Focus on the Meaning Not the Spelling

While I’ll admit that I’ve become a bit strict when it comes to my younger cousins and their ability to spell, I still believe that there is too much focus and attention directed towards proper spelling and grammar online. Yes, it would be ideal if everything was perfect and correct, but it is increasingly rare to read a blog and not have some mistake stick out like a sore thumb.

I am the first to admit that I find it amusing that I failed high school English, and went on to become a full time writer. Thankfully, in my career, there were more supporters than detractors. People seemed to enjoy my opinions and were willing to overlook many of my spelling and grammar mistakes.

For those out there hunting down mistakes, instead of commenting on the specific post, and making your “superiority” a public event, why not contact the blog author through their comment form and let them know. There is a difference between helping and showboating, and rubbing people’s noses in their mistakes only causes friction.

Besides, at the end of the day, it is about the sharing of ideas. Focus on the meaning of an article, and work towards real communication and the web will be a better place.

Note: That doesn’t mean that bloggers should get lazy about their spelling. with spell checking added to most modern browsers and office software, it doesn’t hurt to check your work. There is little excuse for five and less character words being misspelled.

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