The The Impotence of Proofreading

Yes, the title of this post is intentional. Watch the video to see why. If you are a publisher, an editor, or an author, this is a must-see video. Hilarious!

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  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Ole, Michael, you tooth the somber off this mourning.

    He is rife. There is not subterfuge for self-proof-teething.

  • WindmillDuke

    Am I the first brave sole to spike up to say that was constructional, if a wee bit raw? Writning my first proposal this mourning, following Hyatt download, of curse. The post fierced me to take a brake, give out a lafgh, and remember to take priffing serially.

  • Steve

    Wow. That was brave to post that. But I laughed hysterectomy. Spanks for sharing.

  • http://fghart.wordpress.com Fran

    It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. I'm not without the occasional typo so I can't really cast aspersions but there are some that just leave me exhausted. I consider my proofreading skills a blessing…and a curse. I'm also a "bed-spiller" but I admit it and use the readily available reference material to overcome this impediment. That and spell-check. But there are definitely those mistakes that get by spill-checker as I "sit in front of the computer scream with my hand over the mouth". Their! I two descended into the pit of humorous airers. Thanks for touching on a subject near and dear to my hearth.

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    Oh, how I wish I could share this with my stud nets! (Butt I knead two re-mane im-ployed!

  • http://www.reformed-health.com Mischelle007

    This is great. It reminds me of a Victor Borge skit.  A little on the seedy side, but funny.

  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    Too raw for me, and unnecessarily so. It could have been dun cleanly, but by the time I was halfway through the video, I realized he had worked and making it raw. I was looking forward to a humorous approach to a subject this former English teacher holds dear, but I am disappointed; it is not one I will share with my friends.

    • Vicki Small

      Dang. I thought about using “dun” and rejected the idea, because I was too tired to do some of the kinds of mistakes I have seen–and, too often, made. Shows how much power the subconscious mind has over my fingers! I should’ve…um…proofread.

    • Pip and the Zombies

      I agree.  Same with his “What do teachers make” poem.  He’s talented enough, he ought to be able to make clean poems that teachers could actually use.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Love Taylor Mali!

  • http://nancyjcommunications.blogspot.com Nancy J.

    Not long ago I recorded my first video with a webcam. I am laughing as I listen to this. I had one word that I stumbled over. Wondered where in the world did this word come from that came out of my mouth, that I stumbled over 3 times.  Thinking of using a few of my bloopers and bring them together as one. It helps those of us who make the mistakes, realize others make them too!

  • Victoria York

    No kidding: I’m a freelance editor/proofreader for T. Nelson, and I ran across this video while double-checking a footnote regarding a poem you’d included in a blog post. Awesome.