This has nowt to do with photography. Though it has inasmuch as it refers to virtually every single post on this ’ere blog… pretty much.
Why is it when, after having written a new piece; after having read it through three or four times before posting; after having read it through again in the edit panel before publishing; and after having read it through several times immediately after publishing… I still find, a day or so later when I go through it once more, bloody SPELLING MISTAKES?!!!
Its not as though I can’t spell. In fact, despite my unabashed mangling of the language, shameless usage of slang words, wilful adoption of faddish ’net terms conventions and so forth, secretly I quite pride myself on my ability to spell words correctly. Well, most words at least. English language words.
I’m also fairly good at copy-reading… or used to be.
Many many many moons ago, in the days preceding my graphics caper, I was in the printing trade (which is how I landed up in graphics initially, but that’s another story). And one of the various jobs I undertook in that trade was copy-reading (aka proofreading). So I’m not exactly a novice at it.
Yet here I am, re-reading my post of yesterday, and still finding the occasional word with an incorrect spelling.
I put the original error down to dyslexic fingers of course. But that doesn’t explain how I completely fail to spot the errors subsequently.
Yeah, I know all about that business of getting someone else to check your work cos you’ll always miss your own mistakes. That’s not really viable with blogposts though, is it? Not unless you happen to share your home with someone who’s ever-present “on demand”.
I’m also aware of that “proofreading” thingie in the WP edit panel… just that my pride (damn stupid bloody pride… must come from my part-Spanish ancestry) prevents me from using it.
And spelling’s not all!
There’s also the odd mis-placed word. Or the over-use of a particular word or phrase in sentences/paras far too close together. And all sorts of other grammatical inaccuracies and bloomers. And let’s not forget wrong punctuation. Hell, the list is endless!
Not that I mind bad grammar… when its deliberate! But when its clearly not, that really pisses me off.
Unless of course its intended to emulate one’s manner of speaking. In which case its ok. By me at least.
So apologies to all when it may appear that I’ve edited and re-edited a given post several times after having published it. All I can promise is that nothing significant will have been changed. And hopefully no-one will have noticed.
Although to my mind those changes are significant because such errors speak to me of carelessness on the part of the writer… especially if the writer actually does have the ability to avoid such errors. And I shall notice.
Its just that I like things to be right.
Not “right” in terms of grammar or usage necessarily, but “right” in terms of how I want it to be.
And when it isn’t its damned irritating!
P.S. Should anyone spot any spelling mistakes in the foregoing please please don’t tell me else I’ll likely do something really serious. Thankyou. Now where’d I put me hooch so I can drown me sorrows?