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.

Oh well….

Today’s Lesson

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Today’s Assignment

What do you think? Should you correct typos of your commenters?

Do you?

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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  1. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I wondered about the new “countdown” in the comment section earlier today. Thanks for explaining it. Cool!

    I was an English minor in college and have two teaching degrees, so I was taught to write “properly.” However, since my husband was an advertising copywriter for many years, he showed me how ads definitely do not follow classic form in most cases, and that it was OK to write that way. Now in the blogosphere I see and subscribe to a much more casual writing style.

    Typos still make me cringe, but I’m getting over it! I know my posts and ocmments must have them as well. (there you go!).

    I would never dream of correcting typos made by my commenters. I consider my blog like my home and want to make guests feel super comfortable there. I wouldn’t correct someone’s manners or behavior in my home, so why would I fix typos in the comment section?

    Linda Abbits last blog post..Tips for Creating a Safety Net for Our Aging Parents – Part 1

  2. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Good question! And, since I am a proofreader, I have a good answer…. Typos make me cringe. But, I don’t fix my commenter’s typos. It’s worse though when I see a typo I have made. I have to stop myself from editing every email I send out to people who know I am a proofreader.

    I feel deep down, that it doesn’t matter for blogging. Plus, it’s hard to proofread on screen as opposed to a piece of paper.

    To me, blogging is all about communication and sharing ideas; not perfection. We’re not perfect when we speak either; we say “um” hundreds of time and use slang but the meaning still gets across.

    Having said that, I suppose it depends on the type of blog you are running. If it is a professional blog and you are earning a living with it, then typos would be more of an issue.

    Davinas last blog post..The Beauty Path

  3. The notion of correcting commenters typos sounds humorous to me. Did you actually do that Barbara O_O πŸ˜›

    It also sounds exhaustive. I too make typos when commenting on other blogs. However, since this is the subject matter for this entry, I guess I’ll be extra careful with this comment, that no typos are present. But if any end up being, I’m going to look really bad πŸ™

  4. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda,

    Yes, the “countdown” gives my commenters a chance to change anything they want to in their comment. Pretty cool, hey?

    Writing styles are totally different between media sources, and blogs are extremely different. Often paragraphs are one sentence, only because we cater to our visitors and their desire to read quickly and move on.

    I wish a blog author would correct my typos. I try to be careful, but often a typo or two will slip by. Reviewing a comment in which I made a typo makes ME cringe. There have been times when I left a second comment and apologized for the lack of proofreading.

    Hi Davina,

    Proofreader, you say?

    Yes, blogging is about sharing ideas and not necessarily perfection, however, our blogs are also our “online resumes”. In the event we are looking to go into freelance writing (or something similar), our blogs become a reflection of us.

    Comments are often the casual side of blogging, but like you, I’m a lot harder on myself than I am on others (re: errors).

    Hi Bamboo,

    Yes, I did correct some typos, and still do occasionally. Hopefully no one minds.

    It could be exhaustive, therefore I don’t do it all of the time.

  5. Dr. CasonNo Gravatar says:

    I saw the Guam reference and smiled.

    I don’t mind a few typos. By someone else of course, but when I hit send and see a mistake in a comment I wrote, the typos make me sick.

    No seriously I get ill. So I wouldn’t mind if a blogger corrected mine. But I never correct someone else.

    I do like the edit comments plug in.

    Oh and the writing style. I love a casual colloquial style of writing. It makes me feel like the person is really talking with me and not putting on airs. If it’s formal writing then it’s not appropriate but if it’s a blog…the more casual the better!

    Dr. Casons last blog post..A Little Sweat and Relaxation

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    I had to include my friend in Guam. πŸ™‚

    I’m hoping everyone will like the edit comments plugin. It doesn’t have to be used, but it’s there for those who want an option.

    In tomorrow’s post, I’ll be talking more about writing style.

  7. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara

    I’d be honoured if you coloured your blog (one of my favourites) with non-American English – it would be a grey day if we all did things the same. You know… Australia is the centre of the universe (my apologies to you and your neighbours – the cheque is in the mail).

    This is my attempt at being funny – please ignore.

    Robins last blog post..Is The World Getting Better Or Worse?

