Does writing without proper grammar and spelling make a hubber seem more accessible to the reader?
Recently I have been told that writing in an informal, more colloquial and conversational manner brings the reader closer, feeling the writer to be more approachable and friendly. This ties in with the origin of the first "Blogger" style writings; more casual in delivery of information. Do you feel that this is how the readers continue to respond to blogging? Or has the blog taken on a new and more skilled face?
I think casual or informal writing is possible without making intentional spelling or grammar errors.
Yes, to make a hub more approachable, you might want avoid the $10 words and keep it friendly, first-person, and casual, but that's no excuse to throw away proper use the the English language or "dumb it down" with texting language.
Informal writing can definitely be appropriate in many situations whilst blogging/writing hubs, depending on the topic of the hub of course.
But I don't believe this comes from incorrect grammar and spelling. Personally, I find that if a hub has frequent grammar and spelling mistakes, I actually find it harder to carry on reading, and am much more likely to not finish reading the hub. And hubs with titles full of errors probably makes me unlikely to read them.
I think the informal nature, comes from injecting your personality into your writing.
I agree with the given answers that you don't need to compromise your grammar and spelling in your hubs. It also becomes harder to show to others that you are a quality writer if you don't show a good command of the language. It might be that you deliberately make spelling mistakes but who is going to believe that? You should write correctly and fix typos when you come across them.
You know this is an excellent question! I have been wondering about precisely this sort of thing for a very long time. I see this a lot from hubbers I KNOW to be highly educated and literate; I am certain they would never write in such a way outside of the Internet.
I'm talking about starting sentences without capital letters. I'm talking about dreadful run-on sentences, and the like. As for people whose literacy and education I'm not so sure of the output is even WORSE! I would see this and think to myself "What is this world coming to. Oh well, here's proof positive of America's "crumbling educational system," and so forth.
It never occurred to me that they may be doing this deliberately. In a way I'm relieved; things are not quite as dire as I'd feared.
I agree with skisy, whose answer I'm about to vote up soon as I'm finished. It is cool to be smart and educated and to know how to write and speak with vaguely sophisticated grammar and diction, and so forth -- without "putting on airs," or anything like that, you understand.
As skisy said, if an article (and I think one problem is that some hubbers DO NOT think of their hubs as "articles," which they should; they think of them as mere "hubs" that aren't important except as traps for clicks and therefore money) is full of mispellings, non-sequiturs, serious grammatical mistakes, and the like, I'm going to find it nearly impossible to read the piece from start to finish.
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