I just want to start this with, yes it sucks, I know it does I have known since school. If I’m writing for a academic paper, journal, magazine, etc then I of course employ a proof reader/editor but here on my own site I don’t.
I have made no secret of the fact I struggle to maintain a blog, I find writing for such a varied audience hard and while I’m motivated by new things and cool ideas ultimately I have nearly a 100 drafts! That’s almost more drafts then posts.
So what’s with this post?
Well I regularly get people commenting and complaining about the grammar on the blog. Strangely most of these people use fake details and ironically nearly all make grammar mistakes in their comments. The latest one was quite long and detailed so I decided to respond by email sadly I was greeted with.
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 554 554 delivery error: dd This user doesn’t have a yahoo.com account (firstname.lastname@example.org)  – mta194.mail.ac4.yahoo.com (state 18).
In the email I reiterated the fact the blog is simply a place for my musing and thoughts and not a structured or edited. While writing the email I was chatting to Carolyn and between us (ok mainly her I was concentrating on not making mistakes) we came up with several ideas based around identifying such comments. However the whole incident has left me pondering the importance of grammar on this site and how it’s effecting peoples mental state.
What would you do?
So here is my question as many people know I’m prepping for v3 of timnash.co.uk it will still have the blog but perhaps the content on it may change. Basically I have 5 choices:
- Do nothing – Keep everything the way it is maybe add a disclaimer just to rewarn and ask people not to be an ass when commenting
- Make content purchase only – and use the money to pay an editor.
- Pay for an Editor – timnash.co.uk does not make money to pay for an editor would mean finding a way to pay for the editor or it comes out of my pocket, reducing the posts even more
- Stop Writing – It’s simple, I can’t offend if I don’t write
- Ask for donations for an editor – do you feel strongly enough that would put your hand in your pocket to help pay for an editor?
Please if you can spend 20 seconds answering the two questions it will help me make some choices. Also how would you handle the issue of grammar and spelling? Should I just take a chill pill!
Oh and the evil idea Carolyn came up with?
Every time some one comments and their comment has words like spelling, grammar or apostrophes they are taken to a screen asking if they are sure they want to post such a comment. It would also suggest they make a donation to the Dyslexic Research Group a charity I have been supporting for years.