I naturally like change and being in sales for going on 40 years, I’m quite accustomed to urging others to change and succeeding quite regularly. ¬†Change is good. ¬†Change is essential. ¬†I get it. ¬†I support it. ¬†Without change no progress occurs – ever.
That said, I draw the line at single spacing after periods. ¬†Damn it, I will continue to double space after periods. ¬†I don’t care that Word Press doesn’t like it sometimes mucking up my blog post formatting. ¬†I don’t care that I see and understand the impeccable logic of the single space. ¬†I don’t care the typesetting and printing industries agree that I am wrong; stubborn; resistant to change.
It all started with my grandpa’s typewriter. ¬†As a little kid, I was so impressed with how he used all ten fingers to bang out copy at amazing speed. ¬†The keys would fly and the clack, clack, clack was soooo cool. ¬†I remember wondering how I could build up my pinky finger strength to actually type a letter with them.
It continued under the tutelage of Mrs. ¬†Barnett, my 9th grade typing teacher. ¬†She insisted – insisted I say – that we all double tap the spacebar on our Underwood Touchmasters every time we hit that period key.¬† “Only an undereducated nincompoop single spaces after a period,” she’d remind us.
The habit strengthened markedly when my parents bought me that electric Smith-Corona when I went off to college. ¬†Not to mention the speed! ¬†Then I got a job selling computers for IBM. ¬†Selectric typewriters with those golf ball looking things everywhere! ¬†Some magnetic storage card equipped versions even. ¬†Some of them could store as much as eight thousand characters.
Then came the PC and proportional fonts. ¬†That ruined everything.
Don’t get me wrong. ¬†I love technology. ¬†I won a $5,000 suggestion award for implementing an e-mail-like application of VM/CMS in 1983 – before I or anyone else I knew had ever even heard the term “e-mail.”¬† (Bonus points for anyone who knows what VM/CMS is!)¬† I started my e-newsletter Think About It in 1999. ¬†I passed the 500 mark for LinkedIn connections years ago. ¬†Texting makes me more productive. ¬†I like Twitter because it’s useful and helps me sell more. ¬†And on and on.
I am not technophobic. ¬†But I am not giving up the after-period double space.
It’s my own little rebellion. ¬†It’s my expression of individuality. ¬†My thumbing of my nose at the next latest greatest techno tool. ¬†Besides, if I don’t resist change for something, my head will explode.
So go ahead. ¬†Feel free to pick your own, personal change to resist. ¬†It’ll make you feel better.