Too excited to post your work just as soon as you finish it?
Can’t be bothered to check over it? Don’t think anybody will notice your mistakes anyway?
Though it can be tiresome and annoying to read over your work before clicking publish, it’s important to make sure your blog posts use correct grammar.
There are many reasons why expressing your understanding of grammar in a post is extremely important.
Poor grammar could suggest many things about a person. Using proper grammar not only makes your writing seem more credible, but it is also a big part of how you as a writer present yourself to the readers.
Showing fewer mistakes implies that you pay close attention not only to your writing, but to details in general. This, of course, suggests how you will perform in other work related tasks or on other projects.
As in any professional or social situation, the way in which one presents him or herself is important.
This is just as true offline as it is online.
As a blogger, you want your readers to have a good impression of you and your work. You want individuals to be able to come to your site and find information, whatever it may be, that they can benefit from.
"...read over the article at least four different times total. Doing so will increase your chances of catching all mistakes."
As a writer, you want your writing to reach an audience.
If you, as a reader, found yourself on a page full of grammar mistakes and illegible writing, you would be more likely to close the page and search for a new source of information that appeared to be written better, seeming more credible. As unfair as it may seem, grammar greatly impacts the credibility of a work. You can have an article written by the most intellectual person you could think of, but if his writing is poorly written with a mess full of grammar mistakes, his thoughts will not reach people with the same effect they otherwise would.
Of course it is perfectly normal for people to make mistakes, especially when they are trying to quickly gather their ideas and get them out without losing any. It could be hard to pay much attention to grammar and word choice while doing so.
This is why it is extremely important to look your work over at least a few times before submitting it anywhere, if not send it to an editor.
When editing your own work there are two ways to read it over.
Obviously, the first way is to read the words and understand their meanings in order to make sure that your message is getting across and that you’ve said all you wanted to say.
The second way, however, is to read word by word, only thinking about the words, where each one is placed, and what each one contributes to the sentence.
Doing this will allow you to put aside the content of the article and concentrate on the writing and the grammar.
This ensures not only that there are no visible mistakes, but that the sentences are structured and worded in the best ways possible.
It is important to apply these techniques at least twice, meaning read over the article at least four different times total. Doing so will increase your chances of catching all mistakes.
Though editing your own work might seem cheaper and easier, having someone else read over your work, if possible, is always a great idea.
Sometimes it can be harder to catch your own mistakes because you already have an idea of what the words should say.
This makes it more likely that your mind will make corrections without even allowing your conscious self to acknowledge that it’s doing so.
Hopefully these points helped you understand the importance of not only checking over your work, but being more careful when you write.
"when editing your own work there are two ways to read it over."