There’s a big difference between a typo and plain old bad writing!
Most of us are willing to overlook a true typo. What’s a true typo? In its simplest form, a true typo means a fumbling of the fingers, a press of the wrong letter on the keyboard. There are some common typos:
We also realize that from time to time you might put the apostrophe in the wrong spot. When it comes to possessives, sometimes we just type the wrong one – even when we know better!
But, as I stated above, there’s a VERY big difference between the occasional typo and poor writing. Poor writing displays itself in a variety of ways:
When we see a blogger repeatedly making the same mistake, be it using your when you’re is actually correct, we wonder if they are practicing the “second set of eyes rule” with their publication.
The second set of eyes rule is simple. Nothing gets published until a second set of eyes looks over the content and deems it suitable and correct. Longer or more complicated documents often benefit from two, three and even four sets if eyes.
Even if you’re a very strong and well versed writer, a second set of eyes can be of huge benefit. Heavy writing schedules sometimes mean we work on written projects in fits and spurts, saving them in draft format after each session. When you work on a document or a post for a long time you begin to see what you “believe to be” there, rather than what is actually in front of you. How often do you see a sentence that appears to be half formed, followed by a complete sentence that states the same thing but in a slightly different way? We see it all the time. What does it mean? It means the author was working in draft format and chose to change sentence structure and word choice, BUT forgot to delete the partial sentence.
Even when you rely on a second set of eyes the occasional error will slip through. But, as we stated above, true typos are apparent. Good readers recognize good writers and will overlook what is truly a one time, simple mistake. But they won’t forgive, and certainly won’t share, a poorly written article or document.
We’ll continue with this topic in a second installment. Hope you’ll stay tuned!