Grammar Mistakes Can Ruin Credibility


When posting on a professional blog, whether it is a company blog, a personal blog, or a company blog that is run by employees, writers should write on the blog in a professional tone with little to no grammar errors. When someone is writing for a professional blog they should always use correct grammar, a professional tone, and professional writing lingo. If a company blog is full of grammar mistakes, spelling errors and unprofessional writing it can make the readers of the blog think of your company as not being a serious company. Some companies do not understand the importance of good grammar and the professionalism of the information that they put on their blog.

There is a theoretical importance to having and using good grammar and being professional. According to The Economist, Kyle Wiens runs two technology companies and Wiens wrote a blog post for the Harvard Business Review titled “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.” In this blog post Wiens states that “good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet” and goes on to say that the words you post on social media sites such as Facebook, blogs, and e-mails, are the only thing you have on these sites. If someone wants to come across professionally via social media, we can only tell if the person is professional by reading their words. As of right now, we do not have the option of hearing these people speak via social media.

Wiens goes on to say that the understanding of “language as code” is behind some of the more wrong-headed forms of language sticklerism. Something as simple as a missing apostrophe can make certain sensible readers annoyed. If you have “its” and “it’s” and you forget an apostrophe it can change the entire sentence. Something else that Kyle Wiens says in his blog post is that language is constantly changing, but because it is constantly changing that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. People will constantly judge a writer if the writer doesn’t know the difference between their, there, and they’re.  Wiens also believes that if a person is a good writer and believes that writing is important, that they will be good at other jobs unrelated to writing.

Something that we can learn from the blog post that Kyle Wiens wrote titled I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar” is that the usage of good grammar is essential to being a professional writer. Coming from someone who has two jobs and has time to write about why he would not hire someone if they have horrible grammar, one should realize how important good grammar and professionalism actually is. Especially on company blogs, good grammar can show how professional your business is and makes readers find your business credible. How crazy is it to think that something as small as grammar could ruin the company’s image. Although grammar may seem like a small part in a blog, it honestly could be the most important part of the blog.

My name is Kelsey Tucker and I am a student at the University of South Florida. I am currently enrolled in ENC 3250.700 with Prof. Richards.

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