This morning, I awoke to the type of email that always ruins my day. Someone replying to an email I wrote to correct my grammar.
When I write a blog post or send an email to my list, it’s because I have something that I want to say. I’m an incredibly passionate person, and when I’ve got something on my mind, I can barely keep the words in. I write because I believe my words can make a difference.
And when I write, I write as a person. Because that’s what I am. One person.
And when I write, I write as though I’m writing to a friend. Because that’s how I think of my readers. Even if I can’t connect with each of you directly, I try to write in a way that feels like I can. I like to write as if I’m talking directly to you, because I hope that I can.
That said, because I am one person who gets excited about her ideas and wants to get them to you as quickly as possible, occasionally, you might find a typo.
I’m human. It happens. I do my best to go through, re-read, and double check what I’ve written. But as one very excited person, sometimes I miss things.
I’m one person, and it’s not possible for me to hire a copy editor for every email and blog post. I’m not the Huffington Post, and I’m not trying to be. (Though I’m sure they, even with lots of editors, make the occasional mistake too.)
I think most of you reading this are willing to forgive me a little. I hope you’ll understand that when I have a little grammatical error, it’s not because I don’t understand grammar. (I was an A student in English, thank you very much.) It’s because in my enthusiasm to share with you, sometimes my fingers can’t keep up with my brain. Sometimes, despite all my best efforts, things fall through the cracks.
I hope that most of you reading this know that what I’m trying to share, what I’m trying to do, is more important than a little typo or grammatical slip here or there.
But if you can’t overlook that, then perhaps I’m not the right fit for you. If the only way that you’ll ever take me seriously or want to work with me is if I am 100% perfect all the time, then maybe it’s time we part ways.
I am not perfect 100% of the time (because no one is), and frankly, I’m not bothered by that. But if that’s important to you, it’s time to move on.
But if you’re willing to forgive an occasional (and believe me, unintentional) slip of grammar, I’d love to keep sharing with you.
And I just want you to know how much your support means to me. Thanks for understanding that the message is the most important thing.