Tips for Proofreading

In my rant on the lack of proofreading in today’s world, I promised to offer some tips on how to proofread. So here a just few ways to proof your blog posts, emails or articles. Oh, and it’s raining outside, I have been very busy and I am now a little punchy so my tips are in the form of  song lyrics. Mostly outdated song lyrics, but it’s my blog. I can do what I want.

  1. Cause I told you once, now I told you twice. Read through your blog post twice at the VERY least. How many times I read mine depends, but I bet on average it’s at least four times. Maybe more.
  2. Slow down, you move too fast. Read it slowly and pay attention to every word, especially those words that most people get confused about like “your” and “you’re” and “it’s” or “its.”
  3. Don’t cry out loud. Because crying is for babies. But do read your writing out loud. And remember Tip #2 and read it slowly. Concentrate on each word and read contractions as two separate words (read “it’s” as “it is”) to make sure you are using the correct word.
  4. I do believe I’ll find myself a new place. If you’re writing a blog post, proof it in preview mode and not in your editor. Or print it out. Look at it in a new format.
  5. Just walk away. Sometimes you look at something too long and it becomes what you want it to be, instead of what it really is. Step away from your computer and take a break. Come back and read it again with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective.
  6. Help! I need somebody. Have someone else with a good grasp on the English language read it. You know that friend who corrects your Facebook statuses or in front of strangers? Yeah, that guy. Ask him. Or her. Or me.

And lastly, my friend Leisa suggested that you read rouy gnitirw sdrawkcab. Ok, not like that. Read the words right to left instead of left to right starting at the end. This won’t help with content of course, but it will make you focus on individual words. Or read each sentence from the end of the post to the beginning. You can still focus on content, but it also helps you look at it from a different view.

So what about you? What do you do when you proofread your material? Still think I’m crazy for caring so much? Have better lyric suggestions? Let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

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One Response to “Tips for Proofreading”

  1. robin h says on :

    I can’t believe how many times I can look at something online and not catch mistakes until I see it in print. I know it wastes paper, but it’s what works for me.