Raging Bull

I tend to follow quite a few blogs, just on the basis that once my appetite is whetted, I’ll think “I’ll just follow then for a short while and see how I like them”.

As it happened, today I was reading a died-in-the wool advocate of a particular political persuasion. They wrote political posts, which I don’t mind because I myself am interested in current affairs. But anybody who is dyed-in-the-wool anything, I’m wary of, because it usually means they’re not prepared to see faults in their own side. I find that if you’re going to look at things objectively, you generally have to be pretty-much independent.

The last straw came this morning when they targetted a politician from the other side, and the first thing they did was to criticise their spelling. And, I just sat there, thinking “would they criticise me for that, too?” With only one usable hand, they wouldn’t believe the gymnastics I need to perform when I write a post. They would not believe the dumb-ass mistakes I make when I first put something down onto paper. They wouldn’t believe the amount of proof-reading that goes on, because the stroke left me with dodgy eyes, too, and typos are embarrassing. Yet there are are still typos in there. They wouldn’t believe that I usually publish my posts privately first, so I can listen to them one last time before I make them public, to make sure they “sound” right. And that nobody else sees each post until about the 12th version.

Ah, well, one less blog to follow…

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

16 thoughts on “Raging Bull”

  1. I admire your excellent efforts, you do a splendid job of writing.

    It’s not pleasant to follow people who constantly criticise it makes you wonder what they are like in real life.

    There is a lady blogger out there who doesn’t live too far from me and when I began blogging she contradicted everything I said, and to the point where I became apprehensive about publishing. Eventually, I stopped following her and she did the same, but I see her on other sites and find that she’s as nice as pie to everyone else.

    I make masses of typos so I never publish immediately. The trouble is I read what I expect to see and just don’t notice the errors. My fingers don’t catch up with my brain quick enough either and I’m surprised to find words missing from my sentences, and usually post-publication!

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    1. That’s always the way 🤣 I find listening helps because I can easily spot words that are out of place, although the reader sometimes gets confused and resorts to spelling things out when it doesn’t recognise the word, which obviously halts whatever flow was there.
      Funnily enough I have a reader now who behaves a bit like that. Just certain subjects. I pull those comments. At the end of the day, if they wish to write a post contradicting everything I say, let them do so on their own blog. But 99%, nice as pie.

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  2. I have a neurological condition called essential tremor (shekky hands in Yorkshire speak.) I have to type with weights round my wrists and it takes ages, so I empathise with you. I do try and eliminate typos but I don’t usually mind people pointing them out. It depends how it is done !

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    1. No I had to think very early on about whether I was happy editing posts after they’d gone live. I will do, to fix typos only. But if somebody leaves a typo in their comment, I’m careful not to change it unless they actually say something about it.

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  3. I used to be hypercritical of other bloggers not so much for typos — we all make them — but for improper word usage and grammatical errors. But I guess I’ve mellowed somewhat and am now more tolerant as long as the quality of the content outweighs the less than stellar grammar. Well, most of the time, anyway.

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  4. I like you more with typos… it makes you more relatable haha… I mean, your blog is one of the finer things I found in WP, I love the things you write, but sometimes, certain topics can be intimidating… typo errors humanise great writers

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      1. Of course! You don’t know how intimidating your posts were. I still do get that feeling sometimes especially when the comments/ conversations on your blog become intense but, thankfully, I’ve known you for quite some time now… I can brave it out!

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        1. Aw, man, if you met me in real life you wouldn’t be intimidated. I’m lovely, really 🤣 And I do my best to be nice to people. Seriously, the guy I most look up to concluded that it is our job to encourage each other, I agree and hope I succeed a little. And have a look at my fowc response today – it’s all nonsense!

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  5. Everyone and I mean everyone, makes mistakes, typos, grammatical errors, etc. I actually enjoy seeing those errors because I fit right in. We all try our best and the content is what should be appreciated.

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  6. I often write after a long day at work – typos are bound to happen!!!!!!!
    When I read my post again the following day (after it has been published) I try to go back and correct they typos.

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