Edit This®, your friendly neighborhood writing and editing service, is another year older! That's right. Today, we celebrate our 7th anniversary! IT'S EDIT THIS DAY!!! I can't say thank you enough to every family member, friend, client, business partner, and everyone in between for the love and support as I continue to live and breathe my dream job! I've been in the writing and editing industry for 24 years, but when I went off on my own seven years ago – on April Fools' Day,
As we inch closer to 2021, several friends, family, and clients have continued asking me, "Are we supposed to write it as New Year's or New Years?" The quick answer is ... New Year's (with the apostrophe). Please, for the love of Pete, do not write "New Years." Why is it New Year's? Using an apostrophe shows possession, which is important when you're talking about New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, a New Year's resolution, a New Year's greeting, etc. In all instances, you're ref
I've spent an entire career writing for and about other people and their businesses, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I love my job. With that said, it is nice when other people write and talk about me every so often. From having spotlights written about Edit This® to radio interviews, Facebook Live videos, and a commercial, I have been blessed to watch my little company go from this small idea that no one understood to something many people want to know more about.
Grammar rules were put in place for a reason. After all, if we all were to willy-nilly put words on a page in whatever order, pattern, or spelling we felt like, it'd be super difficult for any of us to figure out is peson the wat oter saying. See what I mean? Grammar rules make everything we write clear, uniformed, professional, and easy to understand. And like any writer and editor, I follow these time-tested rules at all costs. Well, most of them. While there are countless
I'm happy to announce that Edit This®, your friendly neighborhood writing and editing service, is celebrating its 6th anniversary. That's right – our anniversary was on April 1, though I prefer the entire month to be known as Edit This Month! In all seriousness, though. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to every family member, friend, small-business client (past and present), business partner, and everyone in between for the love and support. I've been in the writing and
Let's squeeze in one more quick grammar lesson before the end of the year, shall we? In today's post, I want to talk about writing New Year's or New Years. Which is it, and why? The short answer is that you always write it as New Year's (with the apostrophe). Using an apostrophe 's' shows possession, which is important when you're talking about New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, a New Year's resolution, a New Year's greeting, etc. In all instances, you're referring to something
So you have a website, and you need lots of words to fill up all those different tabs and pages. But you can't just write anything and put it out there. You need strong website copy. Online visitors crave engaging and informational website content and website copy – there is a difference, by the way – to convince them to do business with you. Not to mention, having lots of strong content helps you get found in search results. But how do you do that on your own? Where do you s
It would be remiss of us if we didn't thank those of you who have taken the time to post happy reviews about your experiences with our writing and editing services company, Edit This®. There's nothing like word of mouth to make someone a believer, and this is especially helpful for those of you who are still on the fence about whether or not it's time to hire a writer to give your business a voice. We love our customers, and we'd love for you to become one, too! Below are jus
When talking to clients about our writing and editing services, I like to say we handle anything involving the written word. That's because while blogs and website copy are obvious projects people need help with, they may not realize the unexpected ways to use a professional writer. Here are ways Edit This® can help as a content writer or copywriter that may surprise you: 7 unexpected ways to use a professional writer 1. Video scripts One of the best examples of unexpected wa
I posed these two questions on social media last week: What's the one obstacle keeping you from writing? And ... If you faced a writing obstacle but overcame it, how did you do it? Thanks to your responses – along with taking into consideration challenges I have faced countless times as a writer – here's a list of obstacles we all seem to face the most (in no particular order): * Time * Procrastination * Perfectionism * Fear or Anxiety * Self-doubt/Lack of confidence * Hatred
It's time once again for an Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we discuss the difference between Dual and Duel because, to be completely honest, these homophones trip me up from time to time. Do you know the difference? First things first, you may be wondering what a homophone is. Simply put, these are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Read more of our grammar lessons about homophones here. In the meantime, let's dive in. When we use dual in
One of my favorite things to do in my free time as a professional writer at Edit This® is to chronicle the time I spend with my family, especially my boys. Take my oldest, for example. Christian has always had an intense love for baseball, and I’ve always done my best to be there for him and teach him as much as I can.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I came across the piece below while looking through a few older columns I wrote for Murray Media Group. I wrote this not
As your friendly, neighborhood writer and editor at Edit This®, I believe every small-business owner needs to produce content that is not only value-added but is also authentic and helps them stand out.
After all, the last thing you want is to sound like everyone else.
But how do you accomplish that? And how do you make your content more readable? How do you become so engaging that readers want to read your blog, newsletter, and even your website copy from start to finish?
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss the difference between Altar and Alter. Do you know the difference? These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they tend to trip a lot of people up. But don't worry, as we are here to clear up the confusion. So let's dive in, shall we? When we say altar, we are referring to the elevated table or structure used as a cente
If you need someone to write content from scratch or put a better spin on what you've already written, Edit This® is the writing and editing partner you choose every time. From blogs to website copy, newsletters, press releases, and everything in between, Edit This strives to be all things to all people, and we've spent a great deal of time discussing that and so much more in our library of blog posts. But have we told you everything? Here are 5 facts you might not know about
If you had to pick one grammar mistake that drives you up the wall when you see it, what would it be? I'll give you a few minutes to decide, but I already know what mine is. For me, it's when people misuse your and you're. Honestly, there isn't a day that goes by where I don't see someone confuse the two in a business document, blog, website page, text message, social media post, etc. Case in point, just before I typed this sentence, a good friend of mine who shall remain nam
I am happy to announce that Edit This®, where you can find help for all your writing and editing needs, celebrates its 5th anniversary today. That's right – April Fools' Day, though I prefer it to be known as Edit This Day! In all seriousness, though, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to every family member, friend, small-business client (past and present), business partner, and everyone in between for the love and support. I've been in the writing and editing industry f
Small-business owners who want to blog but admit they need help getting started or staying consistent often ask what that blogging process looks like if they hire a professional blogger at Edit This®. The answer is we write it for you. * No more coming up with ideas by yourself * No more juggling daily tasks with blogging * No more ineffective, error-riddled content Your blogs are written by an expert who knows the business of blogging, can capture your voice and help your co
My friend Elizabeth is the best artist I know. She can take any idea, whether it came from you or her imagination, and paint a custom piece that's guaranteed to speak to who you are, your style, and what’s important to you. More importantly, her art makes you smile. Her secret sauce? She starts by being happy. Yep, I thought it was a little too simple when she told me, too. But it's true. If she's in a bad mood, like that day she came home to find cat vomit all over her couch
While sitting in the waiting room at my son's pediatrician appointment last week, I came across an article titled, 10 types of content writers and when to use them. I wrote something similar in March that posed seven questions you should ask yourself before hiring a writer. This latest one was a great read, too, because while small-business owners should partner with a professional writer, not all are created equal. In other words, you need to pick a content writer who is a g