If you are reading this article, I’m pretty sure you own a blog and you are constantly looking forward to improving it. Building and maintaining a healthy blog is no easy job. It requires hard work and patience, and also good grammar. Yes, you read that right – you need to have a good command over grammar to help take your blog to the next level. People like to read articles which follow the rules of grammar because it holds together the English language and enables people to understand what you are trying to convey. Poor grammar can affect your blog in many ways – it can slow down your readers, your readers may get confused, big brands and businesses don’t want to work with you, nobody wants to sponsor your content, other bloggers don’t feel like linking back to your articles, search engines like Google frowns upon you, your content will be pushed down in search engine results page, etc.
Why You Must Care About Grammar
Grammatical errors can make you look unprofessional as a writer and make your blog appear unreliable. To gain the trust of your readers, you must fix these errors and start writing like a PRO. Every writer wants to be heard, right? That’s precisely why they want everyone to read their content. Imagine writing something out of the world and not having many readers to read your content.
Have you ever been in the same situation and wondered why?
That’s because people don’t trust your knowledge and they don’t trust your credibility as a writer.
What’s the reason?
It is mainly because your content is full of grammatical mistakes and it makes you appear DUMB in front of your readers.
And let me tell you something, grammatical errors make your writing hard to understand, and turn off your readers immediately.
So, next time when you start writing a blog post, do check for the following errors.
Common Grammatical Mistakes Bloggers Make
1. Your and You’re
“Your” is a possessive pronoun, used to mainly show ownership or relationship with something. For example, your car, your shop, your blog.
Whereas “You’re” is a contraction for” you are”.
Confuse between the above two and your readers will be even more confused than you actually are.
2. It’s and Its
Again a very silly mistake that can lose your credibility as a writer if you are not careful.
“It’s” is a contraction for “it is” or it has, depending on the tense.
Its is a possessive pronoun, for example, ‘this place has lost its charm.”
3. There and Their
There is used for giving reference to a particular place, for instance, “Let’s go there,” “there is no water,” ” there’s no electricity.”
Whereas ‘their’ is a plural possessive pronoun, used to show ownership for more than one person. For example, “their cars” or “their bags”.
4. Affect and Effect
The thing to remember here is, Affect is a verb, whereas “Effect” is a noun. Affect means to influence something, effect means the result and impact of something.
Let me give you an example from Google to make it easier for you,
“You can’t affect the creepy poem by reading it, but you can enjoy the effect of a talking bird.”
5. Didn’t do it versus Didn’t did it
This is the most common error I see people making every day.
You shouldn’t use two past simple verb forms in the same function of a verb string.
Following are some examples to make it easier for your understanding.
I didn’t eat it. (correct)
I didn’t ate it. (wrong)
I didn’t kill her. (Correct)
I didn’t killed her. (wrong)
I didn’t steal your money. (correct)
I didn’t stole your money. (wrong).
These are the five biggest grammar mistakes that blog writers make. Don’t forget that proper grammar does matter and as a fellow blogger please do share this post with your blogging friends. In this post, I’ve highlighted just these five grammar mistakes though there are many others mainly because these are the most common grammatical mistakes I’ve come across in the blogging community. Other writing mistakes include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, tenses, using the apostrophe in the right place, etc.
Thus I hope that you found this post useful. Also, don’t forget to bookmark this page just in case you wanted to have a look at it once more before you start writing your next blog post. If you liked this post, I’m sure you would also like my post on how to write great blog posts every time.