Confessions Of A Dyslexic Blogger

Dear Bloggers:

I’m dyslexic. Some people know it and others don’t. It’s one of the reasons why I’m tough on people who choose blogging or writing as a career, or a means to elevate themselves to a leadership position. I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect some care in writing.

There are so many people out there with the same issue, or maybe another, like being legally blind in one or both eyes, or having some other eye issue. I appreciate fair to excellent writing, specifically spelling. Grammar is usually something that is not as emphasized, but it’s also much appreciated.

Bloggers- please have some type of care when you go to other blogs, forums ,or to social network sites, and write out comments. If I can hit the edit, you can too, especially if you’re asking a support question.

While I’m dyslexic, it doesn’t mean I’m dumb. I’m not even perfect, and my first degree was in English. (lol) I went through a lot to learn to get past most of my issue (even learned another language, and studying 2 others), but in those moments of being tired, it’s hard to piece together a sentence that looks like a word find.

It’s also hard to believe that the person communicating so poorly is a blogger. Imagine if it was you who wrote something that people had to ask you to clarify because they couldn’t understand a 7- word question. It might be frustrating, or it might be embarrassing. Imagine what other people are thinking. They probably will answer your question, but they won’t be interested in reading your blog unless it is to verify if you write the same way on your website.

Hey, it doesn’t matter what language you originally write in. The same rules apply in forums, blogs, or social networks using your language. It’s no different in other languages as people are going to ask you to repeat yourself carefully. People like myself aren’t being rude or tough on you to be mean or racist. We’re doing this to help you improve.

The same advice can be said of blogging, so please have a heart and be a little more careful.

Sincerely,
Nile Flores

Comments

  1. says

    Writing is a skill – trouble is that because we learn to put fingers to keyboard early in life we equate the action of putting letters on the page with writing. As you point out, part of writing a good piece or a good comment or forum post – is editing your work… and that’s where I’ve found that lots of blogs/comments/posts seem to break down. Some people must think that all that’s required is to put hands to keyboard…type whatever comes into their head…and hit the send button – without ever reading what they wrote. These posts are easy to spot – they’re wordy, overly complex, use lots of jargon, ignore spelling and grammar rules, and make 10 unconvicing points when 1 good one would suffice. If you want to make a point, get a conversation going or get people engaged – you’ve got to edit your work. Spell check, grammar check at the minimum – but even more important is to check to make sure that your points are clear and concise – and your piece makes for easy reading on a small screen (think mobile).
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  2. says

    Well said Nile. Sometimes I’m really thrown by the goofy comments bloggers leave on my site. Fortunately I moderate all my comments so I do take the time to correct language and typos unless it’s just so bad I’d have to completely rewrite it. Then it comes down to publish it and let the blogger look like an idiot or delete it.

  3. says

    Hello Nile, I must say, That as like other bloggers in the blogosphere i too face the problem of commenting, People leave spammy comments on my blogs, But fortunately i always moderate comments to filter the valuable comments. Sometimes due to spell mistake, I rewrite the comments so other readers can understand them properly.

  4. Arun Kumar says

    Well said Nile.. People just spam on our comment boxes with out any reasons. We are forced to hear what they are saying whether it is good or bad. Since the comments on my blogs are moderated it hasn’t done much damage for my blogging reputation. Your post is an eye opening one and hope it will open the eyes of visitors and one who is posting goofy comments..

  5. says

    Hi Nile,

    Great post there!

    I hate typos too. I’m an average Grammar Nazi but it really pisses me off when people leave comments with grammatical errors and typos. I make it a point to send them emails about their errors if they leave a comment on my blog. If there are errors on social platforms, I promptly message them and make them understand their error.

    DJ Sid

  6. says

    Well said.

    Personally, I try my best to write good as much as I can. English is not my language, but still I have learned a lot and dedicate handful of time to learn more about it. I can understand your point, in my heart, I always think twice before pushing the publish button.

    I even use different kind of tools to make sure that whatever I am typing is truly making sense to my readers.
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