Grammar, Spelling, Coherency, and Clarity- YES, They ARE Important in Blogging

Today’s Ultimate Blog Challenge writing prompt is to offer some troubleshooting tips regarding a market or service we provide. As a professional writer and an educator, I provide writing services and do an extensive amount of my own writing. I can tell you beyond a doubt: YES, grammar, spelling, coherency, and clarity– they ALL matter when you’re blogging or presenting any kind of structured writing that you hope people will read and enjoy.

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If you want people to engage and interact with you, they need to be able to understand what you’re communicating. In a post on the Power Affiliate Club’s site, I wrote an article entitled, “Write Right So Your Readers Can Read Well.”  I invite you to read the article in its entirety, but I’ll share some small excerpts from the article and expand on them here.

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*Grammar Language arts, the typical name for the subject of grammar in school, “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.

The mistakes I most often see in blogs and other types of writing are lack of subject-verb agreement, poor sentence construction, and incorrect word usage (such as loose instead of lose, or it’s instead of its).

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*Spelling — With the abundance of spell checkers and correction tools in word processors and online, there’s really not much excuse for spelling errors any more! The tricky part comes in occasionally using the wrong word because it IS spelled correctly. For instance, using to instead of too, or your instead of you’re, won’t set off spell checkers, yet would still be wrong if used in the wrong context.

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*CoherencyCoherency, or coherence, simply means being logically connected in an orderly fashion. So in writing, this means words should form sentences in ways that make sense. Likewise, sentences should follow one another in a logical and orderly sequence that makes sense to the reader. Paragraphs should also follow the same orderly thought process, so there’s clarity from the beginning to the end of a blog post, paper, or any other published work.

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*ClarityClarity encompasses the first three components. If your grammar and spelling are correct, and your writing is coherent, then you have a better chance of obtaining clarity overall in your writing. Clarity in writing means you express yourself clearly in style and thought.

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So remember: strive for correct grammar and spelling, paired with coherence, in order to obtain clarity in your writing so readers will enjoy your work. 🙂

 

Again, please do click and pop on over to the PAC site to read and benefit from the full article: “Write Right So Your Readers Can Read Well.”

 

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So What About YOU?

Do you think these four components are essential for good writing?

Do you endeavor to proofread your blog posts or other types of writing BEFORE publishing or submitting them? or (if you can) do you go back and edit if you happen to spot something wrong AFTER you have published or submitted something?

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9 thoughts on “Grammar, Spelling, Coherency, and Clarity- YES, They ARE Important in Blogging

  1. I do think that everything that you mentioned is important in blogging. And, yes, I do try to proofread my blog posts although I know that I let errors through just because I am tired of looking at my own writing. I used to be a copy editor for an alternative newspaper and I know that it is far easier to edit someone else’s work than my own.

    Nevertheless, the errors that I see the most are confusion between less and fewer and confusion between me and I. I see the less/fewer error in major newspapers, which is annoying. As for the me/I problem, I see that there are people who try to avoid at all times writing the word “me.”

    When I hear these grammatical errors, they actually sound like off key singing. They are very grating and it is hard for me to avoid being a verbal editor, just to make the noise stop.
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    • Alice, I just want to make a comment on what you wrote. I agree with all of the points mentioned by K.Lee in her post. I agree with them for the same reason you don’t like to read grammatical errors. They sound off key and they grate on my nerves.

      In addition to the grammatical errors, all of the other points mentioned by K.Lee are just as unnerving.

      When I encounter posts that are written poorly, I can’t pay attention. I find myself so distracted by all of the errors that I can’t stay focused on the content.

      What we choose to write about is important. But, how we write about our content is equally important. Our writing reflects on us as writers and professionals in our respective fields.

      I believe it’s highly unlikely that someone who demonstrates poor language skills is going to be sought after for services.

      My pet peeve is run-on sentences! I notice them every day. I’ve read so many paragraphs that are just one incredibly long run-on sentence. In this situation, more punctuation is better than none.

      K.Lee – an outstanding post and I agree with everything you have shared here!

      Julie 😉
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  2. Despite loving to write at an early age, I did not do well in English classes in school. I was a poor speller and still am. Grammar was boring to me. My Mom tried to teach me to diagram sentences. I wasn’t interested, but a home teacher who came to my home when I was unable to attend 6th grade due to an injury taught me many tricks that have helped me out for years. I still struggle with “who vs. whom” and other tools of a trade I should know better.
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  3. If I am unsure about something to do with grammar, I look it up or sometimes have changed the entire sentence around to avoid it. My pet peeves are the misuse of “lay” and “lie” and “me,” “myself,” “and I.”

    I won’t read if there are too many grammatical errors.

    I wonder how people in the corporate world (where I work for my day job) can get as far as they have with the grammar mistakes I see and hear.

    What’s worse, though, is teachers with bad grammar. One of my best friends is a teacher, and her grammar is HORRIBLE. I love her, but I cringe.

    I have been using Grammarly to help me with my writing, and the Yoast plugin for WordPress helps, too.

    Before I submit or publish, I usually read the piece out loud to be sure it sounds okay. You can catch a lot when you read out loud.
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