I've been editing one of my bigger blogs, for a week, or so. During this time, I thought about the amount of links that were not working, and thought I'd write this.
When you visit, and read, someone's blog, if you see an obvious error, whether it be in spelling, or maybe a link which doesn't work, or an image which doesn't display, what do you do?
- Do you leave a comment to tell the owner? Or,
- Do you ignore it, and think the owner is not worth re-visiting? Or,
- Hope the owner soon finds the error and corrects it?
Having been a blogger for over five years now, I have often been editing my blogs and found errors - especially typos. Sometimes, my fingers seem to work independently, separately, to my brain - faster, or slower, I am not sure, but the words do not flow off my keyboard at the rate my brain composes them. Errors will, naturally, occur, and appear to be spelling related. I am a good speller but I am not a good typist, that's for sure. So, when I edit and find glaring errors - which I should have picked up during scanning the finished post, I think; "Drat - all my readers have seen that! Will it affect their opinion of my me?" "Will they think I can't spell?" "Will it affect their impression of the message, or information, I am sending in my post?"
I don't know if you regularly do an edit of your posts, but let me tell you - it takes a lot of time and effort! Links stop working for reasons as various as the names of blogs - mainly, though, because someone has taken that site down, or deleted it, or changed it!
If an image doesn't display - I get very angry with Google / Blogger, because I know how to load images. Why aren't they displaying? Why is this, or that, not working?
Of course, I don't look at every post I've published in the past, to check these things, either. It may well be years until I happen to check an old post during an edit run, or happen upon an error, or when linking to that post from another article.
So, how do you help bloggers?
Well, I would be to leave a comment on the related post - maybe with a 'DO NOT PUBLISH THIS COMMENT' heading, or something, telling the owner that such and such is not working, or whatever. I think that would be responsible readership - and I'm sure, one day, the favour will be returned. I have done that with my friend, Nitecruzr many times (- he's not that good at spelling because he's 'Merikan!) (Private joke). He doesn't get upset, either!
Hey, I'm sure that the owner(s) would appreciate it, too! I know I would.