I write 5-7 blog posts per day, 5 days per week, for Glamour.com, where I’m the health and fitness blogger–a job I’ve loved for almost 3 years now! That totals up to a lot of words and, um, a lot of typos. Blogging is a bit more fast and furious than the article-writing I do for magazines, where you have the luxury of fact checkers, a zillion editors, copy editors, you name it. But, as bloggers know well, you do your best to get the spelling/grammar right, and you get the post up! As a result, well, sometimes accidents happen.
Take the time my editor at Glamour emailed me—fortunately with a bunch of smiley faces and good humor—to say that in a post where I’d mentioned the film “Legally Blond,” I’d somehow managed to call it … wait for this … “Legally Boned.”
Turns out, there’s actually a porn film by this name (my cheeks still burn red with embarrassment at the thought of this)—oops! But, the mistake was quickly fixed, and I think it actually got readers to laugh a little (always a healthy thing!). And on the Richter Scale of writing mistakes, it sure beats the time I wrote a feature about a legendary Northwest restaurant family for a regional magazine many years ago, and the story went to press with a mega mistake: I’d gotten one of the son’s names wrong. And not only was it wrong, it was out-in-left-field wrong—like Calvin instead of Dexter (the names didn’t even remotely sound the same. Um, Sarah?!) I still cringe.
I’d love to hear about your typos, grammar oops’, and other bloopers!
P.S. What’s worse than a writing “oops”? How about a voice mail oops! Or an email oops! True story: I once—accidentally sent my ex-boyfriend in college a flirty email meant for my new boyfriend by mistake. A very Freudian flub. I was mortified!