No one is immune to the odd typo or mistake when writing. This is really not what I'm talking about today. I'm referring to horrible grammar that is almost painful to look at. Now you might argue that my own blog isn't exactly a stronghold in orthography. In my defense, English isn't my mother language. While I consider myself to be (almost) fluent and quite eloquent (on good days, anyway) I know that I make plenty of mistakes. Maybe none that would make the grammar police come knocking on my door on a daily basis, but they might stop by every now and then for a nice cup of tea nonetheless.
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Then there are bloggers (which shall remain unmentioned) who are from the US or the UK, so they should have a better sense for their native tongue (one should think). I've read blog posts that were littered with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes that would make their former English teacher drop dead (not sure whether the teacher would die out of shame or shock, probably both). Maybe I'm the only one who cares, because hundreds of followers on those blogs can't be wrong, but to me this is just horrible especially because these bloggers obviously love to read and ... well, maybe I simply shouldn't assume that readers make writers.
One fine day a certain blogger announced she's thinking about writing a book. She also admitted to having terrible grammar. Needless to say there was a big fat mistake in her short statement. Here's a thought: if you know you're not close friends with orthography why not try to snuggle up to it and get to know it a wee bit better? Either that or start looking for a good editor, 'cause otherwise ... yikes!
Then there is another blogger who always gets one particular word wrong and I have no idea whether no one dares to tell her this or maybe I'm just oblivious to a hidden meaning of the word she uses. Of course I could ask (in a private message, not in a comment, mind you). Maybe I should. Stuff like that won't make me fall asleep at night, ha.
Bottom line is that I wouldn't keep on following certain blogs if the overall content wasn't good. Still I wish that some bloggers would take more care when writing their blog posts. I mean, come on! We are book bloggers! We should know the written word better than most!
Today I'm extra curious about your opinions, so comment away! And in case you find any mistakes in this post, I'll bye you a beer!
Didn't find a mistake? *ahem*
Then you should read the previous sentence again, because I put one their.
You might want to read the last sentence again as well.
No one said I couldn't have fun playing the grammar-game!