Back in February in my post ‘Of course, … a course’, I wrote about occasionally making mistakes in my posts usual related to grammar errors. I read, re-read and proof read my posts and still some grammar errors slip pass. I have also used a correctly spelled word but used it incorrectly within a sentence. For instance I found a few times after I published a post, I found an error in which I meant to use the word ‘life’, but instead I wrote ‘live’.
I write my posts in Microsoft Office Word therefore it will catch my spelling errors and I will correct those.
As with the post written above mentioned grammar slipups and the occasionally incorrect used word, I am okay with my writing – because it is me.
I use the latest version of Microsoft Office Word; it is 2016 and is updated by Microsoft when they roll out their updates, usually once a month. I recently noticed Word now provides me suggestions to my sentence structure. It will use red dots under a combination of words to suggest I could use one word instead. For instance when you read the last sentence of this post replace ‘have to’ with ‘must’ or ‘should’. Word also uses double blue lines under words suggesting a comma should follow. If you were to view my posts in Word, it appears I do not use enough commas in my sentences. Yes I understand Word is trying to help.
Now for spell check – thank you, it is not that I necessarily do not know how to spell, it really is that my typing skills are not as they use to be.
I loved the big keyboards and with my past laptops, I would have a wireless keyboard and mouse and would also have a big screen plugged in. That was my usual way to work on my computer. But remember, last year we downsized and now living in an RV, there is less space. No big screen plugged into my laptop and no wireless big keyboard and mouse. Now I work off my smaller laptop keyboard and touchscreen. I like the touchscreen, that does make my life a bit easier, but the small keyboard, not so much. I make more mistakes in my spelling because I am hitting the wrong key and yes sometimes I do incorrectly spell a word. Once again, thank you Word for catching those.
Back to my red dots and double blue lines, does it really matter?
Yes, I know some educators will tell me it does, but I am not a professional writer and am not writing for a professional outlet. This is my personal blog, and I should be allowed to use words that come from me and not use commas where Word thinks I should use them. If I updated the word suggestions and used all those commas, I feel it would take away from me, my personality and my writing.
I guess I just have to get use to seeing more red dots and double blue lines.