After more than 45 days of publishing a blog post every day I hope that you’re beginning to see less spelling mistakes! When I started my goal of daily blogging for a year, I knew that it wouldn’t be an easy thing to do, but I was never phased by it. I really believe that if we want to learn, grow and evolve that we have to put up with a small amount of discomfort.
The biggest challenge I’ve faced has been trying to keep the content that I publish free of typos. So far, I have identified three issues, or areas for improvement, that I’ve been actively working on to meet this goal:
1. Use my MacBook’s ‘Notes’ feature to type the blog post as it’s spell beck tool is way better than those used by the online publishing resources that I’ve been posting my blogs to.
2. I’ve cut down the number of places I publish to from 5 to 2 so that I can focus even more energy on quality control.
3. Returning to posts I’ve published to an hour or so after publishing with fresh ideas to double check my work.
I’ve also recognised that copying and pasting across platforms can sometimes introduce funny issues. So it’s super important to never assume that just because the original work was error free that you can just copy and paste it error free. It’s also important to look out for words that might have autocorrected to similar words that have completely different meanings.
Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that these autocorrections can be caused by both the computer one is using or the human brain, e.g. through not threw! It’s especially important to look out for the one’s caused by our brains because ‘spell check’ most probably won’t pick up on these…
The following observation maybe useful for you guys if you ever decide to publish to Medium. If you copy text from Medium, when in that platform’s ‘editing mode’, and paste it into a MacBook ‘Notes’ file then you can end up with an awful formatting mess. However, if you publish your Medium article first and then copy from that published state, you will be able to paste into ‘Notes’ without any issues.
The other peculiarity of the Medium editing tool is that while it does highlight spelling mistakes, the highlights disappear as soon as you start typing the next word. This isn’t so useful if you’re a fast typer or if you prefer, as I do, to get the full idea down before fixing any typos!
Thanks to those of you who’ve gone to the trouble of writing to me anytime that you’ve noticed any particularly horrendous typos or spelling mistakes! I want to take this opportunity to reassure you guys, and everybody else, that I really appreciate your patience and that I am, as alluded to above, actively working towards eliminating all future typos and spelling mistakes!
If you have any tips or tricks that could help me to achieve this goal faster then please let me know in the comments or else contact me directly here!