Friday, March 1, 2013

Feature and Follow {17}

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Q. Confess your blogger sins!  Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you've done, that as you gained more experience you were like - OOPS!

Oh wow.....honestly I probably make these kind of goofs all the time, especially since I still consider myself technically a "newbie blogger".  I started this blog October of 2012 so 4 months (going on 5) is not enough time to make me seasoned in ANY WAY!  I learn from you guys ALL the time - and especially those of you who publish posts about tips and tricks.  Wow, those are so very helpful!  

But just 3 days ago I did do something rather embarrassing.  I haven't participated in TTT since December but really liked the topic this week so I made up my post, published it and was super excited to share it with my fave auto-buy authors via Twitter, so I rushed on over to tweet to them about it, link included.  I heard back from 1 of them - which total sidebar, whenever I hear back from an author via social media it makes my day!  I mean, these are normal people just like we are, but they have a unique gift that I personally don't have and have created worlds and characters we all fall in love with, so when they take time to recognize "fans" it's highly appreciated!

So, hours later....I get the email from my blog for the day and begin to read through it, as I do every day to catch any mistakes I didn't catch before publishing.  It doesn't matter how many times I proofread my post before publishing I almost always miss something.  Tuesday's TTT post was no exception.  But this time, it was a biggie.  One of my auto-buy authors right now is Jamie McGuire (after her release of Beautiful Disaster).  But you see in my post I listed her as "Jamie McAlister"....who is that anyway?!?  I'm not even sure where that came from.  UGH!!!  If she took the time to read my post from the tweet hours earlier than she would've already seen the goof.  But oh man, did I feel STUPID and embarrassed.  

Lesson learned - proof read authors names, if nothing else, multiple times before publishing and then tweeting about said post.  :/

What about you?  What mistakes did you make early on that you learned from?
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  1. Ah! I guess we all have these annoying typo moments. My earliest mistake was starting my blog without having a clear direction for it, because then I thought it was cool to have a website. Yeah, it's still cool, but I've found my purpose: writing and Books! :)

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  2. I've done that before and freaked out. No matter how many times you read through your writing, like you said, there is ALWAYS something that needs editing! Yikes. I'm pretty sure every blogger has faced that embarrassment. I started blogging around the same time and have since learned a ton of things that I didn't know beforehand that would have been especially helpful.

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  3. I'm so embarrassed about typos and grammatical mistakes, and they are ALL over my blog. It's so annoying. I haven't messed up an author's name yet, but I'm sure it's a matter of time for me.

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  4. I did that too! I referenced a blog that has become my favorite source for social media know-how. Then of course, I tweeted the blogger/author my link. She thanked me and let me know I spelled her name wrong! I sorted it out right away, sent her a thank you for letting me know, and she was cool enough to follow me on Twitter. Mistakes can make us grimace, but they can produce cool things too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Old follower here, so I hit you up on Twitter (@robgirlbooks) Happy Friday!

  5. Same here, I certainly see myself as a noob still AND proofreading is a big one for me! Ugh, for me it's not so much names and titles as it's the French side of my brain mixing in with the English and making words or sentences come off weird :S Anyways, I think it happens to all of us so try not to be too hard on yourself :) Happy Friday & thanks for sharing!

  6. That would be so emmbarising!
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  7. oh! i'd be so embarrassed too! that is an "oops" but then it becomes an "ohwell". thanks for sharing!
    trish - my follow friday

  8. I also proof read and preview my posts several times before publishing them, but even so, I still make mistakes. Never mind!!!

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    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  9. Oh, I remember your tweet about that one. You are not the only one. Last month when I reviewed Cinder, instead of saying it was by Marissa Meyer, I put her as Marissa Marr. How freaking embarassing that someone has to comment to tell of the error. The point is I get you.
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  10. I don't have that problem, because I'm pretty much OCD when it comes to perfecting any spelling mistakes in posts. Grammer on the other a different story altogether. I absolutely suck at it. >.<

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    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  11. Once I post something on my blog I always have to go back to check for mistakes. Usually I've got to edit it at least two times.

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  12. Thanks for sharing! I am pretty obsessive about checking over my typos, but it's hard to catch every little thing!

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  13. Oh gosh, that's exactly something that I would do! I've done similar things so many times! It happens to all of us :) New follower here!

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  14. Hi I am a new follower via GFC and Twitter . . I now have Grammarly installed on my laptop but sometimes it doesn't pick everything up, and I've had to go back and change posts :-( . .and yes I've sent authors reviews with their names spelt wrong DOH!!!!
    Kirsty @ All in One Place

  15. I always always double check and tripple check everything else but still a few still fall through the cracks!

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    Zeee @ I Heart Romance

  16. I used to send all my reviews to my sister to read before I posted them, and she would pick up on my mistakes...

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    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
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