Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my blog traffic and increase the number of subscribers to my RSS feed. I’ve done all sorts of things like networking over MyBlogLog, digging my own posts, and writing catchy headlines. Nothing seemed to work. However, I finally found 225 reasons why my blog traffic and RSS subscription have stagnated.
Are you ready for them? These past two days I went through every single post I have ever written since I started blogging in October 2006. That’s over 300 posts.
In the 300 posts that I have written, I found 225 typos. 225. That’s almost one typo per post.
It finally dawned on me that the reason more people weren’t coming back to my blog was because I lost credibility every time I made simple typos. It doesn’t matter how awesome my post idea is, small typos will ruin any piece of writing. If I were a reader of my blog, I would think that the person who wrote it was so lazy and inconsiderate to his readers that he didn’t even take the time to run a simple spell check and read through his posts before publishing. If I want to show my readers that I respect them, I need to do a better job with editing my posts.
My Most Common Typos
- Confusing “there”, “their”, and “they’re”
- Confusing “your” and “you’re”
- Confusing “its” and “it’s
- Writing “alot” instead of “a lot”
- Subject/verb agreement
- Typing “a”, “the”, and “to” too many times. (Ex. I think the the fair is awesome.)
- Dumb spelling mistakes
If my blog were a term paper, I would probably get a C- for all these typos. How embarrassing!
What I Will Do to Correct It
- Use Miscrosoft Word to write posts. To my credit, I often did use the spell check in Wordpress’s post editor. The problem with the spell check in Wordpress is that the dictionary is limited, so it skipped several of my misspelled words. Wordpress also lacks a grammar check, so it’s hard to see if I’ve made any subject/verb agreement mistakes or if repeated too many “the’s.”
- Have my wife look over my posts. Even though Word has a powerful spell check and grammar check, it still misses things. My wife on the other hand has an eagle eye for spelling and grammar mistakes.
I owe a big apology to my readers for not taking the time with such an little, but important thing. You deserve the best and I failed to deliver.
I also need to apologize to my wife. She’s been on me for sometime now about doing a better job editing my posts. Out of pride and stubbornness, I ignored her. I don’t like to admit I have a problem with spelling, but the sad fact is I do. I’ve never been that great of a speller. In fact, I had such a problem with spelling in elementary school that I cheated on spelling tests. My third grade teacher finally caught me one day. I don’t think I ever cried so hard in my life (I’ve also never cheated on anything since then). I just need to accept that spelling isn’t my forte and take steps to mitigate errors, even if that means accepting help from others. I’m sorry, Kate.
I want to start clean. From now on, I promise to have no more typos in my blog posts. I hope by focusing myself more on editing, I’ll be able to attract more traffic and more imporantly, more subscribers to my blog. I hope other bloggers can learn from my mistake. If you want to have an extremely successful blog, make sure to edit the crap out of them.
[tags]blogging, miscellaneous blog tips[/tags]