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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Did I Type That?

Okay, you know you've done this.  You read a really good blog post.  You come up with the perfect insightful comment.  You type it in, do a preview check, and then hit Publish.

And you immediately see the error.

Argh!  How could you have missed that?  How embarrassing. Maybe it's a misspelled word.  Or a totally wrong word.  Or some strange punctuation you know you couldn't have typed.  But there it is.  Published.  With your name on it.

What do you do now?  You could delete your comment, but that will leave a "this message deleted by owner" notice - or something like that - which will be more obvious than your error.  You could leave a second message, i.e. "Ha ha, sorry, I'm all thumbs this morning."  Or you could just ignore it and let people think you're an idiot with ten thumbs.

Which do you do?  Is this covered in the bloggers' etiquette guide? Is there a bloggers' etiquette guide?  I think this is an important question (or at least a common one) and we need a consensus.

My current word count: 13,077

I'm currently enjoying: Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber (Yes, I know I switched books in mid-read but I've been waiting for this one.)

Groaner of the day:  The friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought this was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.

He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him.

So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop.

Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that:    Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.


Mason Canyon said...

My problem is I usually don't see that 'error' because when I re-read, I read for what I want to be there not what's really there. Now if I come back in 2 days, then I'll see the error. LOL. If you find a blogger etiquette guide, please let me know. Hope you have a wonderful and Happy Valentine's Day.

Thoughts in Progress

TK Richardson said...

I've done this so many times, too. I just pretend it's not there. Okay not really.:) I don't think it's so bad, though. We all have typos floating out there in the blogosphere.

Dru said...

you are not allowed to make me laugh out loud reading your groaner in my daytime situation. Stop that.

I've done that and depending on the typo/error, I'll add another comment or just let it go.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Mason - I always read what I meant to write when I look at it in Preview mode, but as soon as I hit Publish... Sometimes I swear I can hear it laughing at me.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

Linda Leszczuk said...

TK - I've managed to ignore a few but it just kills me not to back and "fix" it.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Sorry, Dru. I should warn you that my selection criteria for the groaners is it has to make me laugh. Not smile, not even quietly chuckle. It has to earn a laugh. So read them in "your daytime situation" at your own risk. *grin*

BTW, I missed your last comment on my Friday blog - my nose is getting better, thanks. Internal swelling is going down so I can breathe through it and I never get racoon eyes so it doesn't look bad at all. But my glasses resting on it feel like they weigh a ton.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I never know what to do either. If it’s obvious it’s a typo, I’ll just leave it. If I use the wrong word, I’ll leave a second comment correcting it.

Clever groaner.

Mary Vaughn said...

I let it go thinking no one will take it seriously because of the giggling guy next to it.

Liz Fichera said...

Friends don't let friends type comments with errors? Seriously,I figure the world will still turn if I inadvertently type "their" instead of "there."

Linda Leszczuk said...

Jane - that's what I try to do but having that typo sitting there makes my crazy.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Mary - Ah, good point. Of course, the old broad with the Boston Red Sox cap should do the same thing. *grin*

Linda Leszczuk said...

Liz - Nope, I'm pretty sure it will come to a screeching halt and it will be the end of life as we know it.

Maria Zannini said...

I saved this post because I wanted to comment on it as soon as I was resurrected. :)

If you correct the error, and someone has follow up comments sent to his email, he will see both comments. One will be in a different color.

I don't worry about typos as much as I used to, though occasionally I do feel compelled to correct them, if only to appease my evil inner editor.

Most people let them go--if they even notice them at all.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I fear my evil inner editor is very strict. I'm terrified to ignore her.

mattleszczuk said...

I neevr haev any prolbems with my psots. That is whta splel chekc is fro.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Matt - Which is why translating your e-mails is always an adventure