Yes, like taxes and other tedious paperwork items grammar must be dealt with. Whether we consider ourselves to be editing or revising we need to be able to handle the tool of grammar with alacrity (meaning with a brisk and cheerful readiness). What happens if you are like me though? I am comma dyslexic. It isn't a syndrome that is openly discussed but any of my readers and teachers would say "Gah! That Jan! She either uses way too many commas or none at all." I might add that I am exactly the same with maps. I can follow maps easily - I use them constantly - I love them in fact. But I cannot remember them. If I'm not looking at them they are gone - where is Connecticut? Somewhere above New York and below Maine. Like that - and I only know that much as I have actually gone there many times.
So for some forms of grammar and punctuation I need to be constantly vigilant in my revising. I also need help - other eyes. Other sorts of grammar issues are not normally a problem for me. I don't have a problem with its and it's or farther and further. I keep Strunk & White's little book(The Elements of Style) on my desk at all times. I read so broadly and deeply that I instinctively know when I've made most (non comma) grammar errors. I like reading nerdy grammar blogs - like Grammar Girl - Quick and Dirty Tips which is jam-packed with lovely easy to understand tips on proper usage of our glorious language.
Okily-dokily! That's it for today. Here's a photo of one of my dear grandsons showing me how to do a headstand!