Spelling may be very important with content, and certainly where Google is concerned, but it shouldn’t be considered the be all and end all where blogs and tweets are concerned.
The odd spelling mistake is fine. It’s accepted. What isn’t accepted is when you make a spelling mistake and you receive dozens, or hundreds, of comments and messages deriding you for the mistake.
Especially when you are dyslexic.
This happened to TV presenter Holly Willoughby this past week. She posted news on Twitter of what she would be doing that day, and made one or two spelling errors. This prompted scores of messages criticising her spelling, to which she responded by announcing that she was dyslexic.
The original Tweet from Holly stated:
Morning, today we’re talking, teenage peregnancies! ‘How to be famouse’ with Pete Waterman and Sara Payne is talking about victim support. x
The critical messages that Holly received prompted to her reveal that she suffers from dyslexia, publically on Twitter. Holly responded:
Thankyou for flagging up my spelling, I am dyslexic, and don’t have time to spell check everything, you may just have to overlook it…
Holly isn’t the first celebrity to come under fire for her badly spelt Tweets and then reveal that she was dyslexic. Pukkah chef Jamie Oliver also received abuse from one Twitter user for his spelling, before responding with the message:
Get lost you idiot im dislexic and i cant spell so stick that in your pipe! its better than being smug.
This shows that whether your content is spelt properly or not, it’s the quality of the content that counts. Many of the top bloggers on the Internet, such as John Chow for example, make constant mistakes with their grammar and spelling.
It’s not how they say it, it’s what they say that’s important.