Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

Tips to Avoid Typos

Editing

We’ve all been there. You spend time and effort to write an article you can be proud of, click publish, and then sit back and wait for the likes to roll in. Suddenly a comment pops up.

Oh crap, there’s a typo. And someone’s pointing it out.

How could that be? My guess is rushing. For me that’s par for the course because I rather fancy myself the queen of procrastination. The faster a deadline approaches the quicker my fingers fly across the keyboard at a fevered pace. Mr. Flynn, my eighth grade typing teacher, would be proud.

Yes, I know that dates me.

But that flurry to pound out an article, whether for self-publication or for profit, tends to sometimes cause us to skim over things instead of really proofing what we’ve written. What’s the solution? Well, it’s not foolproof, but these are my steps.

  • After you’re completely done writing and formatting, run the document through a review. Have it spell-checked and tested for grammar. I read an article yesterday on LinkedIn where there were several words missing from a paragraph. Puzzling.
  • If you have time, set it aside and come back to it. Even if it’s just a quick stroll down the hall for a drink of water, a few minutes away often provides fresh eyes.
  • If you’re copying and pasting to another site like LinkedIn or WordPress, read your article again in the preview format. Sometimes funny things happen, maybe you’ll catch an error you missed in the first reading.
  • Read it one more time—out loud. Yes, I know that’s a little repetitive, but you’ll be surprised how often you find errors when you read something out loud. Even if you’re mumbling it under your breath, if it doesn’t flow right, that is when you’ll catch it. And better then than after you’ve hit publish. This is where I typically find the their/there or your/you’re errors.

I’m not crazy enough to think all my writing has been error-free. But there’s a part of me that is extremely obsessive about typos. I cringe when I find them in past articles. And yes, sometimes I even go back and correct them, even though no one else will probably ever see them.

Reading and re-reading has made me a better writer. I don’t always agree with the grammar rules, but then I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. There’s a little bit of picking and choosing, but mostly I stick to the old school lessons and what is commonly accepted as the norm.

Before I step off my soapbox, if you’re going to take the time to write something, write it right. I’m not talking about posting a status update on social media or sending an informal email to a friend. But if you’re posting an article on a platform in which you would like to be seen as a professional, or someone capable of providing content, it’s worth the work.

If someone found a typo in your published work would you want to know? Just asking for my inner proofreader.

 

Roxanne Wilmes is a freelance writer, author, ghostwriter, and thirty year survivor of the restaurant and hospitality industry currently with AmericInn Hotel & Suites.

 

 

That Internet Thing Just Might Catch On

Facebook Bad Grammar

There comes a point in everyone’s life where they’d like to put the past behind them and forget about all those crazy things they did in the past.  But can that happen in an internet-obsessed world?  Oh sure, you may be able to forget it, possibly even get your friends and relatives to let it go and stop reminding you of “That one time”, but remember, it’s online forever.

I learned back in Mr. Tucker’s seventh grade math class that you should never put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.  There are some politicians that should have had Mr. Tucker.  Or take for example Kelly Blazek, the woman in charge of a Cleveland Job Bank and the “Communicator of the Year” in her city.  When a young woman who was moving to Cleveland reached out to her on the professional site LinkedIn, she sent back a scathing denial that has gone viral.  Sounds more like a bad communicator, yikes.

Browser History

And don’t even get me started on Facebook.  My biggest FB pet peeve has to be the cryptic post for attention.  Girls, if you want attention, do something good.  Don’t brag about it, the word will get out.  When I read, “Why can’t I just be _________” as a status, I cringe.  Don’t go fishing for compliments, you may not get any.  And don’t think just because you took down that incriminating post/picture that it’s gone forever; nothing is permanently deleted…nothing. 

I have, however, come up with five things that can help you navigate social media:

  • People cannot read tone of voice.  If it can be misconstrued, it probably will be!
  • Do not confuse social networks—some are social, some are professional.
  • Be knowledgeable but don’t abuse any power you may have in your posts.
  • Keep your private life private.  Or don’t be surprised when things go viral.
  • Your posts ARE your online personality.  Funny…Mean…Creeper…etc.

 Facebook Creeper

You don’t need to be afraid of the internet.  After all, it’s not going away.  In fact, I laughed when I saw that my friend will list her personal cell number on social media, but you need to private message her for her email.  Yes, that is what we’ve come to.  And a final thought on social media, there’s a meme about being glad to be over forty because we did all of our foolish stuff before the internet.  I have two words for you…Throwback Thursday.