I’ll be the first to admit I make typos. Whether it’s in my blog posts or in a comment on another site, I type too fast, misspell words and before I double check for typos, hit “submit”. My spelling mistakes are out there for everyone to see.
Sure, I can hope the author will correct the typo, but that’s not their “job”. It was totally my fault. My haste.
Recently Suzanne, of vAssistant Services landed on an old post of mine. It reminded me of the time when I was correcting typos in comments. As you may have guessed, I wasn’t getting a lot of comments.
I thought I would be different than other bloggers. I envisioned offering a “typo correcting service” (for comments). So no matter how many typos a commenter made, I would fix them. I was so proud of myself.
That quickly changed. Soon, I was in, way over my head. I gave up. Besides, I was too busy making my own typos. Hehe.
Here’s the problem. Commenters from some parts of the world use different words and/or different spellings than we do in America. Should I correct them? Probably not.
Having more foreigners commenting, I usually know what they mean by their words, but I can’t imagine rewriting all of their comments, converting them to “proper English”.
Some will say, “If you’re going to blog and publish your writings world wide, than you should write proper English, avoid typos and use correct grammar”.
I used to think that was partly true.
I don’t any more. As much as it is important to spell correctly and use good grammar, it’s often easy to make mistakes. It’s also difficult for some to know the “proper” verbiage.
So, whether you’re in the US, Canada, the UK, India, Australia, Japan, China, Guam, or anywhere else, I’ll read your blog and welcome your comments. All I need is to have it written in English.
What do you think? Should you correct typos of your commenters?
Does it irritate you to read blogs and/or comments that are filled with typos, improper English, or bad grammar?
BTW: I’ve installed the Ajax Edit Comments Plugin so you can correct your own typos (if you care). Just click on “edit comment” and you’ll be given 5 minutes to correct or rewrite your comment. If you would like more time to edit your comments, please let me know and I can change the time allowance.
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