The importance of utilizing proper grammar should never be underestimated. Whether you are a blogger, an entrepreneur, a doctor, or a carpenter, your misuse of grammar can make you susceptible to judgment and reputation damage.
Wikipedia defines grammar as “the set of structural rules that governs the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language”; you want to make sure you know what those rules are! Particularly in the world of blogging, where words are your tools of the trade, proper utilization is critical.
Here, we’ll talk about the potential impacts of poor grammar on a blogger’s career, and then about what you can do to brush up a bit on your skills. And don’t fret – most of us could use a refresher course!
Readers won’t take you as seriously. If you are trying to write with some level of seriousness on a subject, it’s a bit difficult to look credible if you are not articulating your point using proper grammar. Be sure not to lose your valuable readership simply because you aren’t putting sentences together properly.
Booking new work becomes difficult. Your current work begets new work, unless your portfolio is filled with grammar errors galore. If your grammar is poor, other bloggers won’t ask you to guest post, nor will the assignments flow your way when you try to book them on prominent sites. Some of these sites actually even require grammar mastery tests up front in order to be considered for work, making it even more important to have a good grasp on grammar as a blogging professional.
Your online reputation will be damaged. Google is a go-to for many people these days when they want to learn more about someone. Whether you are applying for a job, going on a first date, or one of your readers wants to learn more about you, you are quite likely going to get Googled.
And unfortunately, once your blog posts hit the internet (especially if they are on someone else’s blog), it can be hard to go back and make the grammatical changes that you or someone else might later notice. So now you have a permanent online record of your grammatical goofery – oops! Don’t make the mistake of submitting work that has grammatical errors in it and simultaneously risking your online reputation.
So how can you brush up on your grammatical skills and entirely avoid all of the above? There is a great (and free!) online grammar course at EnglishGrammar101.com that consists of six different modules. The modules include the following: Word and Phrase Patterns, Clause Patterns, Verb Tense and Verbal Patterns, Verb Forms and Sentence Patterns, Punctuation and Capitalization, and Troublesome Words. There are helpful tests integrated into each module to ensure that you absorb the lessons. This is a fun and easy way to ensure your mastery of proper grammar, and to also be certain that you won’t lose great job opportunities because you simply forgot a few lessons from your days as a schoolchild.
Cara Aley is a freelance writer and former English major, writing about everything from matters of health and wellness to those of reputation management.