Grammar Guidelines: Your Secret Weapon for Blogging Brilliance

Apr 9, 2024 | Freelance Writing

I’ve got a secret to share, and it’s liberating: The grammar police aren’t real. That’s right, no shadowy figures are lurking in the dark corners of the internet, ready to pounce on your every grammatical slip-up. Instead, think of grammar rules as friendly suggestions that guide us toward clarity but allow room for personal flair and creativity. And this blend of clarity and creativity is pure gold when it comes to blogging for your business.

Embracing the Artful Bend of Grammar Rules

Margaret Atwood, a literary giant, dances around rigid grammar structures with the grace of a prima ballerina, showing us that understanding the rules is the first step toward skillfully bending them. This approach doesn’t just apply to crafting dystopian worlds; it’s equally powerful in blogging. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Split Infinitives: Splitting infinitives can add emphasis and rhythm to your writing. The famous Star Trek intro “to boldly go where no one has gone before” is the perfect example of breaking this rule to great effect. It’s dramatic, memorable, and a syntax rule-breaker. Dare to split your infinitives if it adds punch to your message.
  • The Singular ‘They’: The singular ‘they’ has gained acceptance for its inclusivity and is incredibly useful for smoothing out sentences. It’s a nod to gender neutrality and simplifies expressions where the subject’s gender is unknown or irrelevant. We have used “they” this way for centuries, so there’s no reason to stop now.
  • Ending Sentences with Prepositions: This is a rule derived from Latin that doesn’t fit the natural rhythm of English. Ending sentences with prepositions is perfectly fine if it makes your sentence clearer or more conversational. After all, we speak to communicate, not to impress with our grammatical acrobatics.

The Nitty-Gritty: Common Grammar Queries

As a small business owner diving into the world of blogging, you’ll encounter certain grammar questions more often than others. Here are a few that come up frequently:

  • Apostrophes: They show possession (e.g., the blogger’s tips) or form contractions (e.g., it’s for it is). Remember, its (without the apostrophe) shows possession (e.g., The cat chased its tail), while it’s (with the apostrophe) is a contraction of ‘it is.’
  • Your vs. You’re: ‘Your’ shows possession (e.g., Your blog is engaging), whereas ‘you’re’ is a contraction of ‘you are’ (e.g., You’re doing great with your blog!).
  • There, Their, They’re: ‘There’ refers to a place (e.g., Over there), ‘their’ shows possession (e.g., Their ideas are innovative), and ‘they’re’ is a contraction of ‘they are’ (e.g., They’re launching a new product).
  • Fewer vs. Less: Use ‘fewer’ for items you can count (e.g., fewer posts) and ‘less’ for a quantity you cannot count (e.g., less engagement).
  • I vs. Me: When I was a kid, the formal use of “I” was drilled into me. But sometimes, it is wrong. The easiest way to determine is to say the sentence out loud and remove the other person. For example, “The farm chose Teona and I for the project.” Read it and take out Teona. You wouldn’t say, “The farm chose I.” So, the correct usage would be “The farm chose Teona and me for the project.”

Wrapping It Up with Creativity

Remember, your blog is not just a space for sharing insights about your business; it’s also a canvas for your creativity. Understanding grammar gives you the foundation to express yourself clearly and effectively. But don’t be afraid to play with the rules to make your content more relatable, engaging, and distinctly yours. After all, the most memorable part of any blog is its unique voice—yours.

The only real rule in writing is to connect with your reader. Everything else is just guidelines on the journey there.

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