Recently, I read a short article on Ragan’s PR Daily by staff writer Lindsay Goldwert about the spelling error emblazoned across a tunic made by the clothing company Wet Seal. The huge silver lettering on the shirt says “If Your Single, So Am I.” The spelling of the word your, which should have been the contraction/combination of you and are– you’re, was supposedly intentional. But why any company would want to broadcast it’s lack of spelling skills blows my mind; I wouldn’t want to wear a shirt that has such a thoughtless error in giant letters across my chest. That would pretty much make me look ignorant. Therefore, I decided to compile a short list of ways to avoid grammatical errors on blogs so that you will have more readers interested in the things that you post.
- Write your post in a separate document such as Microsoft Word or Mac Pages before you post it directly into the ‘add new post’ composing section. This will automatically spellcheck your post and allow for fewer errors.
- Read and re-read your post OUT-LOUD! So many people just read through their writing once (in their head) and think that they have no errors. Start reading your posts out-loud and you’ll see how many more errors you catch.
- Last, but not least, ask someone to quickly read over your posts for you before you publish them. I’m sure that you know someone who can glance over your writing–a parent, friend, roommate, et cetera. And you’ll be surprised when they point out errors that you failed to see. This is because you know what you want to say in your head since you’re the author, so you’ll often fill in words when they really aren’t there!
Hope these tips will help you to spell better and look, well, smarter! -Emily
oh and here’s a few funny errors…