  8. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    Correcting comments for typos and spelling mistakes sounds like a huge amount of work, Barbara.

    I can imagine that you gave up doing it at the first chance you got πŸ™‚

    I have much respect and admiration for those bloggers for whom English is not their first language, yet who produce quality content written in what, I gather, is regarded as the universal language of the blogosphere.

  9. Al at 7PNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    That’s amazing that you corrected typos in the comments! That has to be a lot of energy, since I can only imagine how many you come across.

    This brings up an interesting point. Sometimes I notice that I have incorrect grammar with my blog articles, but if I published them, I resist the urge to correct them. I feel like if the article was mailed out or published in feeds, then it’s too late for me to make corrections. Perhaps I’m being too draconian?

    Al at 7Ps last blog post..Which Superhero Blockbuster Movie Are You?

  10. @ Al at 7P – remember people will still come and read your older posts. I was checking my stats yesterday and I had a lot of hits from Google search which landed people on my older posts. So it might be worth while to fix it.

    @ Barbara – I don’t fix commentator’s grammar or spelling, but if I see I made one, I will go back and fix it. Yeah I can see how that would take up a lot of time. I generally proof read everything I type out – from emails to comments on blogs. The problem is, I’m so particular about it that it probably takes me twice as long as it should to comment or send an email, which is bad. I don’t have enough time in the day as it is.

    By the way, I’ll have to add the edit plugin to my list πŸ™‚

    John Hoff – eVentureBizs last blog post..20.4 Ways People Scan Your Website

  11. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – this is a tough one but I don’t always get time to correct them all.

    Now, if a freelance writer makes a typo on my blog – I usually try to correct it. I know they write to make a living and I don’t want one of their potential customers landing on a comment with a typo in it.

    Cath Lawsons last blog post..Website Optimization – Do You Suck At It?

  12. I sometimes correct typos in someone’s comments if there’s one that jumps out at me, but I don’t make a point of proofreading everything. I think it’s nice to have a little variation…British u’s, non-native English, etc.

    Hunter Nuttalls last blog post..From Tragedy To Triumph: Winning Through A Life Crisis

  13. Horses for courses I suppose. Blogging seems to lend itself to being more relaxed with typos etc than pretty much any other written form. I think it depends somewhat on the “voice” of the blog. Typos in a serious blog about a poltics for example would lose their credibility pretty quickly. On the other hand a blog I read several times a week – Craig Harper’s (craigharper.com.au) often makes up words, has the occasional typo and throws in colloquial stuff regularly and it seems to enhance rather than detract overall. I am too tired after completing my last post so will submit now without checking for errors!

    Leanne Magraiths last blog post..Multitasking Super Hero

  14. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    You are really doing fine job by editing your commentator’s comments
    But i agree with Davina blogging is all about having fun and meeting people across the world. But if we will insist for proper language then i am afraid we will miss all the fun.

  15. Avani-MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    I usually eat up words while typing. And it’s very difficult to catch them while proof reading unless I reduce my reading speed drastically.

    Avani-Mehtas last blog post..From Tragedy to Triumph : Winning Through A Life Crisis

  16. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara: It’s so funny that you corrected other people’s typos in your comment section (the only comment I’ve ever edited on my blog is where one gentleman called me “honey”; I took out the word “honey”).

    I can see why people make spelling and grammar mistakes in the comments section, just because people tend to visit a lot of blogs so they’re going fast and the brain isn’t that good at picking up your own mistakes on a computer screen.

    What annoys me is when a blog post is full of typos. It makes me feel like the writer doesn’t care about their readers. When I find a typo in one of my blog posts I always fix it.

    Marelisas last blog post..What is Love?

  17. Oh, I don’t mind that you correct typos from time to time. It’s a kind gesture.

    Bamboo Forests last blog post..Flying LlamaFish’s 7 Fun Words

  18. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    I try to avoid typos and grammar mistakes.

    But I do so much damn proofreading and anal nitpicky technical writing at work, that when I’m off the clock and blogging for fun, I’ll cut myself a bit of slack.

