Are you guilty?
(I know I am.)
English is such a complex language, it would be impossible to avoid them all.
In this post, I am going to cover some of the most common mistakes. And some resources to help you improve your blogging grammar.
Common Grammar Errors in Blogging
While it is impossible to list all the errors made by bloggers, I am going to share my favorites. Do you know the difference between:
- Who and Whom
- Affect and Effect
- Lay and Lie
- Whether and If
- Which and That
- Irony and Coincidence
- Envy and Jealousy
These were taken from a post by Jon Gingerich who shares lots more – with examples of proper use.
Do you even care? Do they drive you crazy?
I know that I'm guilty of many of these. I think we all are.
Without a formal editing process, it is difficult to catch every error. I have Dena review most of my posts – but sometimes mistakes happen. And thankfully there are a few grammar geeks among our regular readers – and they help keep our copy clean.
Does Good Grammar Matter?
Yes and no.
Most bloggers are not professional (trained) writers.
They are usually business owners, photographers, moms, and travelers. Given that most readers are also untrained, I don't think that most mistakes are even noticed. But this depends a lot on your niche. If your topic is copywriting, writing, or grammar then errors are less forgivable. Your readers will eat you alive.
There are some great resources available. With tools like Grammarly (read my full review) it is getting easier to produce clean copy. The Little Red Writing Book is a quick read and covers 20 principles of structure, style and readability. At the end of the book there is a 30-page section detailing 30 rules of grammar. This is one of my ten favorite blogging books.
Lets finish off with some more common errors, as identified by Weird Al.
Word Crimes by “Weird Al” Yankovic
Watch on YouTube
How important is good grammar when blogging? A number of bloggers have written that errors make you human – different from the polished, perfect, and sterile corporate writing. How do you feel?
Please share your thoughts, comments and pet grammar peeves below!