Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Off Topic: Grammar, Does It Matter To You? link to this post

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Okay, I'll admit, I'm a very bad blogger. Well okay, not a bad blogger, but a bad writer. Well okay, not a bad writer, a lazy one. I'm bad a double checking my post for grammatical and spelling errors. See, I already made a mistake. I'm sorry. Even the Blarney can't help me! :( It does bother me when I re-read my own post and find errors, which I do on occassion. But in most cases, I just like getting the idea out of my head and stopping. My thoughts are often discombobulated, and well, just all over the place--funny because the way I write is really the way I am too. Organization is not my forte...I may suffer from some mental disorder yet to be diagnosed. I love elipses and inappropriate punctuations abound? Seriously, everytime I write something and then I re-read, I find at least a few letters or even whole words missing, and I think to myself, "What the heck?!" Like if I meant to write: "In order to portray professionalism to your readers, it is highly recommended that you double check grammar and spelling in your compositions." It will often look like this: "In order to protray professionalism to you're readers it is highly recommended that double check grammar and spelling in your composition." Yuck! So by admitting this, am I committing blogger suicide? How much does grammar affect your readership? Most blogs that I read, are very well written. I'm quite jealous. Do I want to change my blogging style? I guess in a way I do, but at the same time I don't. Hah. Hey it's my blog, and I write however I want! :P What do you think? Warning, I did not re-read this post.


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8 Comments:

At 4/11/2006 08:16:00 AM, Anonymous John said...

Nah, it doesn't matter to me. I'm not sure what blogs you are comparing yourself to, but I believe your writing is fine. I've seen some badly written blogs out there and this isn't one of them. And I believe omitting words from a sentence is common, but don't quote me on that one. It might mean something if it was a frequent occurrence. Professionalism? We're bloggers, not journalists, or a business dealing with customers. Not much need for professionalism, unless you're trying to attract a certain crowd. I believe content, style, opinion, etc. are more important. Oh yeah, and tell Brownie I said hi.

 
At 4/11/2006 08:28:00 AM, Anonymous Tim MMF said...

I haven't come across many problems. You have a very nice blog. Don't sweat it! :)

 
At 4/11/2006 09:35:00 AM, Blogger Tiredbuthappy said...

I haven't noticed any particular sloppiness on your blog.

That said, I think it's worth the time to edit mistakes when you notice them after the fact. I also don't spend a lot of time proofreading my blog, but why would you leave lots of errors in there if you come across them later?

 
At 4/11/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger IRA said...

I find that it helps to write my posts in MS Word (so I can run a spellcheck AND grammar check) before cutting and pasting them over to blogger. Blogger's spellchecker keeps telling me that I'm making up words. So not true!

 
At 4/11/2006 11:10:00 AM, Blogger TADollar said...

Since I come from a writing background, I am very anal about proofreading for grammar and spelling mistakes. They wouldn't stop me from reading someone's post, but I think it's better to correct any errors you find even after posting. It just makes for an easier read and a well-written post.

 
At 4/11/2006 11:12:00 AM, Anonymous LAMoneyGuy said...

Hey, do what you like! If I find errors after posting, I'll fix 'em, unless someone has commented specifically about the error. Then if I fix, any future readers will think, "what was that guy talking about?"

 
At 4/11/2006 01:29:00 PM, Blogger freedumb said...

John, Thanks for the feedback...I agree content, style and opinin are important...And Brownie says "ruff!"

Thanks Tim!

Claire, I do correct them if they affect the meaning of the sentence, but if not, I usually let them be. Now if there were so many errors that I couldn't understand what I wrote, I would definitely go back and correct...

IRA, That's a good idea...Word thinks I'm making up tons of words too. Especially when I write about more localized and ethnic things...and names...

TADollar, I concur...Sorry about the typo on your website name in my post...errrr.

LAmoneyguy, Hah, yeah I guess that's the bottom line...it is our blogs...

 
At 4/11/2006 04:53:00 PM, Blogger Single Ma said...

I think you write just fine. I've never noticed any missed words or misspellings. Even if I did, I still knew what you meant to say. It's your blog, so write however you want.

As for me, I tend to write the way I speak in a social setting. This isn't english class nor am I at the office. When I'm blogging, I view my readers as my friends.

Blog on freedumb!

 

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