Proofreading. It’s not my specialty.

Hello there friends,

I’ve done it again, my last blog I misspelled the title (it’s fixed now!). I kind of feel jinxed because I’d like everyone to know that I really do know how to spell correctly. Honst I do.

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I’m a published writer, a professional blogger, and spend a lot of time in fromt of a keyboard working on my websites and blogs. Why is it that after I write a page or two, read it 3 times, I can still may typo mistaks?

According to an atricle I read on “Wired”:

The reason typos get through isn’t because we’re stupid or careless, it’s because what we’re doing is actually very smart, explains psychologist Tom Stafford, who studies typos of the University of Sheffield in the UK. “When you’re writing, you’re trying to convey meaning. It’s a very high level task,” he said.

As with all high level tasks, your brain generalizes simple, component parts (like turning letters into words and words into sentences) so it can focus on more complex tasks (like combining sentences into complex ideas). “We don’t catch every detail, we’re not like computers or NSA databases,” said Stafford. “Rather, we take in sensory information and combine it with what we expect, and we extract meaning.” When we’re reading other peoples’ work, this helps us arrive at meaning faster by using less brain power. When we’re proof reading our own work, we know the meaning we want to convey. Because we expect that meaning to be there, it’s easier for us to miss when parts (or all) of it are absent. The reason we don’t see our own typos is because what we see on the screen is competing with the version that exists in our heads.”

So please give me a break. When I missepll something it’s a commonly known “problem” that writers can have. I only humon!

All kidding aside, I’ll try to do a better job a proofreading my own work. You’d think that after thousands of blogs, thousands of written pages, hundreds of articles, a million or so emails, press releases, and a WHOLE book, I’d have a better grip on my ability to see typos. Nope, this is still just regular old Ryan clopping away at the keyboard. Only time will tell.

Have a great day…how many typos did you see in this blog? The answer is 8. Well, that’s how many I can see 😉

Ryan

The Holiday Season is Upon Us. Really?

Good morning fellow shoppers,

I was reading my daily news and came across an article titled “Retailers aim to win over consumer wallets this holiday season”.

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Wow the talk of the Holiday Season is already here and as a consumer myself, I’m slightly nervous that retailers are aiming to win over my wallet. I mean, this is MY wallet. Will I fall for the gimmicks? Probably…

Let the countdown begin. While Halloween festivities don’t kick off until this weekend, retailers around the country are already planning for holiday shopping, with Christmas a mere eight weeks away. REMINDER: Don’t wait until the last minute!

According to the article, Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slock has an optimistic outlook on spending. In a note Monday, Slock said he expects the holiday season to be strong for retailers, based on a Gallup survey from earlier this month, which showed that consumers intend to spend an average of $812 on gifts this holiday season, the highest level since 2007 at $909.

Ok, so if I want to average the rest of the country, I need to come up with $812 extra dollars in the next 8 weeks. That seems tough when I open my precious wallet and see $43 in it 😉 Maybe this is a year that I’ll make “home made” gifts! Time to get crafty!

Well, I’m sure that the Arter Household will have a fine Holiday Season; I’m even already planning my Thanksgiving menu that starts with a request for French Toast in the morning. More on my famous French Toast later…

I’ll be back soon, but don’t forget that cooler temperatures and Holiday Cheers are just around the corner; it was kind of a shocker when I let it sink in this morning!

Take care, Ryan

Mission:Possible.

Our Mission, which we have chosen to accept!

When we take a mail-in repair from one of our customers across the country, the process becomes simple and we will typically email the customer shipping instructions on how to get their device into us.

Many customers opt to use our pre-paid shipping labels that are filled out and very simple to use. Others like to ship devices into us on their own and some add their own creative touches.

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In this case, out customer addressed us as “Mission Possible”. I love it!!

Now I’ve been called a lot of names over the years, but this is one of them that I like 😉

Mission:Possible at Mission:Repair. We are here for your electronics repair needs and have been since 2008. Yes, we take mail-in repairs from all over the country (and even Canada!) for customers that aren’t close to a Mission Repair Store. It’s been our specialty…and we are coming in our busy time of the year, so we are hoping for another blow-out end-of-the-year holiday season.

Thanks again for reading, I’ll be back right here in the blog much more today. I feel some writers creativity starting to flow!

Take care, Ryan