I know that most days it's a miracle to even get a post up, but we should never be in too big of a hurry to not check and recheck our work before we hit Publish. I take a systematic approach to proof reading. First, I look for places I can enhance or re-word to improve the post (a lot of times I need to edit a lot). Next, I comb through my writing several times with a spelling check. Finally, I revise for any grammar or punctuation errors. Definitely takes a little extra time, but worth the product in the end!
I watch and cringe every week on Facebook and Twitter, as person after person uses the wrong form of THEIR, THERE, and THEY'RE!! IT'S and ITS seems to be a confusing one as well. My dear bloggy friend Evin, over at Food Good Laundry Bad, stared at WHOSE and WHO's the other day until she had herself baffled and called in reinforcements (I love that she took that extra time we talked about to put out error free work!). I constantly notice mistakes when reading some of my favorite bloggers and even some of those "big" bloggers.
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