In the years I have been online I have composed many lists of all the important tools for working from home. Some of those tools get the greatest glory, because they are must-haves (internet), and some get honorable mentions, because they make life much easier (laptop vs desktop).
I'm sorry to say, that I have neglected to mention my one true friend. The one thing that keeps me from the brink of destruction, despair, and probably social isolation...
Its you, dearest backspace button.
Without you, my world would be a darker place.
A place filled with typos and words and I didn't mean to use.
A world brimming with accidental spaces, superflous punctuation, and strange symbols I didn't know I could create with a keyboard.
Without you, fabulous backspace button...I would have no filter between me and the things I almost say to the world at times.
You allow me the freedom to write exactly what I want to say, and the ability to erase it forever from my messages before they are actually sent.
Thanks to you, my spontaneous thoughts can safely leave my head, yet can never come back to bite me in the butt.
You are a safety net of sorts. A life preserver in a sea of sharks that probably (sometimes) deserve to hear what I so viciously erase.
Here are 15 reasons everyone who blogs or write's online should appreciate their backspace button:
Benefits of Using Your Backspace Button Daily
- Erases ugly typos
- Saves you from embarrassment (like when you accidentally use "bare" instead of "bear"
- Prevents you from sounding like a jerk
- Prevents you from rambling on and on for 5000 words when 500 would have done the job
- Stops you from getting into keyboard wars with people who have different opinions you'll never change.
- Stops you from pointing out stuff it's not your place to point out.
- Eradicates clunky sentences that didn't make much sense once you sobered up or got some sleep.
- Saves you from sending that embarrassing email to the wrong person.
- Rescues you from political arguments that could stretch into eternity
- Can delete awkward dialog, repetitive explanations, and boring scenery descriptions from your latest book.
- Helps you form coherent sentences when you are typing one handed or being jostled by children or pets who keep making you hit the H when you are aiming for the J.
- Allows you to appear much more cultured and diplomatic.
- Provides a last-chance window for fact-checking.
- Can minimize curse words
- Helps you fix whatever you typed while you were actually watching your favorite movie scene instead of the computer screen.
So, Backspace Button...
Thanks to your intervention, I have yet to tell any relatives the correct bodily orifice in which to stuff their political email rants.
I have never told any perpetually dissatisfied clients to step in front of a locomotive.
And I have not (yet) screamed at any of the people on Facebook (in capital letters) that they are probably the world's biggest idiot for believing (and my god, sharing) every single photoshopped meme and image that claims to be a fact.
That last one takes a lot of self-control at times, Backspace Button. You've been with me, you've seen some of the stuff that "shocks" or "amazes" people.
And bless you backspace button...you've prevented me from jumping on and creating equally ridiculous images and sharing them to the same people just to see if they would believe those too.
What more could I ask for in a friend? Friends don't let friends give in to the temptation to waste their time, right?
You don't just save me from undiplomatic social relations, either. You are there to help me compose business emails. You help me write messages of sympathy (even when I don't feel sympathetic at all).
You are right there reminding me that I could go back and make that last note a little more professional, or a little more...warm.
When I write, you try to help me find the right balance of words. We are not always a successful team, but we try. Oh boy, do we try.
Stick with me little friend. We still have miles of words before we sleep.
(The person who keeps poking you a million times a day.)