I see you’ve snuck by the front door, gliding in undercover, accompanied by my other good friend, fatigue. Fatigue, however, knew it had overstayed its welcome and has since departed. I’m sad to say that it appears you have taken up residence for the duration.
I don’t much like you, Mr. Apathy. You have taken most of the joy from my life. In fact, I quantified all the things I *do* care about and it’s three things:
Otherwise, the world could cave in and I would careth not. You watch me from your comfy chair and I guess you should feel pretty satisfied with yourself. You and I have only ever made the briefest of acquaintences but now we are roommates. I cannot yet figure out how to make you leave and every day I slide a bit more into your comfort, warm like a lover’s body under the sheets. Soon it will feel like we are one and the same.
Please note: Rant ahead (so what else is new?):
I read some guy’s blog today and he had some terribly egregious spelling errors in there (“loose” instead of “lose” and “taters” instead of “tatters” and that was just in the first paragraph). I dunno. I argue with H about this all the time. If you are going to write, at the very least, please attempt to spell words correctly. I agree that there is an enormous variation in content and more power to you. That’s the beauty of the internet. But if you are attempting to put your thoughts out there for the world to see, please use spellcheck or else ask someone to read your material over.
Most people learn how to spell correctly by their reading material. The more they see “I need to loose some weight” instead of lose, the more it looks normal to them and they will start using it. Thus, it propagates on and on. If you are going to convey your thoughts in writing, take the three seconds necessary and review it for spelling and coherence. Otherwise, what’s the point? H says I am too critical and I should just let people write what they want. FEH and double FEH, I say. Spell it right. It takes just a few seconds and you look like you have half a clue. It’s a win-win for everyone.
(BTW, I left a snarky comment on the blog. I think I was in a bad mood (yeah, that sounds like a good excuse – bad mood. Yeah.))
(/rant for the day)
Back to work tomorrow. I. just. cannot. wait.
I always compose my blog entries in a word processor, then copy and paste it over. This finds obvious misspellings. I am a terrible editor though and sometimes I miss obvious gramatical errors, as does Word. But I try! I agree that blogs are a written medium and if you can’t take the time to communicate well and coherently don’t even bother.
Okay, I couldn’t resist putting my two cents in here about the spelling issue. The reason dictionaries were invented and language was standardized was because of the mess that ensued when people spelled words any way they damn well pleased. Trust me, we DON’T want to go back there.
As you correctly imply, virtually anyone who can post a blog has access to a spell checker. So even if their internal one is broken, there is little excuse not to spell check. Sloth has no place where the written language is concerned, unless you want that part of your character shining out there (and there are those of us who do take note and penalize your reputation appropriately).
I stand with you in drawing the line in the sand. Good spelling and grammar are indispensable parts of clear and effective communication.
Uh twinnie, I do believe the handwriting is on the old Effexor wall. Mr. Apathy is really Old Bastard Depression in better clothes.
What are you waiting for??? I miss my happy-goofy-savvy twinnie. Where on earth did you leave her and can you please tell her to get her tiny ass BACK into my life NOW!!!
I hate it when people write things like “looser” too. Looser? LOOSER? You can’t really insult people by calling them a loser when you can’t spell it! Yesterday I was at Target and they had a bunch of decades CDs with the numbers written like 80’s and Christine and I were explaining to mom how it should be ’80s. Well, maybe we are a *little* critical. ;)