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