I am admittedly not a people person. I never know what to say or how to handle myself in social situations. I am awkward and introverted, which means that having a job where I work from home is really the best option for me as well as for anyone else who would otherwise be forced to interact with me. This is not the reason why my job is the best, however. My job is the best because of the stories. My job satisfaction is entirely borne of being able to catch a glimpse of and learn from all the stories that you all have to share.
The featured professional for the blog post this month is Amanda Goodman. Amanda Goodman is a professional freelance writer who has written for several different online publications over several years. In addition to her work in providing web content, she is an accomplished author. Her work is available at Amazon.com. Goodman lives in Utah with her husband and four creative children.
So I have a two-year-old daughter. She has an incredible vocabulary and talks a lot. Pretty much nonstop all day. My husband and I are often found joking with each other about what adults would sound like if our vocabulary was as limited as our toddler's is. I mean, she has some impressive talking skills, but when compared to other humans we know, we recognize she has a bit of a ways to go. We won't hold it against her.
For today’s featured grammar pet peeve, I polled some of our fans to find out some of the everyday errors they see as they scroll through Facebook timelines, Twitter feeds, and emails. Here are just a few of those errors.
In the grand finale of this three-part segment on résumé writing, we will be talking about how your resume makes you look good, and not the other way around. People often (mistakenly) think that having relevant experience and education is the best way to land a job. This is simply not true.
I recently surveyed some of our Facebook followers to see what kind of grammar pet peeves really set their teeth on edge. One of our pals suggested that we explain the difference between "I" and "me," because unfortunately, this continues to be one of those grammar issues with which people struggle. Not just in the written word, as illustrated in the fan-submitted image below, but also in spoken English. It's true. If you are paying attention, you will likely hear a "me" versus "I" mistake within an hour. So here is an example:
Last week, as the first segment of our lesser-known resume tips, we talked about writing for a specific job, rather than shooting out the same generic resume to every organization to which you are applying. The second of the three tips we will be talking about is to be much more selective about the information you include.
In my years as an editor, I have had the interesting opportunity to work as an essay reader for high school writing assignments. The one grammatical error that I saw most back then, and which I continue to see quite frequently in even higher-end and more skilled works of writing, is the comma splice. While some uses of the comma can resolve serious misunderstandings, such as in the example included below, other commas just have no place in a sentence. And now, just because I really like visuals, here is further illustration of my point.
If you are following us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or any of our other social media outlets (the links to which you can find at the bottom of this page), then you have already noticed that at TotalEdit.com, we kind of have a crush on typos. We encourage you to keep sending those in, but want you to feel just as encouraged to send us your examples of good editing.