Quality Check: How Bloggers Can Become Better Proofreaders


Quality Check: How Bloggers Can Become Better Proofreaders
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

10/24/2014

The advent of blogging has created a culture of misspelled words everywhere you turn. Unlike traditional acclaimed writers, bloggers don't necessarily need to have much writing experience to jump into blogging.

In fact, many marketing websites encourage beginners to just start blogging with "no experience necessary". The result has been a vast amount of unsuccessful bloggers who didn't have strong enough stories to tell. From the small class of successful bloggers are these insights that may improve your proofreading services:

Determine a Proofreader Mindset 

Even though a proofreader's job involves tedious work, it can be interesting by personifying a mindset based on determination to succeed. The proofreader should be aware of how spelling and grammar affects online credibility. One of the worst habits and weaknesses that a proofreader can have is the mindset that they're so good that they don't need to check their work.

Think of it as Proofing a Book 

Take your own writing as seriously as if you were proofreading a book. A certain amount of care must be taken for proofreading. Make sure it involves managing someone else's credibility with a committed approach to quality service.

Read and Write as Much as Possible 

Staying active with reading and writing helps you become a better proofreader and writer. Proofreading gets easier as you become more familiar with reading and writing. It's a good idea to submit well polished content so that you can be viewed as reliable and accurate. By frequently proofreading your own writing you will get a feel for why it is so important to the writing process.

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Read Aloud and Silently 

Practicing reading aloud and silently can help you develop a consistent and meaningful approach to proofreading. It's another way that proofreading doesn't have to be a boring job. It can be thought of a job that refines the art of communication.

Bloggers Link with Each Other 

Bloggers usually help and link each other out. But it's also possible for these links to hurt credibility if one of the parties has issues with web spam or content quality. Not all bloggers are regarded as authoritative by search engines, but many of the ones that are took the time to craft quality content.

Reduce the Speed of Blogging 

Sometimes a writer can overdo it with blogging, either by writing too much or too fast. Either way should be checked for accuracy. It's smart for writers to proofread their own writing before uploading or submitting it, especially if it's time sensitive material. Slowing down the blogging process can help refine your writing style.

Use an Active Voice 

Make sure that the narrative you create through writing reflects a voice that speaks in the present tense. Using past tense creates old imagery and it doesn't carry as much authority. Articles that talk about what "should have been" also lack authority in developing Google Search rank. Avoiding passive voice communication can give your writing a sharper focus.

Ask for Feedback on Your Posts 

It always helps to get honest feedback on your posts. One way to get your audience to participate in the writing content for your website is in the form of reviews. Providing an award for audience feedback can effectively attract valuable reviews. The best place to get instant feedback is from friends on social media.

Keep Reference Resources Organized 

You can speed up proofreading time by making sure that resource materials are within reach. Information websites such as online dictionaries and news articles can provide tools for making sure that content is free of errors. You may even want to customize your own content management system.

Spend Quality Time 

The most important thing to remember about proofreading is to spend the right amount of time with your writing to check for mistakes. Rushing through documents is a fickle way to generate accurate results. The key is to spend any amount of time that is necessary to make sure the writing has no errors and that it can be read with a smooth flow.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the President for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed success at GMR for almost ten years now and has helped the company grow. Within two years of Beth managing GMR Transcription, it had doubled in sales and was named one of the OC Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and two kids.