Well, this is embarrassing, but the last time I popped in to say 'hi' was this time last year when I wanted to tell you about my New Year's resolution of learning how to cook! I can proudly tell you that, although I'm nowhere near perfect, I have beaten my fear of cooking, made it into the kitchen on a regular basis this year and have mastered some simple meals. So, as far as resolutions go (at least for me), I count that as a success!
So, what about this year? I have two main ones. The first is a health thing- I've been told by the hospital to lose 3 stone (about 19KG). It's quite a chunk of me to lose, so I'm going to have to really put some effort in. I'm plan on doing Zumba regularly, getting into Juicing and potentially kick-starting things with a personal trainer. I'll let you know how it goes- but any suggestions are very welcome in the comments!
The second resolution is something that I've wanted to do for some time, and that is to improve my grammar. I love to write, and I know most of you do too. But in reality, I tend to guess at the nuts and bolts of my craft rather than know what I'm doing. This desire to learn and set it as a resolution for this year reared it's head again when Nick from Grammarly (the grammar checker) contacted me to let me know about an interesting study that they have conducted. Basically put, they proofread 400+ freelancer profiles from all eight categories of a top online Freelancer agency- checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. To adjust for quality of work, they only selected freelancers with an average rating of four stars or above. They then looked at correlation between earnings and the number of mistakes detected. Take a look at the infographic they sent me (left) which describes a bit about their findings.
So - to recap - good writing, including good grammar = much better potential in career and life choices! What better reason to chose to learn my basic grammar for my 2015 New Year's resolution.
You can find out more about Grammarly the grammar checker at grammarly.com/grammarcheck
What are your resolutions for 2015? How important do you think strong writing skills are?