With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.― William Shakespeare, ‘
Okay. Get ready to roll on the floor laughing, because I. Have. Arrived. 😛
Do you remember that time when you were writing a post, and had planned to schedule it for a week later, because it was something you didn’t want anyone to read before the scheduled date? You typed up some points to create a rough draft, and had used all sorts of personal shorthand (you know, the quick abbreviations and short forms you use, which only you can understand?). And then, you get a notification about an important email. You hurriedly tried to exit the WordPress app, and instead of hitting the draft button, you hit the publish button. And you realised your mistake only AFTER attending to the important work in that important email i.e. five hours and ten comments later.
Or do you remember that one day when you scheduled a post, but it was incomplete? Incomplete in the sense: half the important content missing. And then tada! The blog post goes live without you realising it. Seven hours later, you check your notifications, wondering why you’ve got comments when you didn’t post anything. And then TADAAA! You get the shock of your life when you see that your post went live, with all its mistakes and incoherence, AND you’ve got comments from readers who think you’ve gone bonkers!
Wait, wait. I’ve got one anecdote for the veterans who are quietly smirking at the above jokes. Do you remember those early days, when you used to use the section called ‘keywords’/’tags’? “Hehe, almost everyone uses tags these days”, you say. But here’s the joke: Nowadays, you use tags which are formal in nature, and you are more SEO-conscious when you type in tags. But remember those early days when you used enter in tags like ‘I don’t know why I wrote this post’, ‘strawberry and raspberry milkshake rules!’ or even ‘I’m wearing green-and-white polka dot pants today, what about you?’
Hahaha, I hear the sound of the last laugh. From my side of the computer screen.
Now now, don’t go feeling all sad. Don’t click the ‘x’ button just yet.
Mistakes happen. If mistakes are a part of human nature, they almost certainly have to be a part of blogging nature. In fact, the mistakes you make are the reason why people will call you an ‘experienced’ blogger. (Sorry, but I just had to write that line :P)
Here are some tips on how to reduce silly mistakes in blogging. Of course, even after all these precautions, little slippery mistakes might escape from your fingers and onto the keyboard. Don’t fret about it, I’ve also got a cool patch-up plan for any blogging mistake you may make!
- Proofread your posts: I can’t stress the importance of reading your own posts once again before publishing/scheduling it. Spelling mistakes may seem trivial to you, but for some readers, it could be a deal breaker. Suppose someone has stumbled on your blog for the first time, and the first paragraph of the first post that they read has no less than three silly grammatical/spelling errors. Your bounce rate would need an IV drip, then.
- Use one particular way of typing posts: For example, if you are used to using the WordPress PC website, stick to it. Chances of making a mistake will obviously be higher if you use the Phone app on a one-off occasion. This is because your mind learns to subconsciously remember the positions of all the buttons, and is temporarily stumped at the change of layout of the screen! Plus, it is possible that you may not be acquainted with the use of the buttons on the mobile / PC version if you have been using the PC / Mobile version, and that hesitation could be your downfall (and the readers rolling-on-the-floor fall)
- If you spot the mistake after publishing the post: Sing an Hallelujah if you the stats for that post are zero. If there’s one view, then hope that the reader skimmed through the content and didn’t see your mistake. If there are five views and one comment, you might as well shut down your blog and shift to the Himalayas. Just kidding. You can edit your post even after its published, so use that option to rectify your mistake. Most probably, the comment on your blog could be from a helpful reader who wants to tell you about your mistake. But in most of the cases that won’t happen, because really considerate readers will notify you about any mistakes via a private message. And even if the comment aims to bash you for writing something erroneously, congratulations at your first experience of getting trolled!
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share an embarrassing story about a blogging mistake you made. Don’t feel shy, we’ve all got something to our credit (the second story at the beginning being mine, minus the exaggeration of getting a comment!)