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10 Easy Proofreading Methods to Help Ensure Your Blog Posts are Flawless

Even the most experienced writers proofread their work before publishing it. The same should be true for blog posts. If elements of your posts are grammatically incorrect or filled with misspellings, no one will consistently want to read your blog. The following are 10 easy proofreading methods to help ensure your blog posts are flawless:

  1. Give yourself some distance. Instead of proofreading your posts immediately after you complete them, take some time to do something else. If you can put some physical distance between you and your work, such as walking away from your computer, that's even better. Separating yourself from your work will allow you to examine your work with fresh eyes when you return.

  2. Read your work out loud. Often, your ears will hear mistakes that your eyes miss. Hearing your work read out loud can help you identify awkward phrases as well as words you may have accidentally repeated.

  3. When in doubt, check it out. Are you unsure if it's “Queen's English” or “King's English” (both are correct, by the way, depending on who was in power at the time)? Instead of guessing, use the power of the Internet and double-check if phrases, rules of English, sayings, etc. are correct when you proofread your blog posts.

  4. Print it out. Print out your blog post before you publish it. Sometimes a simple change in appearance from a computer screen to a printed page can help you spot errors far more easily.

  5. Ask for help. The world's most celebrated writers still employ editors to proofread their work before it's released for readers to enjoy. The same should be true for your blog posts. Ask a friend, family member or colleague with an excellent command of the English language to proofread your posts.

  6. Triple-check your known common mistakes. Do you often switch between verb tenses in your writing, shifting from the past tense to the present tense? Do you have a bad habit of misusing homonyms? Every writer has writing weaknesses. Learn what yours are and then triple-check these items when proofreading your blog posts.

  7. Use a spell-checker. Although most word processing programs and content management systems used for blogging include an automatic spell-checker, manually run your spell-checker when your post is complete. Writers sometimes don't see that red squiggly line in the midst of getting their ideas onto their screens.

  8. Take it one line at a time. Use a blank sheet of paper to cover up your monitor or your printed post in order to only reveal one line at a time while you proofread. This will allow you to focus your attention entirely on a single line at a time, increasing the likelihood of identifying mistakes.

  9. Don't rely blindly on your spell-checker. Although tip number seven tells you to check your post using a spell-checker, don't rely blindly on the information it presents to you. Spell-checkers will not catch homonym mistakes, misused words or missing words.

  10. Double-check proper nouns. One of the ways your blog acquires readers is through search engines. If you've misspelled a proper noun that potential readers are searching for (e.g. the name of a celebrity), then these readers will never find your blog. Be sure to take a few extra minutes to double-check the spelling of all proper nouns.

About Author

Randall Davidson is a co-founder of ProofreadingServices.Us, a proofreading service based in San Francisco, California. ProofreadingServices.Us offers a wide range of proofreading services, including ESL proofreading.

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