Embarrassing minor mistakes look unprofessional
You do it to, right? You put all your faith in computers, devices, and programs to perfect your blog posts for you. I am guilty too.
About 6 months ago, I created an infographic as an "Ultimate Guide to Punctation for Bloggers," and of course, someone responded in the comments with an error they found in my own guide.
I left the infographic unchanged, a reminder to follow my own advice.The error is minor, but mistakes like this look unprofessional and suggest you don't care about the details of your writing.
The translation: I don't care about my readers.
Punctuation errors are not a big deal, as long as there aren't a huge number, but larger mistakes can actually threaten your reputation.
Major errors put your authority at risk
I have a scholar friend that wrote this error: "Reese's Penises" instead of "Pieces." Can you imagine the horror? Not only are they more embarrassing, major mistakes compromise your authority as a writer.
The errors taint your professionalism.
If you hadn't heard, BuzzFeed recently had some nasty trouble with plagiarism, which led to people losing jobs. Errors such as this can arise from accident or ignorance, but it doesn't matter to the public: passing off another's work as your own is just wrong.
Will time tell? Will you eventually be perfect?
You would like to think that the longer you write the less prone you are to bungling the prose. To a certain extent this is true, if you are vigilant, but you are always vulnerable to errors as a human.
Here's how to minimize looking like an idiot
So, action can be taken to avoid threats to your image and reputation. I base my advice on 14 years of professional writing and teaching at the university level, but as I said in the opening, I make mistakes too.
Focus on these points to help avoid embarrassment:
Writing is and should be fun, but when you are a blogger, it's also work. You are responsible for what you write, so take measures to ensure your posts are solid and you will be successful. Good luck!
What other tools or practices do you use to double check and improve your writing?
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