Now I realise this is showing my age, but when I went to primary school the main focus was on the three “R’s” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

Okay, l realise only one of those subjects actually begins with the letter “R”, but I didn’t start the phrase.

Anyway, every day we would sit at our little wooden desks with the hinged lids, where so many children had sat before us, and practice our writing on small black boards with white chalk.  When we’d shown our completed work to the teacher, we’d rub it out with our small blackboard rubber.

As we got older, we wrote in “proper” books with ink pens, having first dipped their nibs into the inkwells found in our desks.  Depending on the slant of our writing and our skill with the pen, we often had to soak up the excess liquid with our allocated sheet of pink blotting paper.

Daily we would go through our times tables, do our sums, and recite the alphabet. To this day I can still say it backwards!

We were also taught proper grammar and punctuation, and weekly we would have spelling tests for words we had been requested to learn at home.

Most of us did, and usually, by the time we left primary school, the majority of us could read, write, and add up in our heads without the need for calculators and spell checkers, (which was just as well because they didn’t exist in those days!)

It was all pretty laborious, but provided a good foundation.

modern schoolFast forward five decades and everything is about speed.

According to a report on the BBC News this morning, many people are ruining their chances of ever getting an interview for the few jobs currently available because of the appalling spelling, grammar and punctuation on their CV’s.

It’s creating a bad first impression, and some potential employees are taking the attitude if the prospect can’t even be bothered to check their initial application form, then it probably reflects their whole attitude to work and life in general.

This even applies to university graduates, and one building society has even sent staff for English lessons, because the bosses couldn’t understand the internal memos written by their graduate employees.

So, what’s this got to do with this blog post you might ask?


… it’s firmly believed if you want to be successful as an internet marketer, you need to get your products out fast. It’s that old “money likes speed” thing, and after all, it’s no good having a brilliant idea if it’s just in your head, is it?

One phrase you’ll often hear is,  “You don’t have to get it right – you just have to get it going”.

I understand that, but I still like to see things written in proper English and presented well, because it’s certainly true, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”.

Guess I’m just showing my age!




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