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Thursday, 17 April, 2008

Why did you decide to write this blog on proofreading and editing?

Another good question! If you missed my last “post”: “What was the motivation for writing this blog on proofreading and editing?,” you may prefer to read that first.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a remarkable talent – a good “eye for detail.” To be more precise, to notice mistakes or flaws in everyday life e.g. (I should consult my teenage diaries to help my memory!) detail missing or something included that shouldn’t be; colours or patterns not matching and even correcting people’s speech i.e. bad grammar or if they make contradictions. I suspect many people reading this or whom know me think I’m a little too precise or, to use a more fitting word – pedantic. However, we are all unique human beings, so consequently I’m not going to let it bother me! Anyway, there are advantages to all this.

On the positive side, as far as people are concerned, this facet of my nature should delight them; this “skill” can be used most effectively in checking their writings for errors. Proofreading and editing text is what I do best i.e. looking for mistakes and suggest improvements in spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and, most importantly … does the writing make sense? Obviously, extremely important! In plain words, if what you write cannot be properly understood by others, how can you possibly convey your message effectively? The answer, of course, is you can’t! Consequently, doesn’t it sound logical to use a proofreading and editing service such as mine? Please say yes! Otherwise I’m just wasting my time! Seriously though, if you want to convey a good impression, for example to a prospective employer i.e. CV (résumé); to readers of your website, blog or an advertisement; or to the recipient of a business/personal letter, then let me help you in that quest. In return, I only request a donation; whatever you think I’m worth! So go on, give me the opportunity to prove myself. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

That’s all for now; looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any work to submit, questions or comments, please feel free to contact me, via email, at: matthew@cymru3117.fsnet.co.uk. You can also, of course, leave comments on this blog.

Thanks for reading. Hwyl (Bye).

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Wednesday, 9 April, 2008

What was the motivation for writing this blog on proofreading and editing?

Good question; I’m glad you asked!

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing; they are passions of mine. Reading material over the years has been a diverse range of non-fictional subjects e.g. astronomy, Welsh history and language, science, space travel, English language (correct use), philosophy, and computing. Although I’ve never written a creative masterpiece, my writings have been numerous i.e. personal and business letters and emails, essays, but my favourite of all are the teenage diaries I kept for 5 years; which, incidentally, haven’t been read for many years. Maybe I’ll have time to read them one day; should be quite interesting!

Altruism is another reason for this blog; I really enjoy helping people. If anyone is unhappy with their writings, then please, by all means, contact me. Let’s not forget that making friends is also an important reason; friendships equate to trust, consequently we will be able to achieve more.

Last, but not least, money is also a strong motivation for maintaining this blog. All I ask in exchange for proofreading and editing your work is a small donation; we all have financial commitments.

Please don’t think that I’m bragging by telling you about what I’ve done over the years. It’s, hopefully, giving a clearer picture of myself; when people start to leave comments on the blog, the conversation will include others besides me. I certainly don’t want to “hog the blog!” I want to hear what you have to say. So come on!

As per usual, if you have any feedback, whatsoever, please do contact me.

Bye for now. Hwyl!

Friday, 21 March, 2008

My Curriculum Vitae (résumé).

Filed under: Achievements & Skills — Matthew @ 11:29 pm

Hi again, here’s my condensed CV as promised. I have included much more than mere writing experience, as I wanted to give a broader view of my skills to prove I am more than capable of producing quality work. Consequently, I have included university and other skills i.e. essay writing, research, IT and more. Furthermore, I’m continually expanding my knowledge of writing; I firmly believe one is never too old to learn. I hope this information gives a clearer picture of the type of person you would be dealing with.

As always, if you have any questions whatsoever please contact me. Thanks for reading.

CV

Email: (please see blog profile).

EDUCATION

1998 – 2002 University of Glamorgan: BA (Hons) History & Welsh Studies 2:1

University subjects: as a combined studies’ student. I studied a majority of history and Welsh modules (including Welsh language) plus a variety of independent research projects e.g. Owain Glyndŵr and native Welsh castles. I also worked extensively with computers.

1997 WMCE Treforest

City & Guilds Level 1 – IT Computers & Computing.

Skills

Computer and IT Literate:

Research

Internet and IT based research skills.

I am confident that I can make effective use of web/Internet technologies to compile thorough information on most topics.

Libraries/Journals and paper based information skills.

My enthusiasm for information/research is proven by the fact that I planned and chose 4 independent research projects (mini dissertations) throughout the duration of my degree. As a result, I am confident that I am methodical, meticulous and able to compile large amounts of data and information into simple, understandable formats; e.g. compiled field study reports of 25 native Welsh castles into a 3000 word essay.

IT

Microsoft Office (working knowledge) especially Word, and intermediate keyboard skills. Advanced knowledge of the Internet. Extensive, practical experience of using the Linux operating system, which I am currently using and have done for the past 2 years.

Java Programming Basic knowledge.

Web Design Intermediate knowledge.

Personal Skills:

Thorough and meticulous eye for detail

I am frequently asked, by family and friends, to proofread text as I have an excellent, scrupulous eye for detail.

Perseverance

I completed my degree with a 2:1 grade and maintained my family commitments.

Effective planning and time management

The combined studies degree programme allowed me to plan my own agenda. This, out of necessity, required me to be more autonomous and to research the modules more thoroughly to ensure I designed a coherent programme that suited my research and analytical preferences. In fact, I prefer to work with the minimum of supervision.

Intellectual challenge

This is my main motivation in life; studying at university – late in life – being a prime example.

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