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Why is Grammer and Spelling Impotent, Anyways? #BB100

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Did my title get your attention? I hope so. 🙂

A grammar series is a tough undertaking. I almost feel like a mean person for pointing out some of these common errors. No one wants to find errors in their work. No one wants to make mistakes. Clearly, I don’t want anyone to feel picked on – but there’s so much room for improvement in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, not just on blogs, but in life! I firmly believe, a great blog makes very few mistakes. If we want blogging to be treated as a respected profession, we have to produce professional content.

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Why are grammar and spelling important, anyway?

I think there are three main reasons grammar and spelling are so important.

1. The first has to do with numbers. There are like a gazillion blogs out there, man, and more pop up every single day. If we want to set ourselves apart, we’ve got to be good. We’ve got to be credible. We’ve got to be trustworthy. Why should we be trusted if we don’t know the difference between to, two, and too? Really. Really!

2. Getting our message across. Miscommunication is so easy in the online world. Did you know that roughly 93% of understanding communication comes from non-verbal cues? We don’t have the luxury of adding nonverbal cues to online writing. Emoticons try to level the playing field a bit, but over-use is sure annoying, and they don’t take the place of body language, facial expression, voice pitch, or intonation. Using the wrong word can result in a big miscommunication.

3. Professional profession. And most importantly, many of us work as brand ambassadors. We work hard and want, and deserve, to be treated like professionals. To be a good brand ambassador, we owe it to our employers to get it right! Surely, we all understand the importance of an error-free cover letter and resume. Our blogs are no different. Blogs with consistent communication errors most likely won’t be chosen for the premo slots. Let’s face it. Grammar errors are unprofessional. To be professional, we need to get it right.

Of course, it’s fine to put your own spin on your blog – it is your blog after all – but minimizing grammar errors will simply help take you to the next level!

boost your blog in 100 days #bb100I’d love to hear your thoughts on the importance of grammar in blogs. Do you think I overstated the importance of grammar? Why or why not?

Check out the other posts in the series here:

Top 10 Grammar Mistakes Bloggers Make

Who? or Whom?

Why is Proof Reading Important

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankJulie says

    I do not think you overstated the importance. If anything, you understated it. There are way, way too many examples out there to prove that point. In my opinion, it has become an epidemic.


  2. blankMachelle says

    I think grammar is important. This series has reminded me to take more time proofreading my posts, even though the mechanics of writing is somewhat painful for me 🙂 It is time-consuming, yet worth it. Glaring errors minimize the impact of a great post. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. blankNancy Mock says

    I think grammar and spelling are very important, and to that end this series that you are doing is a great service to bloggers! First impressions are so important and I don’t want a spelling mistake to be what a reader will remember about my blog. I proofread my drafts repeatedly and then check them again after they’re published – just to be sure!
    Thanks for these helpful posts!

  4. blankSavvy Working Gal says

    There was a spelling error in my blog design. It was created by someone who speaks English as a second language. I had her correct it, but then noticed she made the same mistake on one of my blog buttons. I cringe every time I see it. In the old days when we would see a spelling error on a resume or cover letter that application went straight into the garbage. I think the same rules apply today.

  5. blankmjskit says

    No, you haven’t overstated the importance of grammar or spelling at all!!! I was so embarrassed today when I was making some changes to a post from a couple of years ago and found a typo. Now I want to go through and re-edit 3 years of posts! Great series Michelle!

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      I find mistakes all the time, MJ. I guess it goes with the show. I try to do too much, too quickly. I need to follow my own best advice and slow down. Slowing down really helps me a lot. 🙂

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