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It’s the “what” and not the “how”… Or is it?

Running a website or a blog has never been easier and more accessible. There’s WordPress, Blogger, Livejournal, Tumblr. Thanks to such user-friendly and simple websites, every day thousands of new online blogs are created and anyone can become a blogger. The question is – should they?

I’m not talking about sites run by teens testing make up or personal journals for a distant family abroad, but about resourceful, opinion-forming sites that actually want to matter. Unfortunately, it seems that many of them (without pointing any fingers), focus all their attention on the quantity of posts and not the quality. Of course, the topic of the blog is important, but so are the grammar and spelling.

Many a time have I been dismissively called a “grammar nazi” after I’ve corrected my friends or colleagues (not that I’m never wrong! *wink*). Some may say that I’m nit-picking and it’s the what, not the how that counts. But is it really? Image visiting a website of a company, let’s say Apple or Microsoft, which is full of grammatical and spelling (for the love of God, it’s 2012, use spell check!) errors – they probably wouldn’t gain your trust, would they? So why should it be any different for blogs?

Of course, many bloggers, including the entire PayLane team, write their posts not in their mother tongue, but that does not mean that they (and we) have preferential treatment. That’s why before any of us publishes a post we have it proof-read by each other. And even though our texts are not perfect, we can proudly say that we tried our best.

Not to talk just theory, take a look at this list of bloggers’ greatest sins, which have been so bluntly, yet brilliantly, described by The Oatmeal in this infographic.The Oatmeal

I guess there is nothing left for me to do but hope that this post is error-free and ask you to pay attention to your grammar and hope that next time you write ‘definiately’, you’ll remember how silly it makes you look.

Mr. Banks is actually a fictional character, but does some real work. This makes him PayLane's fictional employee of the year :)

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