This post is my first post to Active Rain. It is prompted by a featured post http://activerain.com/blogsview/261158/How-to-Dress-for
The subject of that post is How to dress for success in real estate. The question in that post was: how to dress for the photo in an Active Rain profile to make the best first impression possible.
I want to speak to first impressions also. It is my belief that the way we write also can make an impression. Some Active Rainers write in a style much like the way they talk, laid back and casual, some are more formal. Some of us, me included have done so little creative writing in our lives; that we are still trying to find our style. Be assured however, that your writing style will make an impression and it will be a bad impression if you don't use correct grammar and spelling.
My pet peeve is the the use of "hear", when you mean "here" or "their" instead of "there" In the post I referred to above the author used "meat" instead of "meet"
"....to meat a client..." In my younger days I used to go to a "meat market" to meet women. ...not something I do anymore and not the impression I want to leave with someone reading my blog
To paraphrase the author... The way we write in a blog could be even more important then what we say when we meet a client - on a blog you may not get a second chance.
My advice is proof read your work before you hit the submit button. A spell checker is not enough
Am I being too picky or do I have a point?