I have always been grateful to readers who, in emails or in the comments below, have pointed out typos, grammatical errors or even factual errors in my blog posts. By taking the time and making the effort to let me know (for nothing more than a thank you) they enable me to make corrections and improve the quality and readability of this blog.
Any comment or news site, whether it understands it (like I hope readers of eaves.ca feel) or not (think most newspapers), is a community. I may write on my blog, but so do many others – through comments and, not infrequently, email I receive. But typos, grammatical mistakes and factual errors are another way I get to have a conversation with readers and by which I hope they get to feel part of this community. It is what I think can help make blogs more fun, engaging, as well as grounded and more humble, than newspaper columns.
This process was revolutionized a little under a year ago when I installed the Goosegrade plugin. This plugin is amazing. It allows any registered Goosegrade user to suggest edits using a fairly slick and simple interface. On the back end, I get to see the original text and the edited text side by side and can simply press an “accept” or “decline” button to implement the edits. This “crowdsourcing” of the editing of my blog has been nothing short of a blessing. I try to blog 4 times a week (an aggressive pace, I feel) and I frequently must blog at late hours (it’s 2am right now) and so, I admit, I make mistakes. Sometimes lots of them. This of course makes those who offer corrections that much more important to me.
The really cool thing about Goosegrade is that it allows me to track both how many corrections have been made (I’m in the 100’s now), and by who! So I wanted to take this moment to say thank you, and send some link love to those who have made numerous corrections.
I do, however, want to send a special thank you to Silly Gwailo, who has submitted over 82 edits (patches) to my blog. I’m very, grateful for your help. Thank you so much. You, and everyone who submit edits, have helped make eaves.ca better.