Welcome to GroomWise, a tribute to pet care industry writers by the creators of PetGroomer.com. Free blogs and archives for pet care industry writers ensure that their works will be available in the future to inspire and assist pet care professionals. Use this blog for author signup and support information. Thank you.
2.Click on posts in the QuickStart window to your blog.
3.Select the article you wish to edit.
4.Make changes.We recommend that you keep a backup copy of all your posts to GroomWise.If you are doing major editing, it is a good idea to make sure you have a copy before you start cutting and pasting in the blog.
5.Click on SAVE,below the posting window.This will automatically publish your revised post.
Now that you know how easy it is, feel free to make edits to your material as you notice words, grammar, or style that you might want to change.Blogging is a work-in-progress.That is one of the great advantages over hard copy publishing.
For those of us taking the challenge of becoming better writers, I have found an excellent grammar check program that also gives feedback about writing style.Rightwriteris available for $30 for a download version, or you can have a CD for $40.It is quick and easy to use.You can use it to check a whole document or a single paragraph.The more you use it, the more you learn about your writing and your own personal grammar problems.In addition to pointing out specific grammar corrections, it gives your writing a readability profile (three scores).This tells you how easy or difficult it is to read your material.I especially like the Strength Index, a 0-100% score with suggestions of what you can do to improve the strength of the writing style.By using RightWriterto analyze my article on taking it personally, I was able to raise my overall Strength Index from 47% to 71%.With a little work, I was able to create an opening paragraph with a Strength Index of 90%.This information gives me a great feeling of confidence in the material.
Learning to work with Microsoft Word program has made a huge difference in my writing.At first, I resented all the squiggly lines that showed up on my writing.My first response was to check the spelling errors and ignore the other lines.I did not want any stupid PROGRAM trying to correct my writing.Yes, I was taking Grammar Check personally.That was like saying, “I don’t want to improve.”Once I started submitting articles to Pet Age, however, I felt that I needed to pay attention to those squiggly lines.Soon it became a challenge to understand everything that was flagged for grammar or spelling check.I soon learned that I had some bad grammar habits.Some of these remain, such as usage of “effect” and “affect”, and too much use of the passive voice.I count on Microsoft Grammar Check to remind me when I slip.Now I will also be using RightWriter to alert me when my sentences are too complex, wordy, or incomplete.I add my voice to the many professional writers who have recommended this program.Check it out. Click HERE to go there.
Uh oh! Are we the grammar police? My English teachers would be so proud! Here's a little grammar error that I see often online. "If you take care of you shears, they will take care of you!" Which "you" is incorrect? "You shears".
YOU is the pronoun. You deserve the very best.
YOUR is the possessive. Your shears are fabulous. Your grooming is great.
YOU'RE is the contraction of "you are". You're the greatest!
I hope this helps you avoid this pitfall. Stay tuned to more from the grammar police in our efforts to halt grammar "stickie outies".
Congratulations on your decision to write a blog sponsored by GroomWise.Whether your blog is simple journal of your grooming experiences, or an archive of your professional articles, the GroomWise Blog is a professional venue that requires you to step up to the plate as a writer.
What is the difference between casual posting and publishing a blog? Posting to a bulletin board forum or to an email group allows for a great deal of informality.Spelling and grammar errors are usually overlooked as long as the post can be understood.It is expected that we are most often writing as we think, with little or no editing.While blogging is certainly not as formal as writing for print publication, your GroomWise blog articles may end up reaching more readers than a magazine. Your GroomWise pieces are going to represent you, as a professional, and together will form a body of knowledge of the grooming industry.Some editing is necessary.
What is editing?The first level of editing is checking your text for spelling and grammar errors. Most word processing programs have spell check and grammar check options. Publishing articles with glaring spelling errors or terrible grammar is like letting a dog go out of your salon with “stickie outies”.Why is it that some groomers will chase a dog all the way to the door of the salon to get that last little bit of hair sticking out from inside a rear leg, but won’t take a few minutes to spell check an article that is being published?Editing involves going over your written work and getting rid of errors and polishing for smooth reading.Writing that is well-organized, to the point, uses good grammar, and is free from spelling errors has integrity and power.Sometimes editing also involves deleting extraneous material that is not contributing to the flow of your article.Effective writing is concise.Just as a lovely grooming has form and balance, a great article or written piece has a clear form, a beginning, a middle, and an end.Not every sentence that comes to mind is necessary to finished product.Here’s the good news: the more you edit and polish your material, the easier it becomes.
Becoming a GroomWise blogger means taking responsibility for your writing, and working to improve your published product.While blogging may not carry as serious an expectation as print journalism, it is a large step beyond simply posting what’s on your mind to a groomers’ board or email group.Writing is a craft that is developed with practice, just as grooming takes time to master.Welcome to your new identity as a writer!
We made some changes to the navigation tabs at GroomWise.com website, along the top of the page. Refer to the pink and black area with links. Locate Step 1: How to Get a Free GroomWise Blog followed by a link for Step 2.
If you are a PetGroomer.com advertising sponsor with banner ads currently at PetGroomer.com click Step 1 and follow instructions. However, when you start to fill out the request form in Step 2 you do not need to go into detail about your background as we already know you. If you are not a sponsor and an independent writer, click Step 1. Follow the instructions to complete a blog request form. It's easy and takes just a few minutes to file your application.
Now how about taking your bio to the next level? We strongly recommend GroomWise bloggers to sign-up for professional bio services by www.linkedin.com and www.biznik.com. Many of today's top bloggers use these services. Each service provider gives you some code and button we can apply to your blog template here. Readers click the button and access a marvelous web page about you of your creation. You can even put these buttons on your own website to maintain a more dynamic bio webpage.
You can list your detabiled background, work histories, schedule of events you are attending or sponsoring and so much more. Trust us, we mean much more. These are exceptional tools for bloggers today. During the time we are working on your blog template you can setup your service and then contact us once your profiles are ready at one or both of these service providers.
PetGroomer.com is proud to offer free blogs and archival space to 1) qualified pet industry writers and 2) sponsors of PetGroomer.com. Accomplished writers are encouraged to apply and they can even store past works here. However, you may apply even if you are a new upcoming pet care industry author.
Imagine the potential of GroomWise! At long last there is a place where pet industry writers can present their works and benefit from PetGroomer.com's heavy web traffic. Yet it is also the visitors of PetGroomer.com that benefit from your knowledge and experience. It's a win-win for the pet grooming industry made possible by PetGroomer.com at no charge to anyone. We only ask for cooperation among our writers and visitors.
GroomWise writers do have some policies and procedures to follow in order to establish, maintain and promote camaraderie among all participants. Every member of the grooming industry knows that there is simply too much competitiveness where there should be cooperation. Sharing knowledge and helping others is not a competition. It is a practice in patience, devotion and love for our industry.
Some selling is allowed for all bloggers too. PetGroomer.com sponsors who blog can post banners linked to their websites, yet even our independent writers can link to their websites in other ways described on the Free GroomWise Blog Request Form.
To request a free blog go to www.groomwise.com and click Step 1: How to Get a Free GroomWise Blog and follow instructions.
Come forward in patience to work with us as we develop GroomWise. It's truly one-of-a-kind and never before attempted. It is strong evidence that the industry is taking another step to uplift its professional reputation. We can do this together!