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Note 362 – Seeing human errors as learning opportunities

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The way I would I describe a human error is one that is made by a person rather than a computer (or similar); however, I’m not sure that’s the right definition. From my research today, there are many explanations of the expression human error. I like‘s definition which is “when a person makes a mistake on their own and not as a consequence of other factors” or “when a person causes an accident, breaks something or otherwise messes up”.

Making human errors

I made a small human error in an email I sent out at work today, but didn’t beat myself up about it. After all, I’m only human. Instead, I apologised, fixed it, learnt from it and then moved on (oh yes, and I am now blogging about it!). When life presents us with these little challenges, we must see them as ‘tests’ and realise that they can pop up in many different areas of our lives (not just in writing). We must also realise that these errors or tests nearly always carry learning opportunities with them.

Posting perfect posts

Wouldn’t it be great if every post that everyone posted was perfect and no one ever made a human error? Is it realistic though? After all we are all human. I think deep down people like to look out for errors in other people’s work, it gives them something constructive to comment about.

Being grateful for comments about errors

A couple of times I have had a comment left by a reader to say that they have spotted an error (thank you). My dad also reads my blogs every day and emails me if he sees something I need to change (not too often thankfully). I am always grateful.

As a writer, my aim is for my posts to be perfect; however, as a human being there’s a chance that something may slip past my attention. So, if you do spot a spelling, punctuation or grammar or any other factual error, please feel free to leave a comment as it not only perfects the posted posts, but gives me ideas for future topics. If I blog about my mistake, there’s a good chance I’ll help someone else avoid making the same one.

My question today is: Would you want someone to tell you if you have made a mistake in your blog post?

Until tomorrow…

4 days to go on My Writing Challenge…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


3 thoughts on “Note 362 – Seeing human errors as learning opportunities

  1. Hi Sandra

    I have been following your blog in the past few months and I really enjoy reading your blog. Since you are only 4 days to go on your writing challenge I thought I would write a quick note to let you know that you are amazing and doing a great job. Keep it up and I shall drop you another line in 4 days time with a big congratulatory message!
    You can do it!

    Posted by netmillions | April 26, 2012, 10:10 pm
  2. I know I make loads of errors in my blog posts, but it’s not me, it’s the blooming IPads poxy spellchecker lol

    I wouldn’t dream of pointing out an error to someone in their blog, I think it’s a touch anal to be honest. I’d probably be a bit taken aback if someone pointed one out in mine, and it would definitely give me a certain impression of them 😦


    Posted by Vikki (The View Outside) | April 27, 2012, 8:54 am

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