This is a Touchy Subject but Writing About It Anyway!

Wednesday March 26, 2014



Hey, I was writing this long post about ExpoWest, all the goodies I saw, my thoughts about it, my favorite finds & more. What happened, it was more involved than I had time to write so leaving for MAYBE Friday. Because I got so sick after the show, I am behind in writing about it. Hey, the good thing, mine might be the only one out there now so you may be interested in reading it!

Instead, I am going to take a few minutes to discuss a very touchy subject on blogs, social media & Facebook pages. Here it goes!

I have read more than my share of posts about how people make too many grammatical & spelling mistakes on blog posts. Some even assume that the person does not take the time to reread their post or even care.

OK – here is the deal! I am not a literary or English major. I don’t know or even remember all the stuff I learned when I was young about grammar, punctuation & all that good stuff. All I can do is try my best! If I am confused, I may Google it but if I really don’t even know there is a problem, well, I don’t know it & I write away!

I also spell check everything I do. I DO reread my posts a few times but I don’t always catch everything – so sue me! Once I again, I try my best!

I have even read some posts about how “everyone thinks they are a writer” but they are really not that good so they should not write. This one really hurts me!

I have always said I am not a writer, I am a blabber. I want to help, inspire, share, give back, review new products and more. That is all I want to do & I don’t have to “be a writer” to do that. Even if a site wants to share my blabbing, people should not put down others for not being a great writer. If the message is to share & help, that should be enough! I think I have plenty to offer up even if I am not a writer or even close to being a “writer”.

When I read other posts, I am not picking them apart for grammar & spelling & all that. I am there to read the message & content – that is all!

OK, I may get disagreement here & that is fine but had to get this off my chest!

What are your thoughts on this? Have you seen posts like this?



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90 Comments


  1. ahhh life be too short to care what ANYONE ELSE THINKS BUT YOU.
    do you enjoy the process of it? to you look forward to writing and emptying your brain of thoughts?
    DO IT!

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  2. I think it’s sad that so many people have to tear down others to make themselves feel better or more important. Keep on writing!

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  3. LOVE this. The thing is, I my BA & MA are both in rhetoric and writing. I try to make sure my writing is up to snuff (whatever that means of course), but I am a rambler too. I write what’s on my mind and miss tons of mistakes all the time. Who cares? If I were trying to write an essay or a researched article, that’s different. Or when I do a blog post that is meant to be educational, something that I will be posting in other forums, then I will try to really make sure I have all my ducks in a row. But I’m not making money off of my rambles. It’s a blog. Lighten up folks! I guess there is elitism everywhere huh?

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  4. Content is far more important than grammar as far as my feelings about the Internet. Besides, fonix werks jeast fien foor mee!

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  5. Heather, thank you so much for your comment! Means a lot to me that you took the time to write this! I don’t make money off my rambles for sure BUT I am just wanting to share & care & hep & inspire – I wish it made money!

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  6. It is my experience that many people who has a talent (writing, athletic or otherwise)do not realize it is a talent. They assume it comes as easily to everyone as it does to them. I encourage my clients not to use themselves as a measuring stick. We all have different talents, look for yours and be thankful for them.

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  7. Hmmmm….well, I was an English major in college so I used to be one of those people who’d get kind of annoyed at typos or grammar mistakes but your post has made me really think about that. Who am I to judge for crying out loud? AND, yes, to your point, I totally agree that a blog is for you (or me or whoever is writing it) to pour out their feelings, not to be the perfect grammarian. Thank you for reminding me, I promise not to judge in the future 🙂

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  8. As an editor my eye will find the grammatical and spelling errors anyplace, from a blog to the New York Times. The thing about blogging is there really aren’t any rules – your blog is your domain (literally and figuratively), and you can write however you like.

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  9. I have to admit that spelling errors, and yes, grammatical errors normally do jump right off the screen and the page at me! But unless a blog post or article is so full of them that it takes away from the content, I try to ignore them and move on. I probably make some myself on my own blog posts.

