Did you know it’s National Grammar day? Probably NOT the best time to respond to this question but here goes…
I really really hope this email does not insult you because that is definitely not what I am trying to do. I just want to help.
I read your blog and your cooking blog all the time and I LOVE them. They have helped me a whole bunch over the past year to achieve my 75lb weight loss and reach my lifetime at Weight Watchers. So thank you.
I have noticed that you are a professional blogger and I respect and envy that so much. Unfortunately, sometimes, you have grammatical errors in your writing and it makes me cringe every time I see them. A professional blogger should not be making these kind of mistakes. Anyway, I am SO SORRY if this is offending you.
So here’s the problem. You often use the word "your" wrong. It is often in place of where "you’re" or "you are" should be.
Here are some links to pages/tweets that are WRONG:
Example: "Your done! Start dipping!"
Example: "…or perfect holiday cookies to give as gifts, sorry your out of luck."
I mean the mistake is not made very often, but I am sure silly anal people like me notice every time :(
Now, I completely understand if you do not care about these errors, but I just thought I should point them out, incase you did not know you were making them.
Again, I am sorry and I truly hope you are not offended and you don’t hate me.
I’m not offended at all and I would never HATE you. That’s is such a strong word. I welcome constructive criticism and try my best not to take it personally.
Let me start this response with a loud and clear… I know. *sigh*
- I know I’m not the world’s best writer.
- I know I have zippy ability to self edit.
- I know I don’t see fine details in words.
- I know I write too fast and hit publish WAY too soon.
I also know the difference between…
- You’re and Your,
- Their, They’re and There,
- Loose and Lose,
- its and it’s, and
- then and than (most of the time.)
I will admit, however, I do not know…
- when to use an m-dash vs parentheses,
- what the heck a past participle is,
- when it’s acceptable to start a sentence with "And" or "But", or
- the proper way to start a list (I’m pretty sure it’s NOT "…" which is what I use all the time)
Note: The I-don’t-know-list is probably a lot longer but I don’t even know what I don’t know and I’m not ashamed to admit it. As we are establishing, English is not my best subject.
I write from the heart and it’s almost identical to the way I talk–fast and with a lot of slang. Even though I’m a "professional blogger" I’m not a "professional writer" and in my opinion there is a HUGE difference.
I don’t have an editor, an agent, a publicist, a boss or even a co-worker to run my work by. Every decision I make is my own. Every mistake is out there for the world to see. I’m not polished and that’s sort of the point of what I do. I’m not creating a fake image or only sharing airbrushed photos of myself. I’m transparent, raw and real.
I post about my experiences and my life the best way I know how. I believe my thoughts, ideas and experiences are worth sharing even with all spelling and grammatical errors.
Readers point out my mistakes all the time and I fix them. See below…
No biggie from my perspective. I’ve decided long ago not to stop doing what I’m doing simply because I’m a bad self-editor. I’m not perfect, never will be, and one of my biggest faults is the inability to see the tiny details in my–and actually any–writing. My brain is simply not wired that way. I’m more of a big picture idea and visual designer than a fine detail, editor type.
Honestly, I appreciate the people–yourself included–who politely send me a message or leave a comment pointing out a grammatical misstep. I simple edit it right then and shoot them a thank you message. Again, to me it’s not the end of the world. In a way allowing myself to be so raw and unedited has helped me overcome that pesky little perfection bug I talk so much about on Roni’s Weigh. Which, I believe, led to many years of yo-yo dieting and negative self-talk.
Many people will not agree with me and that’s ok. You can’t please everyone. I refuse to stop blogging simply because I make a few mistakes. Maybe one day I’ll be able to find and afford the right editor for me. In the mean time people will just have to deal. I don’t force them to read. There is plenty of other diet/weight loss/food talk out there more polished than mine. (It’s “than” right? not “then”?) ;)
Thanks for the question Carolynne, now I hope I am not the one who has offended you!
P.S. The husband wanted me to add my posts would be a LOT worse if I didn’t read them out loud to him first and of course, use the spell checker. That’s how bad I REALLY am.