I’m the Queen of Typos.

If I can screw up a word, I will.

Erica used to suffer patiently through my brutal mangling of the English language in Yahoo! Messenger. I’d worry she would hurl curses at me the next time I wrote, “woah! greta wrok on yor glob!” Thankfully, she never did (and never would), but it had to be painful to read my words in real time.

Commenting on a blog allows time for re-reading before posting. Thus, one would think, I could correct all my typos prior to posting and come off as literate. This is not so, gentle reader. My eye will not see an error until I’ve hit ‘submit.’ The page will load in slow motion to record my mistake, as I repeatedly face-palm myself. You think a spell-checker is helpful? Not if you miss the ‘l’ in ‘public’ or apologize for being so busty. I’m thinking about pasting a header in each comment I make that reads “THIS POSTER IS MORE INTELLIGENT THAN HER WORDS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE.”

Another thing about comments is deciding what to say. For instance, I read a great blogger, daily. Entertaining and intelligent, the entries can flow from tear-jerking to hilarious. (Yes, I am talking about you.) I want to comment, but I have nothing to add. Thing is, I feel that not commenting after appreciating a good entry is almost rude. People spend time sharing their stories or thoughts on things, and typically do so in the hopes of some related discussion. If all I have to offer is ‘I read this entry and nodded a lot,’ the blogger may be disappointed. 

Sometimes, I have the opposite problem. A post can leave me with so much to say that I don’t know when to stop. I leave a 4 foot long stream-of-consciousness comment that no one should have to read, especially if I miss typos. I’m considering drawing a line in the comment field before I type and making it a personal rule not to type past it. For someone who hopes to make a living at writing someday, I’m not concise, I have no on-the-fly composition skills, and my inner editor is easily distracted.

These worries are what make me a great lurking judge. Silence is key when lurking. But not here on the hangout grid. This week, I’m coming over to your place and saying hello. Don’t be surprised if you see my comments looking like this:



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