Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm not someone who believes in worrrying about strict spelling and grammar online. Much of what we write is transient, of the moment, and so long as it gets the sense across the additional time spent agonising over spelling and grammar would, or me, be better spent creating more content, answering more questions whatever. Spell checking is not a discipline which yields great benefits or the time spent. Maybe in official reports it is worthwhile, but for general material, emails and blog posts, time spent is disproportionate to the gain. I do try and correct typos as I write, but I'm not going to spend hours on it.

One area though where it does matter is people's name. I was embarassed yesterday to learn that I have always spelt one person's name wrong. *shame* I'll fix that. I know I get upset if people mispell Phizackerley - either with an 'f' or as Phizackerly. That last 'e' seems to catch people out.

The thing is, there are people who spell their surname as Phizackely. I bet there is even a Kate Phizackerly out there somewhere too! And I bet she doesn't want to be mistaken for me and more than I want to be mistaken for her!  The world is a small place. With people relying more and more on Google, spelling of names - of both people and places - is important so that information can be found. Google does a decent job of suggesting alternative spellings, but it's best not to rely on it. So, while I'm not going to worry about typos in running words like "but", "beautiful", etc which add little additional information, key words like names and other items which could be search keys are more important and it is worth getting those spot on.