Do You Ever Proofread Your Posts?

Posted February 20, 2017 by Zeee in Discussions27 Comments


Let’s talk about anything bookish!

I recently re-read a few of my older posts (and even recent ones), and I discovered SIGNIFICANT errors! Errors in grammar, spelling, and even missing words! When I find these errors, I immediately edit said post while tamping down my embarrassment.

Now, this got me to thinking. How often to we really proof read our posts before it goes live? I mean, I have seen legit publications and news sites publish something that looks like it was never proofread! Or maybe if it did, it just fell through the cracks and got missed? Maybe?

Which again brings me to my question. Do you ever proofread your posts before scheduling them to go live? I certainly don’t most of the time! Or if I do, it’s basically a haphazard checking that I still miss things!

I know it’s not a big deal really, but still, it drives me up the wall when I read my errors. I can always claim that English is really not my first language (I spoke English first before I spoke my dialect) but I’m sure that wouldn’t fly.

These errors are not even that significant as to affect the overall thoughts of my posts.  In fact, it doesn’t really stress me out as much as I think it should. I guess it’s just me beating myself up for minor mistakes.

I’ve also noticed that when I have ideas jumping out of my head that my hands couldn’t keep up, I miss words. Or maybe I thought I typed it but in reality, I didn’t. I’m sure that has happened to all of us at one point or another.

What I’m trying to get at is this: I am bothered when I see errors on my posts but I really don’t proofread them before posting. Which really makes me lazy? Yeah?

Do you ever proofread your posts before scheduling them to go live?

If not, what do you do when you find errors in your posts?

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27 responses to “Do You Ever Proofread Your Posts?

  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’m horrible about proofreading my blog posts and I’m a freelance editor! Seriously, it’s really embarrassing to me when I notice some big, glaring error, but I just don’t take the time to proofread most of the time. Sad, I know.
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    • Zeee

      Hahaha me too! And I usually give myself a mental kick for typos and glaring errors that I should have caught prior to posting! haha 🙂

  2. Cyn @ Book Munchies

    I always try too! But I’ll sometimes go back and read it and notice errors anyways, haha. I can’t really proof read while writing it, so I try to read it once I’m finished (aka. in “published post” format) to check for errors.
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  3. Lover Of Romance

    I always try to look over my posts and reviews and skim them and make sure it sounds decent. But sometimes I just forget and then if I catch some mess up later I feel horrible for my readers hehe
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Bwhahha literally NEVER. If I see a typo after the fact, I’ll edit it. But meh. I mean, I don’t LOVE if there is a typo of course. And I HATE when I have sent a review link to a publisher or something with a typo in it, that makes me cringe. But I guess in the end, I don’t care enough to actually proofread. I never have, actually- even when doing tests or papers or such in school, I do it, I am done, and I move on. Otherwise I second guess myself wayyy too much. Love this post- and love seeing how people vary so much in the comments! 😀
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    • Zeee

      I agree! I don’t but maybe I do skim read it once but that’s it! When I see it, I edit the post but if I don’t well, my errors are out there for anyone to devour! hahaha

      Also I love reading the comments! Everyone has different opinions on how they do things!

  5. Michelle @ FaerieFits

    It bugs me to find typos, but clearly not enough for me to put work into preventing them, lol. I usually SKIM back over my post and look for anything obvious. But for the most part, I just do my best to not stress over it because otherwise I’ll never actually get a post UP from being too OCD and not having enough time. It’s all or nothing, haha.
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  6. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    Ahh I proof read my posts all the time, usually more than once 😛 After drafting the post from my laptop, I usually read them from my wordpress app in my phone because for some reasons, it’s easier for me to catch the mistakes. And then I edit when I go back to my laptop, and I proof read again before I hit publish. I do it to check for grammar and spelling errors and to make sure I get all my points across coherently. Sometimes when I write about sensitive topics I even ask a blogging friend to help proof read my post to make sure it’s not offensive hahaha but even after all this hassle, mistakes still happen and I’ll find myself in the same place that you do, catching errors a while after the post was published 😛
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    • Zeee

      I bow down to your dedication! I think I would be too critical on my own posts if I proofread them multiple times..and as a result, not get anything done!

  7. Jen @ Habitat for Happiness

    I try to proof read before hand, and oddly I find that when I “preview” my posts I tend to catch typos that I might have missed when I’m in the actual editing section of the blog. But of course I do miss things even then, and will sometimes catch things once things are live!
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    • Zeee

      It drives me crazy when I see typos on my posts but then again, I almost always do not proofread them so… I dunno.. I guess I’m crazy? haha

  8. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    I always proofread my posts, though once in a while I won’t (probably because I drafted and published the post at like, 1 AM). It doesn’t usually show because I’m a grammar stickler, but sometimes I read over posts and I’m like jeez, I missed an entire contraction (can vs. can’t). o_o It’s funny but it’s also irritating. Long story short, I proofread my posts. Spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, erroneous omission of words – all of that drives me crazy!

    Wonderful post, Zeee. =)

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    • Zeee

      It drives me crazy too, Alyssa but I’m just too lazy to proofread! I probably quickly skim the post and then schedule it and forget!

  9. Krysta @ Pages Unbound

    I always proofread my posts several times. But you can’t always tell from reading them…. :/

  10. Nick

    I’m so bad at this but I don’t proofread ever. And then I’ll catch mistakes here and there a couple of days later. I don’t know if I have the time to be proofreading though. I’d rather use that time to read. And anyways, even with the mistakes, as long as the message of my review comes across, I’m fine with it. 🙂
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    • Zeee

      You have a point, Nick! I actually don’t mind posts by other bloggers if I catch any typos, but I am very particular about my own..and still I refuse to proofread them! 😀

  11. Laura

    I always proofread my posts because I’m terrible for making errors! I can go through them a few times though and still miss stuff, which is super annoying!
    The thing is though that whilst I’m obsessed with not making mistakes in my own posts, I really don’t mind when I see errors in other people’s. We’re all human, and as long as I can still understand what they’re saying, it doesn’t bother me at all. We all do it! 🙂
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    • Zeee

      Yes, me too! It’s only my posts that I am very particular about. But others, I’m fine.

      The only time I am particular about typos and grammar is when I read an ARC or a published book, because that would distract me from the plot.

  12. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I always proofread my posts. Actually, what usually happens is that I write the post, then I let it sit and edit it at least once or twice some days or weeks later since sometimes my thoughts don’t make perfect sense when they first come out lol, then I proofread it again before or right after it goes live. But even with all that I still sometimes end up with typos. They’re just so easy to skim right over!