I received an interesting blog comment today from someone who works in Communications, offering a bit of advice on my content, specifically grammatical and spelling errors. The comment was both embarrassing as well as enlightening, because it underscored the fact that even though I created this blog to share our experience with family and friends, other people in the world are reading it -- and expecting it -- to carry quality consistent with professional journalism.
The blog has actually been an escape from work for me, and I often flew through my posts quickly without regard for quality -- which is totally unlike me, especially at work. I really didn't care if there were any typos or not because...THIS IS MY PERSONAL BLOG. Even the style of writing isn't on par with what my job demands. I have simply been capturing thoughts (almost verbatim) and experiences without thinking about sentence structure or word choice. That type of energy is best left dedicated to the book I've been writing and the few work projects I've tackled while living abroad.
At work, accuracy is my paramount concern. I detest mistakes. Now I wonder why my detail-oriented beast didn't rear its head whenever I worked on a personal blog post? I guess I figured my family and friends wouldn't care about the typos, nor would they judge the quality of my PROFESSIONAL work based on them.
Now I can't help but wonder what kind of person, a complete stranger, would take the time to collect 14 different typos in various posts in my blog, copy and paste them into one comment, and send me an anonymous post? Doesn't that seem like a whole lot of effort? I guess it's thoughtful, but who has got that kind of time on their hands or motivation?