Sunday, July 21, 2013

To Bee Or Not To Be

Oooh, this is gonna be tough.
I feel so judgmental. Almost like a traitor to my own kind. But if I don’t say something, I may never read another blogger’s blog again. And I really want to enjoy what other writers have to say. So here goes.
Edit, people, edit.
Read over your blog post on that beautiful page with all the pretty pictures and moving graphics and edit. Check your spelling or let Spell Check do it for you.
Write in Word first and let the wavy red and green lines do what you paid them to do—get your attention. Fix the spelling errors. It’s so easy—right click on the red squiggled word and choose the best computerized replacement. Or click on the green squiggled phrase and find out why Grammar Check is mad at you.
Then, and only then, cut and paste your heartfelt communiqué into the “compose” box, or whatever your blog host calls it, and then—you might hate this part—edit again. Read your post in the “preview” window before your hit the “publish” button.
Did you leave out a word that your weary computer overlooked? Did you spell “two” correctly, only to realize that you meant to type “too”?  Because if I have to keep re-reading your sentences and mentally correct your spelling in order to understand what you’re trying to tell me, I may not make it to your third paragraph.
See?  I knew this might hurt somebody’s feelings.
But here’s the thing—you are a gifted writer. And yet, if those misspellings and confusing sentences don’t get your attention before you send them out into the universe, your writing will never look any more professional than that of a high schooler with a D in English. The most beautiful blog pages look like mascara on a moose when the star of the show—your story—is covered in simple mistakes.
Did you see that?  Spell Check hates the word “schooler.” Is that even a word?
Gotta go.  Me and Spell Check (Spell Check and I?) gotta sit down and discuss a few things. It doesn’t like “gotta” either. And there’s a squiggly green line under “go.” Looks like Grammar Check is on call waiting.
See? I’m not perfect either. But I’ll be back after I edit out one or two more of my frustrations.
Anybody seen Attitude Check around?  I might need it.




Spelling Bee Guy courtesy of Oak Park Public Library's photos at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/8420521@N04/6182396312

10 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS! I am sure I make my share of spelling or grammar error (New computer, Word not installed yet), but I bet I read my own stuff more than the 1000+ people who have "visited" my page.......before it's ever published!

    And, now that you have me ranting, VIDEO posters need to "edit; preview; edit" also. And, some might consider a "stand in"!

    Sorry, definitely got me going on this post!

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Well, hey, I'm here for you, Anyonymous! ;) Rant away! I've been thinking about this post for the last couple of weeks, especially since I joined a blog challenge. It's so hard to get through articles when I'm constantly stumbling over misspellings. I've been great at spelling all my life . . . until this part of my life. My brain is definitely going renegade on me lately, so I NEED spell check! I might even buy STOCK in spell check! Spell check is my friend. I'm just trying to introduce it to more friends. ;) Thanks!

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  2. What a delightful way to make a point! Love this post! Sometimes it's challenging to try and figure out what people are trying to say!

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    1. I'm glad you saw the humor in it. :) It's hard to point out things like this, but sometimes a little bit of sugar makes the medicine go down! I appreciate your comments!

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  3. Oh, I completely agree!! I'm not perfect, but this drives me nuts!

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    1. I was relieved to see that I'm not alone in this observation. Here's to better spelling through editing!

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  4. Oh no! Is it me? (runs to look at her last post....)

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    1. It could be. Let's see - is the Pope Baptist? Not. Not ever. Not even possible, Grammar Queen of the Universe. You.Are.My.Hero. ;)

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  5. I. Love. This! How's that for grammar. Sigh. It's a very sad day when I spend more time translating than reading. One of my friends posted a picture to my Facebook wall that says, "I'm silently correcting your grammar in my head." They know me too well. I do 100% of my typing, correspondence, and internet browsing on a small, old, out dated mobile device, and yet I can manage to type with MOSTLY correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
    I do, however, get mental giggles over a couple of common misused spellings. When people type "to funny" instead of "too funny", I imagine a crusader on a charge to find funny, and that is his rally cry. Fist in the air, on his royal steed, he bellows "TO FUNNY!" Or, when people respond with "your welcome" after I've thanked them, I pretend that they are presenting me with my welcome. As I sit there on my chair, my friend arrives and kneels before me lifting my welcome above their heads: "Your welcome, my Liege!"
    Anywho... All this to say, I'm with you. However, in my true lazy and hypocritical form, I'm not re-reading this to edit it. It is too long. Enjoy :-)

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    1. Hahaha! I loved this! And . . . I am still waiting for your much anticipated blog. Boy. You're more cruel than a theatrical trailer. Get to blogging, girl! And then . . . go to your room! You're welcome. ;)

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