Recently, I have been blogging from my phone. It’s convenient, especially when one does not have access to a reliable internet connection.* Unfortunately, it also paves the way for numerous typos, and for that I apologize. However, I do think that it provides an opportunity to discuss typos in writing (and in blogging).
When I was younger, finding a typo in a book was horrifying. Had these authors not put the time into their work that would have prevented such errors? Had the editors not cared enough to find every little mistake? Back then, a typo spoke to me of a story that the people putting it together didn’t care about. That saddened me, for I loved the stories.**
Since those years, I have learned that typos aren’t about not loving the worlds and stories we create – they are about being human. We all make mistakes. No matter how many eyes look at something – we can’t catch every error. Because we are human. When I realized this, I no longer worried about typos in books (well, not as much) and I have come to the point where they hardly distract me anymore. It’s the story I’m after, a relationship with the characters, not perfection.
This is also the case when it comes to blogs. Many of us who blog are doing it because we want to, not because it is a job. Now, I still cringe when I see typos in my posts, and others, but after a moment (or several hours) I shrug it off. We’re all human. We’re going to make mistakes. It’s just unfortunate when we make them where anyone can see, for unlimited time.
How do you feel about typos in books? In blogs?
Take care, fellow travelers.
*So now, I will be at the library multiple times a week, composing and revising my blog posts.
**Perhaps I’ve said it before, if I don’t love a book, I will not continue reading (unless, of course, it is a free kindle book and I have nothing else to do except dishes).
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