For starters, I’m terrible at proofreading my own work. For example, there was a typo in the introduction of my dissertation for several months before someone finally pointed it out to me so that I could correct it before it was submitted. I had gone over it so many times. How could I have missed it?
I don’t go back and read my masters thesis or doctoral dissertation because I know there are typos. Of course there are! They were very long documents–the longest things I’d ever written. If I consistently find typos in my short Facebook status updates, then there are going to be errors in these much longer documents.
There are also errors in this blog. I can reread and reread and sometimes I just don’t see it. I’ll admit that I could do a lot more proofreading than I do. But, the purpose of this blog is to keep writing. When someone points out a typo on this blog, I sort of want to stop writing on here. It’s ridiculous, I know. But, that’s what it’s like to be a writer, or an artist of any kind, I think–to silence the criticism and just keep going.
There are so many ways in which people are told to shut up. There are extensive memes on social media about what *not* to do when posting an update. Nobody wants to be *that* person who is over sharing or being an nuisance. At the same time, if I followed every rule on those lists, I probably wouldn’t have much left to say. These memes silence people, and I hate that. I also dislike when people are made fun of for their laugh, their singing ability, or their sneeze. These are natural vocalizations, and they are unique and individual, and they should be celebrated and accepted and not stifled.
I’m a writer by nature. I’ll keep writing here and elsewhere because that’s what I do. Trust me, there are many voices in my head that are way too critical and make me want to stop, and there are outside influences that make me want to stop writing too. But, in the end, I have to keep writing, even in the face of criticism and uncertainty.