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Blogging Dues and Do Knots

Managing Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Realty VA #0225181914

You grab a cup of steaming hot coffee, sink into a recliner with your tablet, and open ActiveRain. Hmm... wonder if there are any new Blogs to read? Oh, yes! There's nothing like an eye-catching title to get you excited to put your feet up, dive in and start reading...

...but wait, what's this? You sit up in your seat, reach into your pocket, rub your Grammar Police (Volunteer) badge, and start skimming, shaking your head as you go.

Your eye twitches. Your inner dialogue shouts out, "It's too, not to! Where is the punctuation? Dangling participles everywhere! Oh, the humanity!"

A Blogger can have great content and ideas but lose credibility and reader interest almost immediately with the first misspelling, missing punctuation, and poorly constructed sentence. Some people are big thinkers and amazing orators, but lack writing and spelling skill. That's ok, because there are a few things a writer can do to keep them on the Most Wanted list (of Bloggers to read!) and to earn them the coveted Featured in AR spot:

  • Run the post through a grammar and spell check program. This is the first-line of defense to catch accidental keystroke errors and careless mistakes.
  • Re-read the post. While editing programs are helpful, they don't catch all mistakes and sometimes edit incorrectly to put ideas out of context. 
  • Share the post with a friend to read. The most famous of authors have editors. A second set of eyes to proofread is better than any computer program.

Even the verbose and creative wordsmith can have a post end up in solitary confinement (no comments, no readers, and no interest) by hastily posting without proofreading. Taking some extra care before publishing can be the difference between grate and great!

Grammar Police

Posted by

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Branch Vice President

Coldwell Banker Realty

Woodbridge, VA


You know that joke, "My mind is like my web browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from"? - yeah, that's me. So many thoughts and ideas I need a place to write them down since no one will give me my own reality tv show. I am passionately addicted to helping others achieve success. I'm out to change the world one happy person at a time by sharing my knowledge, my heart, and my sense of humor each and every day.

Comments (9)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Chrissi:

Thanks for your entry to the December Challenge, and for a very creative, and clever, title that illustrates so well one of your main points in your entertaining post. You've shared some good things to DUE as well as KNOT to do.

Will there be another entry with additional blogging advice?


Dec 29, 2022 07:44 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

I appreciate it... and I will do my best to get another post together! 

Dec 29, 2022 07:48 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Nice post, Chrissi. Love your sense of humor.  Have an amazing day.

Dec 30, 2022 04:17 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thank you, Carol! I wish you the same.

Dec 30, 2022 04:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Haha, I've also read posts that have made me shake my head and say similar things! haha.

Dec 30, 2022 05:11 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

We all make mistakes- some come from carelessness, some from oversight! 

Dec 30, 2022 07:37 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Bad grammar and silly mistakes often give me a little chuckle.  I would hope that if I make these mistakes someone would point them out and I don't mind if it is done publicly.  I am ok with the mistakes I made and always want t a chance to correct them.

Dec 30, 2022 06:06 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Funny enough, I posted this before posting my second one last night. Woke up this morning and immediately saw the word "food" instead of "good". Went through the spellcheck and grammar check with no problems, and my constant reading of my own writing didn't catch it. No one is perfect!

Dec 30, 2022 07:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Chrissi - I have long been stuck in Grammar's attic.  Perhaps the Punctuation Police will release me on parole.  

Dec 30, 2022 07:27 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Love it! 

Dec 30, 2022 07:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Another good entry into this month's contest. Happy New Year, and here's to much more blogging success.

Dec 30, 2022 12:43 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Thank you

Dec 30, 2022 02:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

With so many people using the small screen of their phones for everything having a post that is worth reading and doesn't turn someone off with grammar and punctuations is key. Nice entry

Dec 31, 2022 12:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Chrissi- goodness knows I"ve had my share of oops moments!   But your point is well taken. Read and read again your post. Use Grammarly or something similar.  I'm looking forward to more posts from  you. 

Dec 31, 2022 05:51 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Even this author finds mistakes in emails, blogs, and other writing despite my own advice. We are human and it happens. Taking care to correct it at least is a good first defense. Thank you!

Jan 02, 2023 05:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your observations and your advice.

Jan 04, 2023 08:48 AM