Friday, 22 January 2010

I Have To Confess...

I can't touch type. I can type quite fast and fairly accurately, but I can't touch type and I do make mistakes. Most of my blog posts are free from errors (I hope) because I concentrate on what I'm tyoing, I check as I go along, and I correct the mistakes. I'm a natural proo-freader too so I do tend to spot most of the typos and the times when I've hit 2 kets together or in the wrong order. Occasionally it's only later, when I re-read a post, that I notice something but I will then go back and chagne it. The fact that I usually notice these things is quite useful when The Doctor has writtne a book or article, because I proof-read them for him; also, I just like what I've written to be acurate!

But I do make mistakes when I'm writing or typing, Not often spelling mistakes, my spelling is pretty good, but occasionally I transpose letters or numbers, and when typing I do quite often hit the wrong key. In this post I've deliberately not gone back to correct the several mist-ypes that I've noticed along the ay, just so you can see what my blog would be like if I didn't edit as I went along!

And because I don't like leaving a post without a picture, here's Winnie the Pooh doing a spot of writing:


(with thanks to peacay on Flickr for the image)

I just love the Pooh Bear quotation "My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places." (A.A.Milne) The picture seems to go well with that and with the theme of my post - even if it isn't my spelling that's the problem!

Gosh, if you had any idea how hard it is for me to not go back and correct all those little typos.....

This post is part of an occasional series of confessions which will eventually become the basis of my I Have To Confess album.

19 comments:

Kim said...

I didn't start touch typing until long after the high school. I hated my typing class in high school.

Elizabeth said...

You're a much braver woman than me, I couldn't let a mistake go if I'd noticed it. Four touch typing classes at the local technical college were my reward from my parents after O Levels, though they didn't buy me a typewriter! It did come in useful for typing at university.

mise said...

Me too, though I wish I could touch type. It's just that I've never exerted myself to learn. I'm lightning-fast with three fingers, though, and I can't think any more quickly than that anyhow.

Heather said...

You crack me up Mel!! There's no way I could have left those typos even if it was to prove a point :( Great post & love Pooh Bear :)

Sian said...

Lol! I can't type with more than one finger really, so I shouldn't actually be laughing at all. I'm wondering what else might appear in this series now

Ruth said...

I can't type properly either, but I manage ... and I like spell check (but only if you know how the word is spelt correctly in the first place!).

Maria Ontiveros said...

I think my daughter would adore that Winnie the Pooh quote. It's very her! I loved the "I Confess" project. Will have to post mine some time. . . you're off to a great start.
Rinda

Liberty :) said...

Such a lovely post!

Jennifer Rose said...

I can touch type if I don't think of where my fingers are supposed to be, but once I start thinking, my typing and spelling just goes out the window :p

The Creative Beast said...

LOL!!! i LOVE this post!! i'm glad i'm not alone on this...

i learned "touch-typing" back in high school but i just can't seem to get my fingers to remember where each letter is on the darn keyboard!! i too have to go back on ALL my typing work for clean-up (whether for the office, or blogging) and i find it such a nuisance; my dear boyfriend commented recently that he thought my speed was really improving but i retorted that i'm really just making the same mistakes at twice the speed!! >=-\

thank goodness for spell check - it makes the corrections go much faster ;)

The Creative Beast said...

BTW: love, love, LOVE that image of Pooh and Christopher Robin writing away at the table...so sweet!

sharyncarlson said...

I am so the same way! But I wouldn't have the nerve to post without making the corrections. My typos just glare at me!

RachelB said...

I love this Mel, You always think of things to post that make me smile. I would LOVE to be able to touch type - not sure if the nails would allow it though.......

RachelB said...

Can't wait to see your 'I have to confess' project, I have this project waiting in my 'To scrap' pile along with several other little classes!

Vic said...

Hehehe... good post! Made me smile.

furrypig said...

Great idea! I too hate the mistakes and have to go through my posts and edit them all often several times! bet there are still errors though! AA Milne is very clever!

Cheryl said...

Mel you crack me up and make me smile just what I need, with reference to touch typing. I should be able to touch type as I got all my qualifications RSA etc but I still have to have a sneaky little peek lol

melody said...

you crack me up! love this post ~ and what a perfect quote and pic!

Karen said...

This really had me laughing, Mel. I learned to touch type in a business class my sophomore year in high school on a manual typewriter. That kind of experience tends to stay with you. I still have to proofread everything carefully, though. It's not hard to make an error. Perfect illustration for the post!