    If it’s not a document going out to a client or for peer-review, if it’s not 100% perfect, than so be it. I can live with the odd typo. People know I’m smart…I leave mistakes out of laziness, not out of ignorance.


    That beign said, I did find a little grammar mistake:

    “if you’re going to blog and publish your writings world wide, than you should write proper English”

    (heh heh heh). πŸ™‚

  19. Barbara, you’re a hardworking lady, LOL! I just leave the comments as they are — I like them in the original form. There’s a personal touch to the grammatical errors and typing boo-boos when it’s signed off by another person. I guess the only thing I’ll feel compelled to change is if the typo error resulted in a total change in the true meaning of the word – for example “public” mistyped as “pubic” – you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰ Obscenities and vulgarities end up in the trash can too. Oh yes … like Dr. Cason, I feel really squirmy when I make the mistakes.

    Irene | Light Beckonss last blog post..Energy Overhaul

  20. Up til recently I was a foreigner. πŸ™‚

    I hate when I personally make typos, so if someone sees one in a blog post and tells me about it, I’m very grateful.

    But comments seem more casual to me, so typos there don’t really bother me…

    Sara with an “h”s last blog post..The Art of Fine Tuning Your Lifestyle.

  21. I blog on a few social networks… When it comes to correcting comments, fixing typos and all, I suppose I approach the situation on a case-by-case basis.

    Most often I try to quickly edit and correct the mistake. It shouldn’t take too long right? But sometimes we’re pressed for time so we don’t get to it. (Alas, I wish there was more time in the day). Other times the comment is flat out full of errors; a misspelling here, that sentence doesn’t make sense…come to think of it, the whole comment doesn’t make sense. These comments I delete. I don’t even give it consideration and try to decipher what the commentator was going for. I guess I assume this person was looking to build some seo for themselves by leaving a comment with their backlink which to me is not cool. I want a conversation. I want you to say something worth saying.

  22. MizFitNo Gravatar says:

    such a great post. and for me NOT AT ALL with the commenters.
    and not so much on blogs which are personal in nature—-but the ones which strive to be more professional (read: sell me stuff :)) I do, indeed, get turned off by misspelled words etc.

    now that I ponder it IS kind of judgmental of me….

    MizFits last blog post..Viewer Mail. The *some of you are gonna feel ripped off* edition.

  23. JayNo Gravatar says:

    The only time I correct mistakes in comments is if the author has made a second comment apologising for, or bemoaning, a comment made. Then, I’ll quietly fix it for them and delete the apology.

    I often can’t tell if someone is from another country and/or has English as a second language, so I’m reluctant to make changed to what they’ve written in case I offend them or accidentally change the meaning of what they’ve said.

    I do go back and fix things in my own blog posts if I notice something wrong, or even occasionally, if I find a better picture! I don’t do that very often though.

    So, you like people talking casual, do ya? How about dialect? See, if you were from round here, you might have said that correcting comments had you ‘going in and out like a dog at a fair’.

    Being English, I tend to stick to ‘proper’ grammar unless I’m talking to someone I know, because a lot of our phrases could be misunderstood by other, non UK, English-speakers!

  24. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t fix typos from other people. And I make my fair share too. I do tend to be particular about what I write, if I catch it. The thing is, I don’t always “fully” proofread everything I write. I just did it there (I didn’t capitalize the I in that last sentence – I fixed it though). But sometimes we miss some of the typos. I think that’s ok.
    As far as websites, I’m with MizFit here – the more professional the website is (or appears to be) the more I expect better grammar.

    Lances last blog post..The Speed Limit of Your Life

  25. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    I have the comment moderation set up with my Blogger account. This does not allow me to alter the comments in any way. I can only approve or disapprove the comments.

    I much prefer this. Journalists aren’t allowed to let contributers revise their quotes in an interview. Writers need to take them as they are. I think we, as bloggers, should follow some of those already established conventions.

    Typos in a comment don’t bother me. An ocassional typo in a blog post I can live with, but if a blog is littered with them I probably won’t read it. Same goes for short form or text message spelling. I can’t stand reading that stuff.

  26. AxeCityNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to edit the comment for the convenience of other readers, those with the edited comments shouldn’t feel any offend though.

