Proofreading is one of the most essential steps in blog creation. Yet so many people choose not to find another user willing to help out in this process. There may be times when there is an artistic reason to avoid proofreading. However, if you are looking to grow your blog and take it to new levels, then you must have your content proofread.
Even those of us who are native English speakers have trouble writing. It's not a straightforward language to grasp due to how many rules there are. Maybe it's just me, but there is no way that I can write a blog post with perfect English off the bat. I rely on many friends of mine to read over my work. When they edit, they find several things here and there that need to be tweaked to make the post read more smoothly.
If you are not a native English speaker and you write your blog in English, then it can not be avoided. Proofreading will significantly improve the quality of your blog post with the need to add any extra content. Making our posts easy to read is imperative for our growth. I can't tell you how many times an otherwise excellent write-up was left out of my curation due to an overwhelming amount of bad English.
Typos are inevitable. You should see my Grammarly account before I go through and fix them all. Spelling has always been the bane of my writing endeavors and switching to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard to ease my finger pain did not make my spelling any better. Typos are the hardest to catch when we proofread our own work. It's good to read what we typed after we finish, but getting a new set of eyes on the content is the best approach.
Easier To Read
Reading work that has not gone through the proofreading stage makes it incredibly hard to follow what is being said in the post. The level of difficulty ranges from person to person, but no matter how skilled the writer is, they shoot themselves in the foot when ignoring proofreading.
Think about it. Why would anyone spend the time to read a post that has typos and is difficult to follow? For many people reading takes willpower and when we make it hard on them, they are more likely to quit reading without upvoting or commenting. We need our finished product to allow our readers to enter a flow before they realize they've read the entire post.
If your goal is to grow your blog to new levels, then there needs to be some degree of professionalism. Proofreading gives that edge to all who take the time to find a proofreader willing to help out. How many times do we see typos in magazines and newspapers? Not as often as we do on blogs and status updates.
It is the professionalism that makes a blogger stand out. Over time, the readers see a level of consistency. Add in a good proofreader on each post, and you set yourself up for long-term success. There is no way for someone to "go pro" with sloppy writing and a ton of typos. It's better to take the extra time for someone else to proofread your content so you can shine that level of professionalism.
Use The Creators' Guild!
Not everyone knows someone confident in proofreading. That is why we have a dedicated team of proofreaders in the Creators' Guild Discord group. It is easy to use and we encourage every member to do so! If you use the proofreading section before you create your post, we will feature it in the special share section!
Our proofreading team is step three in our blog creation section of our chat group. It is in this category that you will be able to get the help you need to create your next stellar post for the Steemit network. You do not need to use every step if you already have them down, but in order to share your post in step four, you will have to use the proofreading section.
Blog Creation Channel Details
Section 01 Topic
If you already have your niche(s) nailed down, but having a hard time figuring out if a topic fits, this is the place to ask. You may also use this for brainstorming new ideas if you struggle to think of something for your next scheduled day. Anything focused on the subject of your next post goes here.
Section 02 Writing
Here is where we can help you get the creative juices flowing if you get struck by the dreaded writers' block. Just pop in and add
@blog coach to the message, so we know you need help.
Section 03 Proofreading
Proofreading is a crucial step in creating quality content on the Steemit platform. Without proofreading by another set of eyes, we miss many grammatical and spelling mistakes. Typos happen, that is why we created this channel. Send a message with
@proofreader and one of our dedicated proofreaders will give it a look over. Step three is the bare minimum to share your post in step four.
Section 04 Share
The share section is where we share our finished work after using the steps above. As said previously, step three is the only required step to get the post featured on our Discord. We are striving to improve the quality of the Steemit blockchain and choose to abstain from a link-dumping section.
Sorry, No Link-Dump
Yes, you read that right. We opted to leave out a link-dump section, unlike many other groups. We chose this route for a few reasons. The main reason is that we want to help you grow as a creator. Having a link-dump allows for a mass amount of members, but little interaction. Second, it is not common practice for someone to wade through a link-dump looking for a post to read. It's a false sense of networking that has little-to-no payoff.
Not having a link-dump section allows us to spearhead our vision. By requiring users to utilize the proofreading section before dropping a link to their post, we can make sure the post reads the best it can.
To have your post proofread, please use draftin.com, Google Docs, or another web-based service that our proofreaders can make suggestions that you can see. We are not able to correct work in the Steemit editor or in an offline Word document.
Staff Always Needed
If you have experience as a proofreader or editor, and would like to help out, please join the Guild and send a direct message to
jrswab#3134 to let me know. We need to make sure there is someone free at every time of day around the world. As we grow, the demand will only increase and become more intense.
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