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 About.com‘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?
4 days to go on My Writing Challenge…
- Note 284 – Have you got a secret blog editor? (mywritingnotebook.com)