My Broken Shift Key and Always Proofreading

Posted by / October 16, 2013 / 0 Comments


Image: Public Domain, Pixabay

Image: Public Domain, Pixabay

I’ve been trying to not get too annoyed lately as I have to keep dealing with my broken shift key. It went awry shortly after I got the keyboard, but since it’s the only issue and I absolutely adore this model of keyboard, I opted to deal with it rather than throwing a 99% good keyboard away and getting a new one.

The annoying part is the fact that I now have to proofread my work even more than I’m used to. Spotting missed capitals is harder for me than spotting mistyped words. “I” is a special pain in the rump to find. I actually had to figure out how to change the default document font in Google Drive so I’d have a font where the I has bars on the top and bottom, thereby making spotting lower case ones easier.

It bugs me a bit when Eric reads something I wrote and tells me that I have missed capitals. I sigh and edit them though, since I want them to be right. I’m usually quite good about proofreading my work, but now it takes extra time and effort. I suppose it’s just something I have to deal with though. This is a super low-profile keyboard, so I’m afraid I’d break it if I tried to get the shift key off to fix it.

This all does make me wonder about writers who don’t proofread their work. Whether you’re writing about puppies or nuclear physics, one would think you’d want to put your best foot forward. A post laden with typos doesn’t present the writer in a good light. When people read my work I want them to see that I’m intelligent and attentive to detail, not have them think I’m lazy and unintelligent.

We all make mistakes, and one or two typos in a piece can be overlooked, but I think it’s important to try to always do your best and really present your best self at all times. I even proofread my statuses and comments on FaceBook and kick myself when one makes it through with typos. Even though it’s a social network and a casual environment, I don’t see that as an excuse to be less than my best.

I wonder if I can train myself to use the shift key on the right side of the keyboard. I never use that one, so it won’t be broken. I’m trying it now and it’s weird, but maybe I could get used to it.

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