I recently wrote a blog post, that was meant to be a guest post for a man that I look up to a lot. I have had a lot of success writing guest posts for people lately, so it wasn’t something that I was too nervous about.
Not that long ago, I had my first success with writing a meaningful guest post, and I remember being very careful, not to write something, that I wasn’t completely proud of – I really did put a lot of effort into it.
But now with this latest attempt to submit a guest post, it did not go so well.
After sending the post, I pretty quickly got a response back saying that the grammar in the first paragraph was so bad, that the approver didn’t even want to read any further.
At first I got very angry with the harsh response that I got.
Then I decided not to think about it for a while.
Then I decided to think about it again, and how I could come up with a solution to ensure, this would not happen again.
I am really into the stoic philosophy and the book The Obstacle Is The Way, and it teaches you, that there is a positive side to everything, and that you should only look for advantages, when life strikes you.
Writing is putting yourself out there, and it doesn’t feel good when the response comes back negatively.
So here it what I have decided to learn:
- I can be sloppy on my own blog with my grammar, but I cannot ever take it lightly, when I write for someone else
- Proofreading is better done by someone else than the writer himself (which is why I will come up with a new system for automatic proofreading)
- I like it better, when people correct me in a nice manner, but I learn the lesson even better, when it gets told in a hard way
- Sometimes bad experiences, give you inspiration for new blog posts
That is my takeaway from the experience.
I know this was not like a life or death experience. However, it highly affected my mood for that day, and I believe the lesson learned is as valuable as any.
Stay tuned! As I shall soon reveal, how I will get proofreading done automatically in the future!