    AxeCitys last blog post..Successful blog post ideas

  27. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    Very timely for me. I just realized that I published a post earlier today titled “Lima Bins”. I corrected it as soon as I realized my mistake, but I wasn’t happy about it.

    Comments are different than blog posts, though: I don’t mind typos in comments because I realize how fast people type.

    English is not my first language and I am always aware that my grammar could probably be better if I were raised here at the U.S.

    However, my Hebrew is probably way better than yours. πŸ˜‰

  28. Ellen WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I noticed sometimes I spell your name Barbera. I have to be careful. Oh yeah, everyone has their thing. I correct myself but not other people. I was thinking of that today and believe commenters can correct themselves with the email plugin I have.

    Ellen Wilsons last blog post..Crossing the Border

  29. Oooo…a post near and dear to my own heart. I am the daughter of an editor (well, that’s one of my dad’s many hats), so spelling mistakes and grammatical errors seem to leap off the page at me. I read and re-read my posts before hitting the save button. And then I read them again, and if I catch a spelling mistake–“how the heck did that slip by?”– I rush back into to make the correction and hit save again before someone discovers my error.

    However, I do not correct anyone’s typos in their comments to me. I am focusing on their content, and I am just so grateful to have them show up and talk to me in the first place! Like you pointed out, it’s a global audience, and from someone who is currently trying to learn a new language herself, I have the utmost respect for writing in a language that is not your own. Not to mention the fact that we are all such a gregarious lot, we want to visit on comment on as many sites as possible!

    Npe, I ain’t tuching anyone’s elses commentz!

    Urban Panthers last blog post..A big Panther roar!

  30. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Robin,

    LOL, I love your comment. It wasn’t until I started blogging that I realized how differently so many words are spelled. In years past I would have thought they were typos, not knowing the person was from a different country.

    Hi Scott,

    Yes, I gave that idea up, VERY quickly.

    Like you, I respect those who blog so well, and English is not their first language.

    Hi Al,

    If I make a typo or grammatical error in a published post, I will correct it. Even though is has gone live, if someone comes to my site, I prefer to have it right.

    Hi John,

    I’m very particular on our business correspondence, but when I’m commenting, I’m usually in such a hurry, I mess up.

    Yes, the plugin would be a great addition to your list.

    Hi Catherine,

    That’s very considerate of you to watch for typos in the comments of the freelancers. You’re right. Writing is their bread and butter.

    Hi Hunter,

    I don’t proofread comments anymore, but if someone transposes two letters, I might correct that.

    You are always great at spotting mine. πŸ˜†

    Hi Leanne

    I agree that typos in posts can decrease the author’s credibility. That holds true for not only political blogs but blogs that are written for reference purposes. When I’m researching online, if I find a website or blog that is full of typos or grammatical errors, I don’t rely on that information.

    Hi Sunil,

    As I mentioned earlier, I don’t edit comments anymore (except for an occasional correction).

    Yes, blogging is a lot of fun, but for those who are blogging to educate people or are building an online resume, proper wording is imperative.

    Hi Avani,

    I know the feeling. Time is of the essence.

    Hi Marelisa,

    Sometime we do have to take out words. I will either edit out swear words, or will “bleep” (with ***) them.

    Yes, posts filled with lots of typos is a definite reflection on the author.

    Hi Bamboo,

    Thank you!

    Hi Friar,

    Welcome to the BWAB community! I’ve seen you on Ellen’s blog.

    I can imagine when you do a lot of proofreading at work, when you enter blogosphere, you just want to relax and enjoy the process of blogging.

    πŸ˜† You’re the first to catch that one. I’ll have to fix it!

    Hi Irene,

    OMG, I can’t believe you used THAT example. I made that exact mistake on Ian Denny’s BUSINESS blog. You can read all about it in my post titled: I Can’t Believe I Said That It was humiliating, to say the least, but Ian chose to leave it up as it caused quite the “stir”. (and laughs)

    Hi Sara with an “h”,

    Like you, I welcome someone pointing out a typo to me. I will then fix it.

    Hi Ricardo,

    As of yet, I haven’t gotten any comments I don’t understand, although I have had some that I misunderstood. (Does that make sense?)

