Internet communication, particularly among teens, is extremely casual and does lower writing standards. From texts to instant messages to tweets, they are all filled with things like “gr8”, “lol”, “idk”, “rofl”, “ur”, etc. There is nothing wrong with it if that kind of writing stays in the texts or the status updates but unfortunately, it often doesn’t.
I have seen many examples of this right here on Helium. What’s worse is that it is not always teens, but often adults as well who write to very low writing standards. “LOL” is the most common one I’ve seen. That’s okay for a blog post and it is okay for a status update. It is not okay for an article, especially if you would like to have some type of career as a writer. These casual approaches to writing articles will hurt the writers image not only to readers, but to potential publishers.
Another common problem is inappropriately capitalizing words, sentences, or even entire paragraphs to make a point. This is again acceptable for a blog post or a status update, but not for an article. Capitalizing an entire paragraph or article is so unprofessional and shows that the author has no thought for or knowledge of some of the most basic rules of grammar. That is not the kind of message a writer looking for exposure wants to send, to readers or to anyone else.
It seems that the biggest problem is that people get so used to using casual conversation on the Internet that they forget to be more professional when writing an article on the Internet. Writing an article is not the same as writing a blog post. An article needs to be more focused on a particular topic and communicate something in a way that is both clear and professional. “LOL” and “ROFL” are not professional ways to communicate in an article that you think something is funny. It seems that many writers who write articles on the Internet, including some who write for Helium, do not appreciate the opportunity they have. Writing articles on the Internet is a great way to build a readership and gain exposure for your writing. Just because it is on the Internet does not mean it should not be taken as seriously as writing an article for a magazine or newspaper. Any teen, or adult, who wants to use the Internet to become better writers needs to recognize grammar rules, as well as the difference between an article and a blog post.