I really gotta proofread these things better

My apologies, Gentle Readers. I know that this ‘blog’ thing is a casual format, and I use many colloquialisms and contractions which aren’t accepted as formal written communication, but I promise you that I will never descend into ‘texting’ or ‘l33tsp33k’, using numbers for letters and mispunctuating all over the place for the sake of being hip and/or cool.

But I have noticed that in the past couple of posts I’ve written, I’ve made some confusing errors in paragraph structure and misspellings. In the Christmas gift post, I’d written that my mother’s gift of a transistor radio had changed my “lift.” I don’t have a lift, never have had. It’s always been stairs for me in all my houses. I had intended to write that it changed my “life” and I have since corrected that. I also didn’t make a very smooth transition in explaining my enjoyment of self-hypnosis through visual stimulation, so I corrected that, as well.

I do have to make certain that I am proofreading my stream-of-consciousness blathering more carefully. Ensuring that each paragraph contains properly-spelled words and complete sentences guarantees that I am communicating clearly with you, my Wonderful Readers. Whoever you are. All three of you. (Jes and Rick, I’m including you guys in this, because I know you’re reading my blog, but there must be someone else out there who’s stumbled upon this site at least once. I’m ever-hopeful.)

I know that Jes (she writes here) dislikes ‘texting’ speak just as much as I do, because she also is a stickler for accuracy and correctness. It’s important to use standard, correctly-spelled and punctuated English in your written communications to ensure that everyone can understand what you’re trying to say. If you’re NOT trying to write so that all English-speakers can understand you, then by all means, use whatever contractions and esoteric spellings you’d like. Let’s say, for instance that you’ve created a secret club, with a secret language which only club members can understand, and all club communications are written in this secret language to keep them secret. THAT’S called CODE, and in that context it’s fine. But you must also be able to use standard English with appropriate punctuation and sentence structure when you’re applying for a job, filling out an application for a loan or to applying to a college. Being misunderstood when you’re asking someone to give you a job or a car loan would be disappointing.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect when I wield the English language. Far from it. But I’ll try to be clearer when I write, if you, Dear Readers, just keep being who you are.

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