Earlier today, a comment was left on the post “Should I Reach Out To My Ex’s Estranged Wife?” that said this: “Wendy, she has a husband and you said ‘boyfriend.’ I really think that needs to be fixed… are you not proofreading these?”
I replied to that comment:
I usually proofread each column about four times. Twice on the day that I write it and twice on the day that I post it. I’m running this site by myself — currently without any income from it at all (though, of course I hope that changes in the near future). I read a large volume of emails each day; I brainstorm ideas for posts; I respond to emails that I don’t publish; and I do a host of other things behind the scenes that you probably aren’t aware of. I’ve also had some pretty major things pop up in my personal life in the last couple of weeks that have demanded an enormous amount of my attention and energy. I’m sorry if there’s occasionally a typo that I miss, and while I really appreciate it being brought to my attention so I can fix it, I wish it could be done in a way that is not so RUDE.
My point is this: I know I could use a copy editor, but that’s an expense I can’t afford right now, especially considering I have yet to make one cent from this site. As soon as I do start making a little money, hiring some help is at the top of my priority list. In the meantime, I genuinely appreciate people politely bringing to my attention typos or other errors that I can quickly fix (either in the comments or privately by email). I can tell the difference between someone being helpful and someone just being snarky, and if you fall into the latter camp, just STFU. You’re messing up the vibe around here.