We Are Not Perfect
Everyone knows that, especially Christians. We all have faults. Even in the activities that we’re seemingly brilliant in, we sometimes still need a little help.
Just as Einstein sometimes needed assistance with his math, some blog and web article writers could use a second set of eyes on their work prior to posting. Personally, I feel I probably over use commas and write sentences are are sometimes a bit too long. The most common mistakes, however, are homophones.
Homophones are a type of homonym that also sound alike and have different meanings, but have different spellings. source
It’s like saying, “I felt bad that I had hurt there feelings.”
Can you find the error?
It should read, “I felt bad that I had hurt their feelings.”
Here’s a list of commonly misused words and a quick example on how to correctly use them:
- there — “Over there”
- their — “Their possessions”
- they’re — “They’re having a good time”
- your — “Your possessions”
- you’re — “You’re having a good time”
- its — “Its possessions”
- it’s — “It’s having a good time”
I read a few blogs out there that are very content rich. The ideas are well thought out and the points are clearly made. Some of these blogs would be great to reference when engaging in conversation with non-believers. The problem is that a person’s perception is often their reality, and if they perceive the author to have less intelligence that themselves, they might just throw out the whole thing.
Many folks out there think that your activities/lifestyle (drinking, long hair, piercings, etc) can, “Hurt your witness.” I think our grammar can do the same in our written evangelism.
We’re Better Together
That is a saying we have in my church. I know there are others out there with the same or similar statement. This counts in our writing as well. How many newspaper, magazine or pro-level website journalists do you think submit their work straight to print without having an editor look over it? I would think the answer is none.
We should do the same. I suggest that put aside any fears of criticism, content thieves or whatever else is out there and partner up for some peer reviews. I am wide open to proofread for some of the simpler issues, such as the homophones. At a minimum I suggest that you read your own post a few times before publishing it. It is less common, but I do sometimes see where a correction was made or a different wording was preferred but the original is still there.
What Do You Think?
You’re comfortable posting the content, but are you comfortable with having someone proofread?