    I don’t think you (that is the general you, not YOU)can or should try to please everyone or anyone. If you like to write, do it. If you write for an audience, instead of for yourself, I think it comes across as false and also kind of arrogant.

    I read/don’t read blog posts and online articles based on CONTENT. Some titles appeal to me and others don’t. Simple.

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  10. This sounds, to me, so similar to the people who criticize others for not being a ‘runner’.
    If you run, you’re a runner.
    If you write, you’re a writer.
    Do what you enjoy and ignore the critics!

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  11. Jody, you know I love your blog – I read it because it is real and I enjoy the things you share. I don’t read this blog (or any other) to critique them. I think that you are 100% a writer!!
    I’m with you – I try to proof read but half of the punctuation rules have changed since I’ve been out of school – I don’t even try to keep up!!!
    You are more than enough and you are sharing a message far better than someone complaining about a couple misspelled words or misused bits of punctuation or whatever!!

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  12. Sorry, I just think some people are not happy unless the are making fun of someone else, it makes them feel superior. I have read comments that are about someone grammar. I just think that is mean. Great long a waited post.

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  13. I think the person that criticizes that “everybody thinks their a writer” has a problem and it isn’t really about your writing. I can understand that if you are an editor or English major it might feel like people don’t care about something that is important to you. That doesn’t mean they get a pass on being polite when commenting.

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  14. Everyone has their own writing voice. There isn’t necessarily one better than the other. Grammar – that is a touchy one for me. I have to spell things correctly in my job and correct grammar of doctors all the time and they are terrible! I think if you have a blog or write articles or an online journal that you are being paid for or people have to pay to read, then grammar mistakes shouldn’t happen. Personal blogs, whatever. I make mistakes in my blog after a day of correcting everyone else’s grammar, mine suffers from brain fatigue LOL!

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  15. I read blogs because of the message not because of perfect grammar. And your posts are always a joy to read!!!

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  16. thank YOU! i always make mistakes. AND I’m okay with that! cheers to ENOUGH

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  17. Andrea – thank you & I love yours too & so much the nature walks & fun with your family!

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  18. Lori – too funny on your job & how that relates to how you feel – get it!

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  19. Cindy, thx for your perspective!!!!

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  20. Penny – thank you!!!! I was a bit nervous writing it cause I have good online friends that are great writers & English majors but we all have talents in different areas!

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  21. Kim, thank you so much! I love your comment & how you made it make even more sense to me!

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  22. Tamara – YES!!! Perfect!

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  23. Elle, what a great comment & like you, I read for the message & content. Sometimes even go past a title that is so-so just to see – I am not the best with titles so that is why I read anyway.

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  24. Sharon, thank you for your comment! I get if you are getting paid but if not & we are just sharing our thoughts..

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  25. Claudia, thank you so much for this comment!!! I think sometimes we are so close to it that we can’t see the other side of the fence… me included!

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  26. Robyn, LOVE your comment!!!! YES to that!

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  27. One of my jobs is proofreading, but you see how many goofs I make on my own blog. 🙂 I’m a stickler for grammar, spelling, etc. on PROFESSIONAL websites, menus, advertisements, etc., but not so much on non-professional sites. I notice them on non-pro sites, but I don’t deduct character points. 🙂

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  28. Jody, you are you! You don’t have to be anyone else. You don’t need to please anyone but yourself. Everyone who comes to your blog loves you for YOU! 🙂 Don’t EVER CHANGE YOU!

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  29. Girl I couldn’t agree with you more. I reread my blogs and then read them the next day too so that I have fresh eyes and my mom reads too… I write bc I like it… not because I’m good necessarily… lol

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  30. Cammy – Thx for not deducting character points!

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  31. GiGi – HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you!

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  32. Minday – thank you for your thoughts!!!! I reread too & again & sometimes I just miss stuff!

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  33. I get so caught up in my ramblings that I am sure I make tons of mistakes. I believe blogging is more about the point than the perfection.

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