Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Spell check.

Here's a fun fact about me:  when I was in the fifth grade, I won my elementary school's spelling bee and got to go the regional spelling bee downtown. When you're 10 years old and a nerd for all things school, this is a big deal.

As former spelling bee champ and current professional writer, I cringed when I read a recent article from the BBC News about how spell check and other technology are ruining entire generations when it comes to spelling, or, as the writer phrases it, how technology has given birth to an "auto-correct generation."

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not claiming that I don't use spell check. In fact, I was recently complaining to my husband about how I don't like the way spell check has affected my own writing by making me rely less on my own abilities and more on the red or green squiggly line that pops up on my computer screen when I've made a mistake.

The problem isn't necessarily the use of spell check -- it's our (collective "our") growing inability to spell correctly or proof our own work without it.

I think these few sentences really hit the point home:
"Today's tough economic climate means that poor spelling on a CV is fatal, as it says that an individual cannot produce work to a given standard, no matter how highly qualified they might be. Language used by a company or person is a reflection of their attitude, capabilities and skill."
Poor spelling has superficial ramifications as well as personal and professional ramifications. It's one thing to misspell a word in a text message to your friend, but can anyone really afford to make an error on a resume or cover letter these days?

I don't think so. But is that just because I'm a bit of a writing/spelling/grammar snob? What do you think about this "auto-correct generation"?

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So, who would have thought that this whole getting-back-on-the-blogging-bandwagon thing would take some discipline? (Tongue-in-cheek question, by the way.)

I guess that like any other hobby, blogging takes some practice before it becomes habitual.

As such, today, the day after my birthday, I'm publicly declaring my intention to put in the extra effort required to do this thing. I already have several topics in mind for upcoming posts. And that's a start, right?

So now my not-so-tongue-in-cheek question to my bloggy friends is this:  how do you stay disciplined? Do you blog as thoughts/topics come to you, or do you schedule posts in advance? In general, what's your blogging strategy?

There is so much I can learn from you all. Note-taking starts now!

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