Spelling, Grammar and the Blogosphere

I’m a bit of a spelling snob. There, I admitted it. Don’t get me wrong, though. That doesn’t mean I’m linguistically perfect! Far from it. I’m the typo Queen and well, we all make the odd mistake, right? But I like to see blogs and websites where the spelling and grammar is of a good quality. No matter how interesting the subject matter of any website is, if the spelling is frequently terrible, I will stop reading.

Perhaps that seems a little harsh, but let me explain my logic.

Thanks to the wonder that is word processing spell checkers, there’s no excuse for consistently poor spelling, is there? There are even grammar checkers now! So someone constantly misspelling words all over their blog gives off the impression of, ‘I can’t be bothered to check.’ If you can’t be bothered to check your spelling, how do I know you can be bothered to check your facts? Does this then bring the accuracy of everything you’re saying on the blog into question too?

Yes. In my opinion, it does.

Add to that the fact that I lose concentration on the subject matter when I’m muttering to myself about the spelling mistakes and the content has lost all value for me.

It’s not just that, either. Anything you post on the Internet has a potentially global audience. Not everyone is a native English speaker. Many non-native English speakers read English blogs and sites and where they encounter trouble with a word or two, they can simply look up the meaning – but not if it’s been misspelled!

Spelling is the absolute basic of written communication and written communication is exactly what a blog is all about, surely? So is it really asking that much to ask people to get the basics right?