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How Not To Leave a Comment Part 2

August 23, 2010

Last week Kathy, from the Junk Drawer, got all kinds of media attention for her post about the loud Sun Chips bag. She made a video, months ago, about the bag and posted it on her site and YouTube.  After a little self promotion the story was picked up by The Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Today Show.  All the links are in the article on Tribal Blogs Kathy wrote today so I am not going to link to them here.

Being the smart woman she is, Kathy decided to strike while the iron was hot and submitted her story to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She told a few people and asked if we could support her efforts by commenting on her submission to The Daily Show.

I was stoked to find that I was the first one over there to leave a comment.

Kathy should have asked me to wait until some other people had left comments.

I pulled a Tuscan/Tucson on Kathy and spelled Jon Stewart wrong. I spelled it John Stewert.

Thankfully I learned from my mistake over at Nannygoatsinpanties and found the edit button right away and fixed it before anyone noticed.

However, I didn’t notice the mistake until after sending an email to Kathy with a quote of what I said.

This is what I wrote:

“I would love to see The Bag Lady interviewed by John Stewert. She doesn’t just know about Sun Chip bags she also has a bag stuck in a tree which she named, blogs about and throws birthday parties. This bag lady knows her bags.”

I can’t believe I spelled his name wrong! Fuck. Kathy I am so sorry.

Followed by:

Ha! There was an edit button. All is not lost.

Kathy responded with this:

You are so awesome. Thanks for that!!! They don’t seem to get a lot of comments there, so that’s gotta help. I wouldn’t know how to spell his name right either.

Kathy doesn’t show it but I know I have just given her a heart attack. I had only noticed that I spelled Stewart incorrectly, I hadn’t noticed that I also spelled Jon wrong. I couldn’t let it go, I had to comment on it.

OMFG I spelled Jon wrong too. I spelled it John. I fixed it but now it’s like the post at Margaret’s all over again. I feel like I must explain myself, make excuses for my inability to spell properly and I don’t have any excuses, both kids are out of the house (though one of Alex’s friends is still here). I could use the fire in the microwave but then I would have to explain that and we’d be here all night.

To which Kathy responded:

Oh you’re cracking me the hell up. Yes, it is like Margaret all over again. LMAO. Stop it!

So, before you go leaving comments all over the internet for your friend whom you are trying to help, make sure you proofread.

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  • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm, ah, Jen.

  • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    You make an excellent point, Jan.

  • Reply mrsblogalot August 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    LOL! I’m forever checking my spelling using google as my reference guide. (I sometimes wonder if Webster ever misses me) And somehow, I still manage slip under the spellcheck radar.

    It’s the system’s fault, clearly.

  • Reply joannmannix August 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I’m the worst when it comes to errors in my comments! Here’s the best one I ever did. I commented on some stranger’s site. I think it might have been her SITS day. She had this post about her wedding and something that went wrong at her reception. I don’t remember the details, I just remember I wanted to say something about how if that were me, I would have wanted to vomit. And I don’t know how I bungled it, but I did and I said something to the effect of her story made me want to vomit…on her. As soon as I read my comment after publishing it, I wanted to vomit. There was no edit or delete button, so I just tried to clarify myself in an additional comment. I never heard back from her. I’m sure she thought I was some Internet freak.

    • Reply JunkDrawer August 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      Oh dear oh dear oh dear. There’s almost no recovering from an error if you can’t make the first one go away. The internet remembers everything, too. I hate “no edit or delete” buttons. Throw us a bone people!

    • Reply redheadranting August 24, 2010 at 3:28 am

      I’m with Kathy, you can’t recover from that one. You just shouldn’t ever go back to her blog. Of course you can vomit on me whenever you want. I’m relaxed that way.

  • Reply Connie August 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    HAHA, you crack me up!

  • Reply JunkDrawer August 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t know why — you’ve given me no reason to do so — but almost every time I spell your name, I use two “n”s and have to remove one before I send you anything. Why? Why do I think you are a Jenn? Who even does that? Is any Jennifer ever a Jenn? What is wrong with me?

    • Reply babs (beetle) August 24, 2010 at 2:48 am

      Yes! Of Cabbages & Kings is Jenn. Probably where you remember it from.

      • Reply JunkDrawer August 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

        Yes! That’s where I’m getting it from! Oh, thank you . Now I’m not crazy!

  • Reply Pricilla August 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    this is why I love firefox. It gives me little red lines when I mistype. Although with names you just can plain screw up.
    It’s hard to type with hooves.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah August 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Im an awful speller to begin with. I have to proofread and spell check ALL of my comments! And I still usually end up with type-os!

  • Reply Linda Medrano August 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Jen, I can’t spell either. And I have this really tiny dictionary that is of no use at all. First, I can’t see it because the print is too small and my arms are not long enough. Secondly, if I don’t know how to spell it, how in the hell can I look it up? Why is Sarah Palin here?

    • Reply redheadranting August 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

      I use an online dictionary. I can make the font bigger.

  • Reply Nicky August 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Hahahahaahahahahaaha! Well, at least your intentions were good, even if your spelling wasn’t 🙂

  • Reply Anne August 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

    The intent was definitely there (even if the spelling wasn’t). I can’t imagine that Jon Stewart would hold your inability to spell against Kathy. Although he might be offended that you weren’t a fan.

    • Reply redheadranting August 24, 2010 at 3:24 am

      No, but he might have made fun of me on national television. Which wouldn’t be that bad I guess if he spelled my name right.

  • Reply Frogsinmyformula August 24, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I’m with Pricilla. I’d be lost without the red underline thingymabob.

  • Reply Marie August 24, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I spel lyk a cavman. lol

    But I would have gotten ‘Jon’ right, ’cause he is practically a neighbor!!! He lives here at Shore, not far from Bruce, both of them not far from me. Lots of sightings! It is good to live here. 😀

  • Reply babs (beetle) August 24, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I want an edit option on my blog, but how? That’s what I love about Kathy’s blog. I use it often!

    I remember you doing this before, but can’t remember where. It made me laugh though.

    • Reply cardiogirl August 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Babs, if you’re on WordPress you can use the ajax edit comments plugin.

      • Reply babs (beetle) August 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm

        Oh thanks, but I wonder if it works with Disqus.

  • Reply CatLadyLarew August 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Usually, my remorse is over stupid things I’ve written rather than stupid spelling… but I usually get a few spelling zingers in there too, just to top things off.

  • Reply Acadia August 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Thnaks for the tip.

  • Reply moooooog35 August 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Thaats gud avdice!

  • Reply SLColman August 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I wish all comments had the edit button! Would save so much grief!

  • Reply Mikewj August 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Excallant work, Jayne. Love your Sunday recaps!

  • Reply Katherine Murray August 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Love this… part two. Maybe I’ll tweet something by accident and have a “how not to tweet” part two as well. I wish I could edit my mouth ALL the time!

  • Reply Joy August 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    To err is human. We move on. Suggestion to all who err: just say ‘Oooops!’ Your time and talents are put to better use taking out a fresh sheet of paper and writing a new and hilarious post for us to comment on.

  • Reply James August 30, 2010 at 2:55 am

    hehe, i think i made the same mistake sometimes. yes you are right, always proofread before post.

    • Reply Onlinedegree August 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Proof, proof and then proof again. That is unless you are texting. Luv the post.

  • Reply Designer by Nature August 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    hehehe. I have done that before! Funny when you look back but NOT so funny when you are trying to network!!

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