Ever read someone’s grammatical mistakes online and then discover that there are more of them?
Imagine you discovered a person online that piqued your interest. Let’s say, you liked them enough that you decided to follow them. You also signed up for their free offer.
So, you receive their emails and start to read their blog posts. But you begin to find grammatical errors in their content and brush it off. It’s only a couple mistakes – no biggie right? And then as time goes by you are still finding errors. They seem to be in most of this person’s content – consistent blunders. By now, you’re starting to wonder why this is and how could this person not notice it?
Irritation sets in because sometimes you have to re-read this person’s sentences in order to make sense of them. You need to replace the word that is wrong in the sentence (in your mind as you read it) with the correct one in order to understand what they’re trying to say. An example of this could be “learn to be wary free” which should be “learn to be worry free”
This was a situation that I found myself in, although I wasn’t saying “no biggie” after a couple of mistakes. I was wincing because if it was my article, I’d be embarrassed! I was embarrassed even more FOR this person when I was trying to decipher sentences that didn’t make sense, thinking “why didn’t you proof your work?”.
Normally, I’m not super critical on a few errors, this was after finding consistent blunders in numerous pieces of their work that I had read.
I’m not saying my writing is perfect because it isn’t by any means. However, I do proof my work over more than once and I do that for my clients as well. In fact, after I have reviewed it, it is reviewed again by my clients before it’s published.
So, what would you think of this person now?
Well I decided to take this question to a poll online. Here is a copy of it.
Here’s what I found for the results:
Approximately just over half of the people chose #2 – “I’m ok with the occasional mistake but I’m getting tired of re-reading the sentence to understand what they’re saying.”
1/3 of the people chose #1 – “Frustrated! If they can’t proof their content, they must not feel it’s important. It makes me question their expertise.” Which leaves only a small portion that is willing to overlook it.
What does it say about this person and their business?
It could say many things – pressed for time, rushing to get it done, overwhelmed, poor assistance…whatever the answer is, it’s not a positive one! Which therefore does not create a good professional impression of this person or the business they run, to those who receive their content.
Don’t let this be a situation you find yourself in! Review your work and do it more than once before you publish it.