A brief story of being on both sides of a typo

Mistakes happen. No matter how many eyes are on a graphic, typos can slip through. On a recent Facebook post, I misspelled the word “breathing.” (Literally, an act I do all day long, I messed up the spelling.)

I made the graphic in Canva, which often doesn’t play nice with my Grammarly and Google Chrome spell checkers. Still, the typo was totally my fault. The crazy thing is this graphic was seen by my boss, my boss’ boss, the corgi’s owner (I sent it to her to get her permission to use Noodle’s photo) and my fiance Nate. Nobody caught the typo–except one of our Facebook fans.

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I noticed the mistake when I was reviewing the Facebook notifications. A woman named Tina had commented on the post correcting my mistake. My reaction was to treat this the same way I would in real life if I had mispronounced someone’s name right after meeting them. I own the mistake and apologize. So, I sent the woman a private message on Facebook to let her know I saw her comment, I admit I made the mistake and I’m sorry it happened.

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I privately messaged the person who commented about the typo. I wanted her to know I was aware of the mistake and embarrassed by it. I’m not perfect and I want to own up to that.

I’m not able to fix the graphic on Facebook without hiding or deleting the whole post. I don’t think the typo is bad enough to do that. I’m just mad and embarrassed at myself.


The irony of this all is that this scenario happened to me, with the roles reserved.

I noticed a typo in a HubSpot blog post this morning and tweeted about them to let them know.

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Can you find the typo in this text?
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I tried to politely tell HubSpot they had a typo in their article.

I have yet to hear back from HubSpot and they haven’t fixed their typo.

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