Duz ya spellin matta? U understand wut Im askin u dnt u, even if I spell it rong? So with that in mind, does it really matter if a blog post is badly spelt with poor grammar?
Yes. Ok, so that might be a rather short and blunt answer. But, and forgive me if I come across like a bit of a linguistic snob here, no matter how much I like a blog, if its content is frequently littered with poor spelling and grammar I will stop reading.
Why? Well there are a few reasons, to be honest. I have a tendency to wonder, if someone can’t be bothered to run a spell checker, how do I know they can be bothered to get their facts right? Spelling and grammar is a core element of written communication and blogging is about communicating ideas, thoughts and opinions.
I’m not saying that the odd mistake will never slip in. None of us are perfect, after all. But the fact is that there’s really very little excuse for consistent poor spelling and grammar (at least in your first language)! Word processing packages all come with a simple spelling and grammar checker and while it might not be absolutely perfect, it picks up on many of the most common errors.
Good spelling and grammar is perhaps more important than ever when it comes to web content. I say this for a few reasons. Firstly, there is so much information at the tips of fingers now, thanks to Internet, that there are literally countless of competitor sites and blogs who will be only happy to take your readers! Because of this, it’s more important than ever that your site is the best it can be in every element. Blogs should communicate an idea or thought quickly. Readers should be able to establish the purpose of your post without having to decipher or translate spelling errors first.
You should also consider the fact that blogs have a truly international audience. If someone for whom English isn’t a first language may be reading your material, then it’s critical the spelling is right. If there’s the odd word or sentence that these readers don’t understand, they can look them up. But they’ll have a hard time looking up misspelt words.
But perhaps more than the practical reasons, for me, spelling is just another indicator of the effort put into a blog. Not proofreading posts and just leaving typos and misspellings all over the place just reeks of, “I can’t be bothered.” So come on, ladies and gents, it’s just a quick spell check!
Stacey Cavanagh is an online marketer working for Tecmark SEO London and can also be followed @staceycav on Twitter.