I asked this question on Twitter and actually got several replies in the time it took me to get from home to uni! Call me lame, but I thought this was exciting. 😛
Would you prefer to be told about weird grammatical mistakes on your blog? E.g. using the wrong preposition or missing out a word.
hm, i’m gonna go with yes on that one. but i’m kind of an english nut. this does not apply to twitter! 😉 @feistyred
yes, I would. That way I know what I’m doing wrong for next time. 🙂 @marblehead
no, but it would be nice if you could correct them for me @AussieSire
Yes. But only because I’m an insane perfectionist who proofreads everything I write ten times. 🙂 @nektros
Maybe I’m being a grammar nazi
An example of the kind of mistake I mean is when you’re thinking about taking a sentence in one direction, then change it, but don’t change all of the words.
Oh my goodness! Last night this guy was totally laughed at me because I did a silly run to get out of the rain.
See how I could have said,
this guy was totally laughing at me then I changed to,
this guy laughed at me, but I didn’t remove the previous phrase. I could have gone the other way too; I could have written,
this guy laughed at me, but thought it was boring so I went to a more colloquial voice,
this guy was totally laughing at me, but when I added in “was totally” I didn’t change the word “laughed”.
When there’s these kind of errors (that should be picked up with one read though), it makes me think that the blogger doesn’t care enough about their readers to make sure that their thoughts are voiced clearly. Even though the sentence is readable and you know what they’re saying, it doesn’t leave a good impression.
I would be happy for people to slip in a “by the way, you mispelt bananas” or “that sentence didn’t make a lot of sense”, because I do try to proof read, but some things are bound to slip by. I didn’t always proof read, and you can tell by the number of spelling mistakes and rambling in my old posts.
Do you want to be corrected on mistakes like that? Are you thinking I should just get a life and stop worrying about using English properly?