Should You Hire Someone to Proofread Your Blog Posts?

I usually get one or two emails a day from readers who have caught typos in my blog posts. Most go out of their way to apologize for bringing the subject up. Regardless, I am always appreciative. I fix the error, thank the reader, and move on.

Proofread Blog Post

However, on occasion, I get an email from a self-appointed member of the Grammar Police. They feel compelled, not only to point out my errors, but to chide me.

Someone wrote last week,

You should be ashamed. How can you be a book publisher and allow such embarrassing errors on your blog? I am disappointed by your lack of commitment to excellence. It makes me think less of your company. Please: do us all a favor and hire a proofreader!”

I am just grateful I am not this poor woman’s husband!

Should you hire someone to proofread your blog posts? In my opinion, “no.” Here’s why:

  1. It will delay “shipping.” You can fiddle with your writing until it is perfect (an illusion, by the way), or you can publish and move on to the next thing. Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.
  2. Blogs are not books. If you have an error in a book, it is permanent—at least until the next edition. Not so with blogs. You can make corrections on the fly and re-publish the post immediately.
  3. Even proofreaders don’t catch every typo. We use multiple proofers on every book at Thomas Nelson. Still, those pesky little errors hide in the shadows and only show up once the book is printed. (I swear!) How much proofing is enough? Most of us can’t afford perfection.

I think the better approach is to stay focused on your writing and your output. Churn out the posts. The more you write, the better you will get.

Obviously, you will want to read your post several times personally before you upload it. I go through the following process:

  • Read through it twice after I have written it.
  • Read it once out loud.
  • Publish as a draft and read through it on the blog itself.

Some errors will still slip through the cracks. But at some point, it’s time to hit the “Publish” button and be done with it.

From there, I “crowd-source” my proofreading. My regular readers are happy to do it. I would rather spend my time writing content that adds value than obsessing over every typo, misspelling, and grammatical error.

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  • Alex Watson

    I’m with you. I publish and correct typo’s in my posts all the time. To me it’s no big deal. Some people get hung up on this type of thing. I say. They don’t really have enough to worry about.

  • Joel Heffner

    I used to get a newsletter that included …,,,???:::;;;””””’!!! at the end. The author would say, “If I missed something, please feel free to add whatever is necessary.”

  • Mark Hoaglin

    I agree Michael. I just corrected a post before reading your post. I believe most readers are forgiving and will read on and still get the message.

  • http://danpresources.wordpress.com/ Dan Pedersen

    I agree, there’s more room for error on a blog post, because it can be easily corrected later. Also, I think blog posts are better when they are more conversational, who doesn’t trip over their words now and then when they are talking to someone? It’s more human when it’s not perfect. I wonder if I should I get someone to proofread this comment before I

  • Nester

    You’s right man. Ain’t nothing wrong with a couple spelling and grammatical errors every now and again. Sometimes the only way to truly express how ya feel is to write like ya talk. Ya dig?

  • Jeffrey Pennypacker

    Thanks for your post Michael! Grammar seems to be a big issue with others. I don’t think it’s that huge of a deal as long as it doesn’t hinder the message, but that’s also because I am terrible at it. I usually send some of my content off to a few friends for feedback. Lately I have had to start specifying what type of feedback I’m looking for. Usually the first thing I receive from them is a full on grammatical review, when all I really wanted was feedback on the content. Now I ask for grammar help or content feedback specifically.

  • http://marleeward.com/ Marlee

    One word: AMEN! LOL

  • Chris Oswald

    Funny thing is I was just looking for a proofreading service for my blog before I read this. You know, I think I’ll take your approach and let it fly. As long as you read it and it makes sense who cares if the english professor gives you a C-. Thanks for changing my mind on this subject, you just saves me some time and money :)

  • http://www.drmarisfaithstop.com/ Dr Mari

    I got off the perfectionism boat a while ago (thank God!). This is a great post for those of us who are recovering perfectionists. Realistic, practical, and freeing. Thanks!

  • Sigi Brent

    Yep. I also found a good service to proofread my short texts, which is done by humans.
    It’s called eangel.me

  • Kristie

    I agree. It’s an acquired talent, even if you’re a born writer. My current grammar peeve is the widespread misuse of the pronoun “myself.” Obviously, chiding is unhelpful. It’s much more effective to simply point out the mistake and offer the correct solution.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom- I’ve been reading & listening to your material for a few months – inspiring!

  • http://tonychung.ca/ Tony Chung

    Even proofreaders make mistakes. As my old boss once said, “The higher up the food chain you go, you’re less concerned with the occasional typos, and more concerned about critical errors in thought.”

    Just keep on thinking, and keep on helping, Michael. Let the grammar police while away their hours on the inconsequential while you build up an army that creates lasting value.

  • http://www.magnifythelordwithme.com Rachel

    I agree with you for many of the reasons you gave. My husband happens to be a perfectionist and procrastinator. :) I value his opinion and advice , but then I do what I need to do to post.

  • Patrick Green

    Absolutely agree. Thankful for my wife who catches most of my errors!

  • Caren Wolfe

    I agree! And I’m grateful you wrote this post because, thanks to you and your awesome post about setting up a blog in 20 minutes or less, I am now a brand new blogger! A brand new blogger that has been totally stressing out about letting typos slip through, I’ve been proof reading my posts so many times I can practically recite them aloud from memory before I hit the publish button! Thanks for putting it in perspective! I’ll be proof reading less and writing a lot more!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good for you, Caren. Thanks—and congratulations on your new blog.