A Handy Formula You Should Never Follow…

How was your weekend? I got to do a bit of shopping this time, which was good (the store was fresh out, or never got, the protein bars they’d advertised for free–well, one free anyway–so I’ll have to wait).

The internet had a severe burp yesterday afternoon and went out for about 3-ish hours, but other than that, typical weekend stuff.

Let’s get to it.

Last night, after a test to determine if my laptop was still acting up (it is), I came across a post in a Facebook group I’m a member of about why nitpickers are a pain to have as customers. The post was actually about someone other than the poster, responding to an account of a typo in an email one of their customers received from them. The complaint seemed to center on professionalism, no one cares, and what-have-ya about why typos are bad.

There were all kinds of people in the comments talking about how one typo isn’t going to kill anything. and how people who nitpick about that kind of thing have something missing in their own lives (and even how cool it is to have someone else do the work for you, because they’re pointing out something you missed).

This was also mainly about shorter types of projects, which the poster pointed out (and someone else who mentioned that typos can make longer projects seem bumpy and confuse the reader).

As an editor and proofreader myself, I think the same way about things like this about professionalism and jazz like that. But there’s a point you eventually have to stop–and to me that’s crossing from being nice and genuinely concerned to crowing over someone else’s screw-ups just to lord it over them.

I still do editing, but for me personally, the parts I was adding together led to this result:

Editing/Proofreading + Near-Perfectionism = Insanity

I strive for excellence, sure, but sometimes that leads me to obsess, and that’s not good either.

Sometimes backing off is a good thing.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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