Do typos bug you? Specifically, do MY typos bug you? Well, a new day is dawning. I’m announcing my Typo Accountability Project. But I’m going to need your help so please keep reading.
Honestly, I’m just caving to public pressure. Typos don’t bug me all that much personally, particularly on a blog. In a printed book? Yes, then typos strike me as sloppy and weird. But here online, I’m forgiving because the web is more fluid and real time-y plus they can always be corrected.
But that’s just me. Some of y’all really don’t like typos. Like, really don’t.
I’ve mentioned before that I have two things working against me in the typo department.
First, as a result of my diabetes I have really poor eyesight. For example, I’m initially writing this post in Microsoft Word and the font size I’m using is literally one that most of you could probably read from across the room. No joke, each letter is about an inch tall on my screen. My vision swirls and I have spots and patterns that come and go. (No, I don’t drive anymore. You’re safe.)
My second issue is that I have painful tendinitis in my right arm. If you think my work is painful to read, I will counter that it’s actually physically painful for me to write. For much of my work, I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a really great voice recognition software program but that doesn’t keep errors from showing up – it just creates different and more bizarre errors, like words that make no sense suddenly cropping up in the middle of sentences.
These two factors make the process of writing physically difficult for me and by the time I get something written, I’m often so exhausted and hurting that I just want to get the darn thing published as quickly as possible. But if you have done any blogging at all, you’ll know that I can’t because writing is just the initial part of the process. After that comes hyperlinking, finding and inserting images, formatting and then assorted housekeeping tasks in WordPress.
Okay. Those were my excuses. Now that I’ve gotten them out of my system, I don’t need to use them anymore.
What I need to do is take an extra final step before I publish things and do a search and destroy mission for typos.
Here’s where you come in.
Public accountability is a great technique for achieving one’s goals. They tell people that if you want to lose weight or quit smoking or change any bad habit, one simple little mind trick you can play on yourself is to start telling everybody what your intention is. Another trick is to give yourself some extra negative incentive when someone catches you sneaking a piece of cake or furtively inhaling a cigarette in the Rose Garden. (No disrespect, Mr. President.)
So – if you catch me making a typo on this blog, I will donate one dollar per post to a charity to be named later.
Here the rules…
- I have 15 minutes from the time I post something to correct any typos. Because of that vision problem, if an error happened in the WordPress stage, I often literally don’t even see the typos until they are published in a browser.
- It’s one dollar per blog post, not per typo.
- It has to be actual typo, not a made-up word or slang expression. This isn’t Scrabble.
- You can notify me either by e-mail, twitter or in a comment.
Them’s the rules. (That was not a typo, by the way.) Let’s see if this psychological experiment works.