You’ve read and reread your work multiple times. You are positive your blog, letter, or resume is perfect. You publish your post or send off your letter.
And then you discover that you are wrong—right in the first sentence.
You aren’t alone. Proofreading your own work is difficult. Nick Stockton from WIRED wrote an article called “What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos." Stockton does a wonderful job of explaining “typo blindness” and how it happens. To sum it up, our brains are amazing; despite there being a mistake, rather than halt the process of translating the words into meaning, your brain just automatically fills in the information it knows is supposed to be there. However, that typo may trip up your readers whose brains don’t know what information to fill in.
There are ways to mitigate typo blindness while reading your own work. Stockton suggests changing up how the words look on a page (for instance, changing the font size or font face) will help trick your brain into thinking you’re reading new information.
Nevertheless, there is no substitute for hiring a copy editor and/or proofreader. If you’re ready to have your work looked over, contact me for a quote.