Respect Writer's Online By Not Correcting Their Mistakes

Do you have the urge to correct someone elses typo?  Do you thrive on correcting other peoples grammar or punctuation?

If that sounds like you, you're a "grammar bully".  On the other hand if you send someone an email quietly pointing out their mistake, and its out of public view.  You can relax.  You're just human.

Shaming a writer in public is different to sending a message via email politely.  I read a lot of blogs/articles with spelling errors, but don't feel the need to leave a comment about the writers' mistake.

If you've ever written a blog or article and have been really proud of what you've created, you'll know the crushing feeling of someone pointing out a spelling mistake or grammatical error.

Unfortunately these days it's fashionable to pick out peoples mistakes and make them public.  People wear titles such as "grammar Nazi" and "grammar bully" with pride.

Typographical Error = Stupid?

The simple answer to that would be :
"Stupid is as stupid does"
It doesn't matter how perfect your punctuation is, a bad blog will always be a bad blog.  If a grammar bully finds a mistake they won't waste their time reading the rest of your blog.

But they will be quick to point out a minor error and leave an unpleasant comment.  Sounds really dumb, if you ask me.

Using spell check or Grammarly is never a guarantee that with will pick up every mistake.


"Grammar is a piano I play by ear.  All I know about grammar is its power. Joan Didion"

If grammar and spelling mistakes upset you that much and make you angry, then stop using the internet.  Go for a walk instead.

The next time you want to call someone out on a typo, relax, take a deep breath, keep reading or don't!


8 Rules of Writing on the Internet

When I started writing on the internet in 2010 I knew I had the drive and passion to write articles of interest, being able to string a sentence together also helped.

I discovered along the way that you need structure and balance to write and there are certain rules you should abide by.

These are some of those rules, please feel free to use them as you see fit:

1. First Impressions Count

Grab your reader in the first paragraph.  Make it interesting and even a bit humorous.

If your first paragraph is long winded you could lose your reader, so keep them enthralled with your words and phrasing.

2. Write Clearly to be Understood

Are you writing to show off or are you writing to make a point?

Keep it simple use the words that come into your mind first.  You don't need to look up words in a thesaurus, use the words you already know.  Read more and you'll gain a better understanding of language which will in turn increase your vocabulary.

3. Keep to the Point

While short clear sentences and paragraphs, let them flow in a logical order for your reader to understand.

4.  Keep Punctuation and Grammar in Control

Run your eyes over all full stops, commas, dashes and apostrophes.  Then move on to your next sentence.  Don't just rely on a spell checker for spelling mistakes, use your own eyes.  Make it consistent throughout.

5. Rules of Formatting

One Comma

You can often rework a sentence with multiple commas.  Keep it to the point and be concise.

Bold Highlighting

I use bold highlighting in all of my blog posts/Hubs to identify key points.  It helps readers while they're skimming through a page to make sense of it.

Sub Headers

These headers make your article easier to read and more digestable.

6. Avoid Unnecessary Words

If you're not sure about something leave it out.

Keep it short and to the point, don't waste words or get attached to your sentences.

If it makes no sense, kill it!

7. Scrutinise the Serious Stuff

If you're quoting someone or have allegations about someone, make sure your text isn't in breach of copyright or is defamatory.

If you're satisfied it's your highest standard still read it over one more time just to make sure.

8. The Conclusion - Final Read

Be your own worst critic and scrutinise everything with a fine tooth comb.  Read it out loud to yourself.

Embrace your imperfection, learn and have fun with your writing.

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