As my pal Ken says, “my people have no tradition of proofreading.” I write posts quickly. They’re not legal briefs, but blawg posts. I don’t proofread them. They have typos, and my editor, David, sends me corrections when he awakes from his drunken stupor. Until then, the typos remain.
I could spend my time proofreading, but I choose not to. I prefer instead to just write so that I can get the ideas out without fussing over the details. It’s not that I don’t care about typos, or that I wouldn’t prefer to correct them, but it’s the allocation of scarce resources: my time.
I appreciate it when people point them out to me so I can correct them, but when people leave comments about typos, it just burdens the comments with extraneous stuff. So, here’s the new deal: if you want to alert me to a typo, do so by any means you want, email, twit or comment. Please know that I appreciate your doing so.
But if by comment, I will no longer post the comment, which I’ve done in the past as an acknowledgement to the correction. While I appreciate it, the comment will be trashed after the typo is corrected and I will no longer acknowledge or thank you for the heads up. I do this so my comments section will be limited to substantive ideas and not filled with typo comments.
Thanks. Carry on.