    Granted, we will get comments just for the sake of someone trying to build SEO. If it’s obvious, I mark those as “spam”.

    Hi MizFit,

    With blogs that are “selling”, and run AdSense, if words are misspelled, I wonder what ads AdSense will match with the incorrectly spelled content?

    I do agree, there is a huge difference between personal and professional blogs.

    As a potential buyer (on a “professional” blog), I expect the content to reflect the product. As a visitor to a personal type blog, I totally accept the author’s writing style.

    Hi Jay,

    That’s kind of you to work with the commenters who “correct” their mistakes in a second comment.

    I agree, changing the wording in a comment could totally change the meaning. With some, I know exactly what they’re trying to say, but others, I would only be guessing.

    Haha, Your casual “talk” sounds like how some of our friends speak. VERY casual, but a joy to listen to. πŸ™‚

    Hi Lance,

    It’s SO easy to make typos in our own work. That, and using the wrong word (that’s spelled correctly), and even spell checker doesn’t catch it.

    Hi Chase,

    I have a niece who emails me using texting language. I know she knows proper English, but she’s just learning emailing, so I’m assuming she thinks the two methods of communication are similar. For now, I think it’s cute.

    Hi AxeCity,

    I know I certainly would not be offended if someone fixed a typo of mine.

    Hi Vered,

    Haha! Your Hebrew would be miles better than mine, as I don’t know any Hebrew at all, let alone any other foreign language. I could probably count on two hands the number of words I know that aren’t English. But, don’t ask me to spell them. πŸ™‚

    Hi Ellen,

    I’ve noticed that (Barbera), but I don’t mind. I’ve been called worse. πŸ˜†

    Having a plugin for correcting errors, is probably the best way to go. That way, those that are concerned with their typos, can change them, but if they’re not, they can ignore them.

    Hi Urban Panther,

    I’m noticing we have a lot of bloggers in the BWAB community who are closely related to the writing “business”.

    Isn’t that amazing how we can read and reread, and still make mistakes?

    You’re right, most bloggers are racing to visit as many blogs as possible, so mistakes do happen.

    Hehe! I like your last line. It’s perfect! πŸ™‚

  31. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:


    You have an amazing sense of courtesy. The fact that you even consider such a topic, demonstrates it well.

    I too hate myself retrospectively for typos. And not just in my comments. So this add-in (which I should experience in a moment) is so welcome.

    One day, I’ll get my posts correct too!

    I must admit that I’ve had to on my company blog. The traffic is growing. And I’m getting spikes of increase which have made me consider the importance of detail like the odd spelling mistake.

    As you may remember, mine isn’t a traditional blog (are they now traditional?). It is a company blog, and the conventions of what you do in it differ (although there are lots of similarities).

    However, we’re seeing more business be generated from new clients rather than just traffic from passive existing client who read it, but don;t necessarily comment.

    So typos are something I am now considering far more actively.

    Ian Dennys last blog post..Is Your Small Business Missing This Vital Competitive Edge?

  32. I’ve always considered myself a stickler for typos, but lately I’m losing my edge . . . but I wouldn’t correct a commenter’s errors in any case – even if I knew how LOL!

    I do correct my own in my posts, even if I see something after I’ve published.

    Ann at One Bag Nations last blog post..Check it Out – I’m Swimming with the Sharks!

  33. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ian,

    Thank you!

    Yes, I do try to be courteous. I try to put myself in other people’s positions and treat them the way I’d like to be treated.

    Your business blog isn’t a “traditional” blog. It shows your clients more of your personality and ethics. For you, it has been a great combination.

    Hi Ann,

    LOL, “even if I knew how”.

    Knowing we’ll have returning visitors or new ones, I think it’s important to correct our typos in our published posts.

  34. Honestly, the thought never even occurred to me. (Oh crap–does that word have one r or two?)

    It’s not worth the time, in my opinion. If someone needs every word to spelled correctly, they can take the time and proofread. If they don’t, they won’t, and I’m not going to add it to my pile of stuff. I think my readers would be better served if my time was used elsewhere (in writing, researching, etc).

    I think it’s a cool courtesy that you were giving to readers, but most people are pretty forgiving of comment errors.

