Grammar Girl & I Are On A First Name Basis

I was first introduced to Grammar Girl my freshman year of college during my first public relations class. I have now referenced Grammar Girl in a multitude of blogs and various writing assignments. She has become a helpful and resourceful friend of mine. Her website provides helpful post and podcasts to help enhance everyday writing.

I recently read up on a few of her more recent posts and stumbled upon probably one of the most helpful post yet: 10 Tips to Banish Typos.

What struck me about this posts is that it stresses not the downfalls of a specific gramatical problem but rather just carelessness in our writing. A lot of times our writing is poor simply due to the fact that we neglect to proofread and fix our typos.

Grammar Girl provided 10 helpful tips to avoid typos:

The best way to find typos is to have someone else read your work.

  1.  Have someone else read your work.
  2. When you’re writing on your computer, use the auto-correct feature.
  3. Run your work through your computer’s spell-checking tool.
  4. Print your work.
  5. Give yourself some time.
  6. Read your work aloud.
  7. Force yourself to read each word.
  8. Read your work backward.
  9. Separate proofreading tasks.
  10. Print your work in a different font with different margins

She also provides a link to this video for more tips regarding typos:

But in all honesty, how many of these tips will I truly follow through with even in this blog post? I want to perfect my writing daily. I do strive to produce the best in any area I perform in. However, the simple truth is we live in a generation where time is crucial and we want the best output with minimal input.

And it’s true that this is probably not the best mentality to have, and we ultimately choose to pursue a mediocre lifestyle when we lean more towards this work ethic. But I suppose I would also like to read a condense version of this post. Maybe a Top 10 Tips to Banish Typos: Crash Course Edition.

Other than that, I applaud you once again Grammar Girl. You are perfecting our generations writing skills one podcasts at a time.


Comments Please!

The unique part about blogging and online writing is that it gives you the opportunity to participate in active dialogue. Opposed to a newspaper or magazine, blogs allow the reader to engage with what the writer is saying via comments!

Comments are an integral part of social media. It allows for both support and criticism for the writer, which is a crucial to effective blogging to have a balance of both. You are able to simply leave a “hey, this was a great post.” Or “I don’t completely agree with what you’re saying here.” Then BAM, you have now integrated conversation in what was just one end of a blog post. I believe comments are what keep blogs and online writing fresh and up-to-date. People are always eager to read because they play an active role in what the writer is saying and what they may say after receiving viewer feedback.

Comments provide encouragement to writers. It helps the reader to feel as if they are not alone. It’s much easier to write and continue writing when you know someone is out there listening and in unison with what you are saying.

So here are a few simple tips to make the most out of your commenting experience:

1. Write lenghty comments. I’m not saying to write a novel, but writing out more than “great post” makes you really consider what the writer said and analyze your true feelings to what you felt about what they posted.

2. Be honest. Even if your comments aren’t the most flattering, any criticism allows the writer to grow. It’s about building a sense of community among the readers and the writers.

3. Reach out. Read blogs by people you don’t know too well. You stretch yourself and your opinions when your communing with people who may have different views as you.

Here are a few more opinions on the cruciality of blog comments:

Overall, my advice would be to write often and comment often.

Personal Social Media

I am embarking on my fifth semester of public relations and social media classes. Through these classes I have integrated a number of social media platforms into my daily agenda. Even beginning most of these classes, social media played a prominent role even in simply socializing. Here are a few of the social media platforms I use and a brief description of what I use them for:

  1. Twitter. This is probably the social network I use the most on a daily basis. I first signed up for a twitter account my senior year of high school but my usage really took off when I began college. I strictly used twitter for socializing with friends and keeping up with the news and celebrities. After several PR classes and internships involving social networking, I have learned the effectiveness twitter offers in the workplace and creating professional connections. I like twitter because it’s clean and simple. It provides a means of sharing an excess amount of information in few words.
  2. Facebook. Facebook is another social network I actively use. Just like twitter, I began using Facebook solely for the purpose of socializing. I like Facebook because it allows me to stay connect with my friends directly and from a distance. Facebook also allows room for marketing events through wall post and event invitations.
  3. Tumblr. This is what I use the most when it comes to blogging. I like it because it’s easy to use and visually appealing. I can blog the longest of posts that provide insight into my life or excerpts from writings or something as simple as a quote and picture.
  4. LinkIn. I use LinkedIn as a way to publish my resume online. It connects me with friends and professionals and allows for others to find me based on my experience and expertise.
  5. HootSuite. I mostly came into contact with hoot suite through marketing internships. I was able to update businesses Facebook and twitter accounts at once and schedule automatic status updates through this one platform.

These are just a few of the social network platforms that I currently participate in and reasons why I have continued to use them.