Write right so your readers can read well!
As a freelance writer, editor, and educational professional, this is probably one of my biggest pet peeves: the lack of clarity in the way many people write. I’m talking about writing coherent sentences by making sure nouns, pronouns, and verbs coordinate with one another, and not mixing up plural and possessive forms of words.
Also, spelling…I mean, really, with spell checkers in so many applications and even online, there is practically no reason to misspell anything. It’s still possible to use the wrong word (especially mixing up homonyms/homophones or words that sound similar, such as lose and loose), but that’s another area to work on for clarity.
Here are some examples:
Wrong: The women wanted to make sure her blog were written good.
Right: The woman wanted to make sure her blog was written well. OR The women wanted to make sure their blogs were written well.
Even better, change the passive to active voice and say: The woman wanted to make sure she wrote her blog well.
Wrong: Its time to use good writing in blog’s.
Right: It’s time to use good writing in blogs.
Proofreading BEFORE submitting assignments or articles, or before hitting the “Publish” button on blog posts, will normally help you catch any errors or lack of clarity in your writing (and if you read your post AFTER you publish it and notice an error or something that doesn’t sound quite right, you can always edit it and update it).
Many people argue that good writing in blogs doesn’t matter. I disagree. I frequently stop reading blogs (articles, forum posts, Facebook posts, etc.) when they are poorly written. Especially if you are using your blog for business or professional purposes, you have even more reason to write well and ensure clarity exists for the sake of your readers–and ultimately, for your own reputation.
I admit it: I am also a bit of a fanatic about proper grammar usage. It certainly seems like a forgotten skill, considering the amount of poor quality writing I’ve seen in students’ papers, both from high school and college, as well as on numerous online blogs, sites, and even in professional communications.
Grammar is a set of rules that governs how people use the written word. It encompasses spelling, punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, parts of speech, sentence-verb agreement, and everything else that goes into creating compositions. Language arts is typically the school subject that focuses on teaching students about the rules of grammar.
Just as I mentioned earlier about clarity, and writing right, properly applying the rules of grammar will help you to write well in a way that will be clear and easy to understand.
I think the grammatical errors I see the most often–aside from misspelled words and omitted punctuation–are lack of subject-verb agreement, wrong word usage especially among homonyms and similar words, and poor sentence structure that often doesn’t make sense.
So using proper grammar and clarity in your writing will help you to write right so your readers can read well!
What do you think?
Is clarity important? Does it matter if blogs are written well or not?
Do you worry that if you talk about writing well in your own blog, and then make a mistake or don’t express yourself well, people will jump on you? (Yes, that’s my fear!)
Do you have areas of grammar that you struggle with, or do errors jump out at you?
Look forward to reading your comments!