Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.
I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.
Just gonna go back a year today. I was still on Blogger at this time, but I had a WordPress account and was interacting with one or two bloggers.
I felt quite paranoid about my spelling mistakes, and felt that I should write something to try to explain it. Now, I take more of a “it is what it is” viewpoint. If somebody doesn’t “get” that, they’re the one with the problem, not me. If it is a blogger I’m friendly with, I’ll maybe nudge them a little in that direction, but won’t spend a lot of energy on it. I thought the same, myself, once.
It did make me think, though. What do I do when I see a typo on already-published posts? When nobody was reading the posts, it was a no-brainer, but with an audience, I’m more restricted. I settled on fixing spelling mistakes, maybe a tiny rework to add clarity, but once something is published, that’s pretty much it. If I think of some blinding new addition after that, tough. If a post contains typos that I don’t know about, that’s a pity, but I can’t in all good conscience allow something to stay wrong, not when I know about it.
There’s another reason for this, too – just that WP talks to search engines and so potentially our posts could be found by someone in months or even years. So at least if somebody does come across the post, it’ll be as presentable as possible.
But I bet that attitude is pretty much what we all say, no?
…I’ve made a few, but then again…
I looked this morning at which of my posts have been most recently read by people, followed the link to the post itself. Almost immediately, I found a typo.
I do, of course, try not to make spelling mistakes in the first place. In fact, my spelling is good – very, very good – so if you see a typo it’ll most likely be a slip of my finger, or tapping the keyboard too lightly to register a stroke (happens a lot). I run my potential posts through a spellchecker, of course, (every little helps!) but I often find myself falling into the trap of running the spellchecker, re-reading something, deciding it can be better-worded, re-writing it (complete with typo) and not re-checking. Another favourite is writing a typo such that it spells a perfectly good word, albeit the wrong word. That’ll fool…
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