Maria, what do you make of great content with grammatical mistakes? Does it warrant intense public criticism?
Without a doubt, proofreading is crucial – for anyone, but especially for a writer. While I agree with the sentiment that errors can distract from the content of the article, I am convinced that intensely criticizing an author in public is not the kind way to go.
It would have been so much better to email the author privately and say, “I loved your article! I have also noticed a couple of errors and wanted to bring them to your attention. Perhaps you might consider reading your articles out loud before posting (tip courtesy of LinkedIn marketing trainer and speaker Theresa Merrill @sellsocialmedia, http://theresamerrill.com/).” Alternatively, if you feel compelled to comment publicly, at the very least be respectful.
The only person who doesn’t make mistakes is the one who doesn’t do anything. Let’s create and promote a kinder social media!
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