I sat down to finally write a blog post and made the mistake of opening face book instead. A link to this three-year-old article was at the top of my feed: Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.
And I had to go and read it.
You might as well, too.
My 9th grade typing teacher, Miss Sweet, taught me to always put two spaces after a period. This is the very first time I have ever even heard of using only one. And I have to admit, although it makes a smidge of sense when you consider today’s fonts, it still feels like I am betraying Miss Sweet.
And my thumbs.
The truth is, after reading that article, I tried to type using only one space after a period. And I just can’t do it. My thumbs won’t have it any other way.
I type a sentence and there it is. Tap, tap.
Even when I think about it and try to stop it, my thumbs are too quick.
And it’s entirely counterproductive to backspace once you’ve double-tapped.
So, instead of writing a personal update, I’m sitting here trying to defend the way I’ve typed for decades.
So, I’ve come to a conclusion.
I’m going to keep right on using two spaces after a period. No matter who says what. Because I’m old-school.
And a little bit of a rebel.
And my thumbs can’t learn new tricks.
Are you a two-spacer or a one?
I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Just don’t try to convert me, lol!