    Content errors, that’s another story. And whenever someone has contacted me to fix an error in their comment, I’m more than happy to do that.

    And now I’m totally paranoid about how many comments I’ve left around here and there! πŸ™‚

    Sara at On Simplicitys last blog post..Weekly Links: Barefoot Stroll

  35. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:


    You’re right. Using a blog-style approach is interesting in a business setting.

    I doubt you’ve had the chance to look, but our site has changed. I was fascinated to see the difference it made yesterday. We sponsor a weekly Chamber of commerce circular.

    And I alternate educational articles, and the odd one that has a promotional angle.

    Yesterday, I ignored the promotional side and instead just asked a question about “about us” pages and speculated that a non-professional approach may help develop relationships without the gloss.

    Already, we’ve had several significant enquiries from people who bought our non-professional approach.

    And bear in mind mind that the UK is rather more formal in business circles than I suspect the US is. It’s just encouraged me to be more personal.

    Ian Dennys last blog post..Is Your Small Business Missing This Vital Competitive Edge?

  36. Hey Barbara, that was hilarious! I used that example not because I saw your earlier post, but because I MADE the same mistake a couple of times myself, LOL! Ah well … we just need to learn to laugh at ourselves sometimes. I do love Dave’s sense of humor though. πŸ˜€

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  37. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sara,

    Like I said earlier, I’ve stopped that “courtesy”, although I’ll occasionally correct transposed letters. I think the plugin will be an added bonus to those who might want to review their comment quickly before submitting it.

    Don’t be paranoid. It is what it is. We all know mistakes happen.

    Hi Ian,

    No I haven’t been on your business blog for some time. I’ll come by soon and check it out.

    I think in business, as well as blogging, transparency is often preferred.

    Hi Irene,

    I’m glad you had a chance to read about the BIG boo-boo I made. At first I said, “OMG, I can’t believe I wrote that”, but after I saw Dave’s response, I felt better. Now I just laugh at it. Ian said he would delete the comment, but after I thought about it, I was okay with having it “public” (I typed that v-e-r-y carefully.) πŸ™‚

  38. It doesn’t bother me when there are errors in comments. As long as the point gets across it’s okay. I don’t mind it even in blog posts. John Chow makes mistakes all the time and that guy pulls down loads of money from his site. He never set his readers expectations for perfect grammar, so they just ignore it and pull out the stuff that will help them succeed online.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matterss last blog post..Ask the Readers – Redesign of Work Happy Now

  39. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    @ Vered and Barbara,

    I can read Hebrew from years of Hebrew school but am not fluent speaking it. Will have to visit Israel for that part. Was hoping to go this year, but won’t go far away while my Mom is still alive. Shalom!

  40. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I usually don’t mind spelling typos in comments so long I can catch the essence of what is being said. However, if I make a typo say in my article and I became aware of it, I will change it; even more so, if it is in my title or a keyword phrase.


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  41. Pat RNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb – I’m stopping by….and leaving a comment. Woohoo!! Haven’t been able to do much of that lately.

    With regard to typos and correcting them in the comments, I guess I never thought to do that. I didn’t know you could. There’s plenty of times, like you said, when I commented and after I hit the submit button I noticed an error.

    As far as it irritating me – nope. That’s part of being human. As much as we try to make this a perfect world, it isn’t and frankly I don’t think I’d want it that way.

    Happy to leave a few words. Good talking to you again.


  42. Great lesson! I am a doctor so I could care less about grammar or typos. I write mostly in acronyms and sentence fragments. I use writing for communication. Sometimes I think people get so hung up on grammar that they miss the whole point though. I have read enough blogs to know now that I am more interested in reading an interesting idea (that may not be so perfectly written) than a flowery flowing thing that lacks creativity.

    Dr. Nicole Sundenes last blog post..Getting β€œThe Big Diagnosis”

  43. I don’t mind typos from my commenters. I am harder on myself. English was one of my favorite subjects in school. I will write my articles by hand most of the time then transfer them to my blog. So I make corrections as I transfer the words. Then I print out a preview and read that and make more changes. I will still sometimes have a typo get by me.

