Lately, I’ve notice more and more typos creeping into my blog posts. It’s not a fun thing to admit, but it’s because I’ve become complacent about editing. Oh I could blame it on being busy, or life getting crazy, but the truth is...I’ve gotten sloppy.
It’s easy to do. We’re halfway through the year, things are going well with my blog, and my concentration has been elsewhere. Still no excuse.
So today I’m going back to the basics. I’m posting the checklist I use (at least I used to use it) before I publish a blog. It’s not a long involved process, but it will ensure those annoying typos become much less common place.
Before I get to the list you should know I compose my blog posts in a word document, with NO formatting. I do this for a couple of reasons.
- First, it gives me a back-up of everything I post on my blogs.
- Second, it’s easier to check for misspelled words here rather than in the compose pane of my blog.
Blog Edit Check List
1. I begin the process by looking for misspelled words. First checking for the ones my word processing program underlines in red, then checking some common words that have more than one spelling. Here’s a short list of ones that frequently get by me:
- lose vs. loose.
- chose vs. choose.
- its vs. it’s.
- there vs. they’re vs their.
- your vs. you’re.
2. At this point, I stop to copy and paste the post into the compose window of my blog. This is when I add the formatting. The reason I wait is because the formatting doesn’t copy and paste accurately. The reason for this due to the code involved with publishing a blog to the web. I also check for places to break up the text with bold, headings, italics and bullet points.
3. Next I add the photographs to illustrate the post.
4. Now that I have the photos, I go to the preview window to see if the font type is correct (verdana), and all the spacing lines up. Here’s what I’m looking for:
- I want an extra line between paragraphs.
- I don't want extra lines anywhere.
- I make certain the text and the pictures line up well, and there isn’t an odd or short line of text sticking out anywhere around the photos.
5. Finally, I return to the compose window and read the entire post out loud. I know it sounds weird, but your brain uses different pathways when you read something out loud and you’re less likely to see what’s actually on the page. This is when I add any commas or other punctuation marks I may have missed.
These steps won't insure a perfect post every time, but they will cut way back on incidental typos.
Now I'd like to know what you look for before you hit publish on your blog. Any tips you share about your process can help us all get better.
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