Are Your Web Articles Representing You As An Expert Or A Moron?
Its true that prior to the computer age, writers where obliged too actually learn language and couldn't rely on there computers spell checkers to affect the changes to bale them out from loosing credibility.
Stop. Did you catch all eight of the spelling errors in that sentence? Don't bother running your spellchecker on it, since all eight words are spelled properly. They are however, completely wrong in context.
No, I'm not going to tell you which are the eight. If you want to be a quality web writer, figure it out yourself!
It's hard to believe in a day and age where the proliferation of spellchecking is seen to be a substitute for actually learning to write, but once upon a time writers actually had to learn to spell. Spelling these days is a lost art, as all we have to do is click a button and rely on the wizardry of software to take care of everything for us.
Most people who are ardent users of spellcheck will rail against using grammar checking software. This may be a residual of unpleasant experiences in grade school, or it may be that grammar checking software is too strict and points out too many problems in everyday writing which simply aren't that bad. In the last sentence, "which" was incorrectly utilized. It should have been "that". However, the sentence actually sounds and flows better with a which instead of a that. Grammar checking software doesn't care. It is written with all of the rules of the English language incorporated in it and it will apply them to your writing, no matter how archaic or outmoded the rule may be.
A great example is: a squirrel, a mouse, a cat and a dog. Is that three subgroupings or four? The way it's written it seems that the cat and the dog are together, separate from the squirrel and separate from the mouse In order to demonstrate that they are four separate groupings shouldn't there be a comma prior to "and a dog"?
That may seem irrelevant when discussing a group of mammals, but if you change the subject to technology, it becomes much more significant:
The CompuWhizz 2000 computer comes with 500GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, a 512MB videocard and all the software.
What does "all the software" relate to? Is the software discussed just the video software such as drivers and Control Panel applications to use the videocard, or does it refer to the software for the computer, such as the Operating System, Office Suite, Anti-Viral, and other similar applications? Considering that the video software comes free with the card, and the combination of Windows Vista Ultimate and the top Office 2007 software package costs quite a bit more than $1,000, it might be a really good idea to specify exactly what you're including with your CompuWhizz 2000computer.
The bottom line is simple. Either you learn how to write properly, or you will turn off any educated reader and be left only with readers that are as illiterate as you seem to be... and if you're trying to sell them on your authority as an expert web writer, you're coming off looking like a fool.