I just learned last week that I’ve been wrong!
My entire existence feels like a lie.
I don’t know how I could possibly go on!
Should I relearn my ways?
Not bloody likely.
You see, I read this article about double spacing and realize that I have been an oblivious intentional delinquent of the double spacing non-rule. I have ALWAYS double spaced with my writing. I hate seeing my sentences written with just one space. The only place I do not double space is when tweeting because I cannot spare my 140 characters with spaces. A quick google search later and I have found many people asking the same question.
What is the proper spacing between sentences?
It is a known rule that you need to leave at least ONE space after a period. I know some style manuals are all about the single spacing rule but I never encountered much about normal sentences. I only ever used the style manuals when I had references and bibliographies to write for various essays and research papers. Otherwise, unless following some specific writing example, I will ALWAYS double space between sentences. Because… you may have noticed my writing style, I like to have spaces in unusual places.
Sometimes I’ll start over here…
Feel the thought progress over here…
And end it somewhere over here.
It’s just something I do.
I’m not really sure. I think I just hate seeing words cluttered together in a clump for a paragraph. For my blog, I like to think of it as more conversational. Many people know me and have commented that my blog has very much the same tone that I use when speaking.
I do this very intentionally.
I’m sure if I really tried I could break myself of the double spacing habit. It would require a lot of backspacing though. My thumb automatically hits the space bar twice when I finish a sentence. This would require more of a conscious effort on my part. Plus a lot more key pressing. Like I said… I press the space bar twice automatically between sentences. I have to literally stop my train of thought to go back that one space and try saying my sentence. This ruins my train of thought.
And uck, I just did it right now.
I see that last paragraph and I want to go back and insert all those extra spaces.
I have to stop myself from doing it. So I will just leave it as is and just keep double spacing. I don’t think I will “correct” my typing ways. I like the double spacing and since I no one but me writes on this blog… I don’t have to worry about someone going around correcting me.
Is this something people really notice?
Maybe it’s me but I’ve never paid close attention to spacing between sentences. I don’t notice it in all the articles or blogs I read.
Had anyone noticed it on my blog and been just too polite to point it out?