Last week I made a mistake that I tend to make fairly often. Instead of typing y o u ‘ r e I typed y o u r. Or maybe it was the other way around.
Of course, I did this in a post now properly titled 7 Signs You’re Really A Professional Writer. Then I sent out the newsletter with the mistake replicated.
It was the newsletter that caught people’s attention. That’s a good thing, I suppose. After all, catching your attention is the point of sending it. The goal, of course, is to get you to the site to read the articles, buy the ebooks, join the forum and click on an ad or two. That’s how I get paid.
I got a fair number of emails over that error. Most were cordial and made it clear they didn’t consider themselves error free. I think I replied to them all saying something like thanks.
I did point out to one I couldn’t call the newsletter back and to send a second one trying to ‘fix’ the error smacked of spam
One pointed to what they considered another error – I disagreed and cited my source.
Another pointed to my use of the informal who instead of the more correct whom when I tweet and say in the newsletter, who can I help and made it clear they don’t approve of informalisms like that.
But it seemed to me that the vast majority just didn’t want me to have too much egg on my face.
Although when I blow it and get an email pointed that out my first response is… well, less than kind, for the most part I appreciate your concern. Heck, I appreciate it all. I wouldn’t keep doing this if I didn’t.
What do you do when a blogger blows it?
Write well and often,