Blog bites | Grammar loving

Ok, I am a geek. That may not come as a great surprise. I am geeky about many things… I adore reading, I love technology, I like spelling and funnily enough, I like grammar. Although I do draw the line at anything to do with the Twilight series… sorry Twihards, I twi-ed and just couldn’t do it (see, see what I did there – twi-ed?!). Anyway, lets not get distracted, that’s not what this post is about. It’s about grammar.

I don’t claim to be any kind of grammar expert. I recently had to read an article for Uni by George Orwell, titled a Handy Grammar GuideΒ and I am not too proud to admit I learnt many things something. Among other things, I need to work on my dash versus en-dash use. I recently posted a photo on instagram and I used the wrong principal/principle in the caption… *oh the shame*…

But. But. I do value it. I am one of those geeks who will read a sign and pick up the grammar mistake. And never be able to move beyond it (yes, I am looking at you Myer). And if a big brand can stuff it up, and still have the likes of me referring to it months later, how do you think it reflects on a small business?

Far too often I read a blog post, or a Facebook update, from a small business that is filled with grammatical (and often spelling – but that’s a whole other post) errors. I understand it’s easy to make a mistake – you are typing quickly – trying to get an update out between the phone calls, the school pick up and the clients’ demands. Sometimes it calls for a more casual language, so formal grammar (such as dashes and en-dashes) might be overlooked.

So, I will look past one or two. But if you constantly do it, then I am sorry, no matter how much I like your product/service/blog, I am going to unfollow you.

It’s bad for your brand. It’s bad for your image. It looks unprofessional. If I am clicking away from your brand because of your grammar, then others will be too.

And sadly, most of the time, it’s an easy fix. Run a spell and grammar check over it BEFORE you post. Get a handle on the basics of simple grammar.

If all else fails, or you need to write something really important, speak to someone who knows what they are doing.

And big thanks to CopyBlogger for this handy guide to all things basic grammar (and I promise no dash or en-dashes mentioned!)….


15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

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  1. I am so bad at grammar, this is actually very helpful to me. Perphaps I should just stick to taking photos! x

    • I am glad it’s helpful! I was trying to be… πŸ˜‰ But you undersell yourself. I always look forward to reading your blog and have never picked up any massive grammar issues. Don’t stress lovely, you are in no danger of losing readers over your grammar!

  2. Tracey @ Melbourne Mamma says:

    i love this Renee β€” i am actually a spelling & grammar geek too (please don’t tell anyone) & my biggest peeve is the use of ‘s β€” it’s like some people think that if there is an S at the end of a word then it must automatically have an apostrophe too (did you notice my lovely EM dashes hehe) and don’t get me started on to/too/two πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Tracey, and yes your dash use is noted! πŸ˜‰

      Oh my, you are so right! Both in the apostrophe use and the to/two/too rules. Seriously, it’s not that hard to remember, surely?

  3. Claire Bertolus says:

    have you got the ooh with the panda on the front: eats, shoots and leaves??

  4. If I….er… perhaps noticed there might be a missing apostrophe in your post would you want to know?

    LOVE these 15 rules. I have a HUGE issue with number 7. I didn’t even encounter this until I started working in the corporate world. The number of people who use myself/yourself/ourselves is unbelievable and they sound so stupid. But everyone still does it. It used to take all my strength not to correct people!!
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