    Now if it is one of those days where I didn’t intend to write an article until I get on the blog site and the words start flowing from my mind to my fingers then at least one of those steps gets skipped.

    If it is a really bad day where my fingers hit wrong buttons on the keyboard, the article will get published without me reading and correcting first. I hate it when I do that.

    Does anyone else have those nasty little gremlins who make their fingers move too fast and hit the wrong buttons before you are ready? I hate that my subscribers get to see those posts before I am finished with them. I go back and make any necessary changes and repost the article. Thank God it doesn’t happen as often as it once did. I am not a seasoned blogger. Most of my computer skills have been self-taught.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworkers last blog post..Healing And Letting Go Of Repressed Emotions

  44. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Karl,

    Most of the time I can tell what a person in trying to say, even if there are errors in their comments and/or post.

    Hi Linda,

    Israel would be a great place to visit. You’ll have to talk to Vered as that’s where she’s from.

    Hi Evelyn,

    Like you, I’ll fix my post errors. Although on my OM blog, I misspelled two people’s names and I continue to get hits based on the wrong spellings, so I’ve let them be. It’s mainly because the post is on autism and I have a lot of links to sites that are helpful to parents.

    With proper names, often visitors are unsure how to spell them.

    Hi Pat,

    It’s great to see you here again.

    With you having a blogspot blog (like Chase), he said you can only approve or disapprove comments, so editing them apparently isn’t an option. But like you said, you just let them be.

    Hi Dr. Nicole,

    I do agree that often a great idea can be ruined by a flowery article that takes forever to get to the point. Blogging seems to be changing the way we write as most visitors have a short attention span.

    Hi Patricia,

    I hear you. I am self taught too. My gremlins are often working overtime when I’m visiting other blogs and leaving comments. Oooops!

    Like you and many of the others, I’m a lot harder on myself (with regard to my typos).

  45. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    nope i don’t correct the typos in comments, first they make me laugh and they hide my own, lol, maybe. hey we’re human, we’re multitasking and often times are typing in a hurry, i just let it be.
    i do edit out of the curse words, very few. i have to put my edit comment plugin back….of course i have to play the code since i have my new blog theme. it is a nice thing to have just in case a user wants to change or correct what they have written. it’s like a get out of jail free card. hey i will try your plugin before i start coding. thanks. (i’ve edited this comment 3 times and not for the typos, but to add to it. πŸ™‚ )

    Naturals last blog post..Paper or Plastic?

  46. hyrcanNo Gravatar says:

    Hello world. I am your worst speller.

    No kidding, I am. The. worst.

    The only reason it’s not more apparent is because the computers I use have built in spell check in all the text boxes I use. So when I’ve spelled “definatly” incorrect yet again, the red line shows up… and I got back and retype it… definitely. Or I right click and bring up the cheat menu and let the computer do the work for me. Though, teacher and beat poet, Taylor Mali has gotten me better at spelling from his performance on YouTube of “What Teachers Make” and “The Impotence of Proofreading.”

    I certainly don’t think you should be correcting typos, that would take an insane amount of time to keep up at it. I’ve got other things to do besides correcting typos. Of course… that’s assuming I’d notice them.

    I am the worst.

    It doesn’t irritate me, because of my own short comings, and I know not everyone has english as native language.

    I do get irritated when people use txt-ing words or “|337” speak in long form writing. Unless they are doing it as a matter of style.

    Oh, and I also am a fan of being able to edit my own comments, even for a little while. I like having the option to correct my comment when I leave out a closing html tag, nothing more embarrassing than breaking a page because you forgot a / or completely left out a word.

  47. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    We should not correct other folks comments! Everyone does the best that they can at the moment! typos, mispellings, whatever is a fact of blogosphere so we just need to relax and enjoy the comments we get!

  48. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    This new plugin is soooo cool. I love it! I’ve never seen it before. I may have to take a closer look at this.

    I correct some comments, but I really don’t see that many that I need to correct.

    Jennifers last blog post..A Simple Formula with a Huge Life Impact

  49. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda,

    Your philosophy is like that of many others, leave the alone πŸ™‚

    Hi Jennifer,

    Glad you like the plugin, and hope it works for you. It’s easy to set up.

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