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Work to Publish Blog Posts – Don’t Let Spelling Be A Hang-Up

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Blogging means getting your words out there — the goal is to have look good and to publish blog posts. Good business writing can involve multiple re-writes, consulting a style book, and rounds of spell-checks. ¬†Good grammar and correct spelling are a requirement of successful blogging. How far should you go for blogging perfection? The sample above from a national news blog has a typical error that would be missed by spell checking – the misuse of a similar, but misspelled word. Of course they didn’t delay their post for multiple editorial reviews. The purpose of a blog is to get the word out! Here’s 3 tips to get through the spelling and get to publication:

  • DO Check your spelling.¬†Create your post in MS Word and run a spell check. Or, install a spelling plugin to check within the WordPress dashboard.
  • DO proof-read out loud. A read-through out loud can catch spelling or grammar issues that no checker will find. The image (above) from a major news site shows how easy it is to publish correctly spelled words which are used incorrectly– in this example it’s “tired” rather than “tried.”
  • DON’T delay. The bottom line is that it’s a blog post. It should be timely. It’s accepted by readers that it’s timely. So, don’t stew over the writing until your post is no longer relevant. Take a deep breath and publish.

Vanessa Wood

I'm Vanessa Wood. I was an early adopter of WordPress and continue to build beautiful WordPress websites in CT. I'm working directly with clients and through marketing agencies to create new highly customized, business WordPress websites. I knit while I'm on hold and listen to punk rock.

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