ll be giving them the opposite reaction.
So the next time you write something, make a promise to yourself and to your readers that you’ll look over and edit it before releasing it. Write, reread, proofread, edit, get a second opinion from someone you trust, and then rinse and repeat. If you really want to make a bang with your articles, consider trying other helpful tips to improve your writing. Set a schedule, create outlines and rough drafts, and more. Don’t waste a good idea on a poor quality post, especially when that idea could be a big winner. Steal the spotlight and make an impact with your writing. With your new post, take the quality up a notch and leave your readers pleasantly surprised.
To read how you can fully write that killer post, check out an article I wrote in the past, 8 Ways to Write a High Quality Post, which contains ideas for preparing, researching, writing, and more.
Good luck with writing that excellent post, let us know how it goes, and if you need any help feel free to ask. The comments are open, so go ahead and share your experiences with proofreading and writing well, and if you’ve ever unsubscribed or stopped visiting a blog because of the writer’s poor English and spelling mistakes, let us know how you felt.