Grammar Nazi as a perfectionist

When I looked at my own saved version of a recent blog post, I discovered I had omitted the second l from the word will. Omigosh! Did that get by me? Had I actually published that post with a typo included? I quickly accessed my blog. Whew, apparently, I had hit spell check before hitting publish.

Although my mini-essays are far from the most earth-shaking prose floating around in cyberspace, I like to think they are well written. Among other things, that means they should be free of grammar and spelling errors.

Why?

My background (just explaining, not bragging).

I have a B.A. in English, and I was an English/writing tutor during my last two semesters. I have had essays, articles, and anecdotal material published in Arizona, California, and Massachusetts (and have actually been paid for some of that work). I have been blogging, albeit sporadically, since somewhere around 2005. And, for several years, I was employed as an editor at an international brick and mortar organization.

And finally, I do have a proclivity for pointing out other people’s grammar and spelling mistakes.

So I think my posts really do have to be grammatically correct. Because of this, it seems to take me forever to complete a 250- to 500-word blog post. I’m always trying to find a better way to say something. I probably spend too much time revising and editing my own work. And I always seem to end up running way too many spell checks.

Do I always achieve my self-imposed standard of perfection? Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. And when I don’t, readers let me know about it.

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About WestWordArizona

Writer, editor, originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, now living in North San Diego County, California.
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