Shane Author’s article, “14 Foolproof Proofreading Tips for Bloggers,” laid out tips in order for bloggers to be more successful. Out of the 14 tips, I found three most helpful: read and write each day, take breaks between writing and reading and read the article out loud.
Author discusses the importance of reading and writing each day whether you enjoy it or not. She said that the more you read, the more enjoyable it is for you to re-read articles, and the more you write, the easier it becomes to catch errors within the context of your article. Her points make sense. It’s like practicing a sport. The more you practice, the better and more accurate you will become.
It is helpful to take small breaks while writing an article. Author says that a more accurate proof is when you have a fresh mind and fresh eyes. I had never thought of doing that until I read this article. It makes perfect sense. I read through the article immediately after I’ve completed it. This makes me want hurry and read through just to be finished.
Author says that reading what you write out loud is beneficial. When you read something out loud you’re able to hear and read what you’ve written. This allows you to find errors you may have overlooked when reading to yourself.
Passive voice is bad. Active voice is good. Author says to avoid the words “to be.” She describes writers as “authority figures.” We are in control and we should have authority over our article and write confidently.
Author’s helpful hints have taught me to be a more punctual writer. With these tips I will be able to write more effectively and keep the attention of my readers for a longer period of time.