Today’s post is about blogs and typos. We all find them on blogs–I’ll talk about the typos here in a second. First, in general, how bad a thing are typos in your mind? A minor inconvenience? A deal-breaker? (Perhaps, if there are upwards of 6 or 7 in a short post, I’ll call it quits, but typos aren’t usually deal-breakers for me. I don’t freak out about a typo when I’m reading on the web).
How much do typos drive you up the wall?
As I work on organizing, combining, editing, and adding to various posts on my blog to make a writer’s handbook–I hope to title it “Writing for You,” and I just can’t wait to release it!–I’m noticing that some of the posts in my backlog have some typos, and though I’m fixing them as I find them for people in the future who go to explore the catalog of articles I have here, it’s really annoying me.
You see, I definitely edit my posts before I schedule them to go live. And that’s part of the problem, because I’m one of those people who sometimes, unintentionally, edits problems INTO my work. (You know, you change something without realizing that necessitates a change somewhere else in the sentence or paragraph. It’s maddening!.)
So first of all, I’m sorry for what typos you guys have dealt with here. I don’t really mind an occasional typo when I’m reading blogs–I know bloggers are busy people, and blogs are generally informal and short and fun–but I’m a perfectionist, so even though I don’t give typos a second thought when I’m reading and don’t judge other people for them, I hate that I’ve found so many here.
I guess my point in writing this is to ask you to let me know if you ever spot a typo on the blog. Just leave a brief comment, and I’ll be grateful for bringing it to my attention so that I can go back and fix it for future readers who stop by. I won’t feel like you’re being a snob or anything like that, I promise 🙂
Why I Hate Having Typos In My Work
I do think–and I think most people would agree–there’s a difference between a typo or two on a blog and a spattering of print errors in a printed, formal volume. For sure. But wherever they appear in my writing, typos drive me nuts.
I feel like they imply I’m being sloppy. That I don’t really care about what I’m writing, that I don’t take the time to revise my work, and that I’m just rushing to get something–anything–down, regardless of the quality, because I left it until the last minute.
That’s why I hate my typos. I mean, it’s not like you guys can’t figure out what’s supposed to be on the screen or what I’m meaning to get across. But I can’t stand what typos imply about me. I’ll definitely try to be more careful about them in the future.
So: welcome to the new, improved, blog! I couldn’t think of a better time to be revising old posts and concentrating on proofing new ones: I’ve just hit 25,000 total views this morning, as I write this on April 10. That’s two weeks out from my first blog-iversary! And I’m averaging over 200 hits a day this month! The last two days, I’ve had over 3oo each. That has never, ever happened for me before, so I’m kind of excited 🙂