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March 22nd, 2010 | Author:

Do you think J.K. Rowling writes her stories and no one else edits or proofs them before they’re published?  I don’t think so.  So why do people think they should write blogs or school reports or anything else for that matter without having at least one other person proof their work?

Whether you’re blogging for your business or just for fun, at least show the world that you know how to spell correctly and use proper grammar.

I’m lucky that I have my mom to proofread and edit my writing.  Even with school papers, she looks them over because most teachers don’t take time to even check for spelling or grammar.  And if kids turn in assignments they think are correct and no one ever shows them how to improve, what good was the assignment in the first place?  Mom also reads every blog, letter, email, and basically all other business things that I write.   At 14, I still have a lot to learn but at least I can present my business in the most professional way possible.

So maybe your mom or dad isn’t the best at writing, editing or even proofreading.  Find someone that is and ask them to at least proof for spelling and grammar errors BEFORE you post your mistakes for the world to see.  This doesn’t apply just to kids either. I have read many things online that are the most basic mistakes and it doesn’t make the person look too good.

If you absolutely can’t find anyone to help out, at least go back and read it yourself.  It’s easy to skip over your mistakes because you know what you already wrote and what you meant to say but reading it out loud, very . . .  slowly, word . . .  for . . .  word, will help you find your mistakes.

One of the most common mistakes people make, and I see it on Twitter all the time, is the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE.  Those are two totally different words and meanings.  If there is an apostrophe, it is actually two words combined.

Your the best is WRONG.

You’re the best is CORRECT because it actually means You are.

People form opinions and first impressions for a lot of different reasons.  If avoiding simple spelling and grammar mistakes when you write can make a better impression, wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to improve?

Thanks Mom. 🙂

March 15th, 2010 | Author:

When I started my business in 2005, I was lucky enough to have my mom design my website which was a huge savings!

Long before I was born, she worked at a couple of companies where part of her responsibilities were to design their websites.  (I was surprised they even had Internet way back then.) Just kidding!  But apparently it was a much more difficult job than creating a website is today.  She started when they didn’t even have WYSIWYG programs (What You See Is What You Get).

Today, with all of the free programs from hosting companies or blog programs like WordPress, why would you pay for software, right?  Well, the answer is simple.  It’s more flexible without having to learn how to customize a predesigned format.

A few years ago, my mom started teaching me how to update my website which was really fun.  She was using a program called WebStudio 4.0.  It was easy to learn but still had a lot of cool options to make the website look professional.

Top 7 reasons to choose WebStudio:

  1. Very user-friendly – not nearly as complicated as Dreamweaver or similar programs (and she tested many)
  2. More affordable – less than $200 vs. $400 for Dreamweaver
  3. Much easier to learn –  if you can used Word, you can master WebStudio
  4. You can host your site with anyone, unlike some of the free programs where you have to use their hosting service too.
  5. They have THE best customer service and tech support. They actually know what they are talking about and know how to solve  a problem if you run into trouble.  The company, Back to the Beach Software, is located near San Diego, CA.
  6. The program also has a temporary host feature so as you’re designing your pages, you can upload them to a temp site and see how it will really look in multiple browsers.
  7. The program has a free PayPal shopping cart if you need.

Now they have WebStudio 5.0 with even more cool stuff. At only $179 (upgrade is even less), it’s a great deal. You might have so much fun playing around with it that you won’t get anything else done. Or your friends might start asking you to design their websites giving you some extra income. Lots of possibilities.

In case you’re wondering, this post was not solicited by the company and they aren’t paying for the review. One thing I’ve learned from my parents is that too many people complain about the negative things but not enough take time to talk about the good things. WebStudio from Back to the Beach is a good thing. You can get a free 30-day trial of the full version that even includes tech support while you’re testing it.  Have fun!