There are points to be made by all critics of English spelling: some say “the Queen’s English” is the only correct spelling; other say that English spelling should be simplified and completely standardized the world over; still others say that spelling should be fluid and changeable, and – when you get right down to it – it’s really not all that important in the grand universal scheme of things. The divisions seem to be fairly even, so whether you’re the sort of person that fixes misspelled words on public signs or the sort that doesn’t really care, you’ll find lots of other people in your camp.
The one thing that’s agreed upon is that spelling counts when it’s a matter of understanding. If the spelling is so far off that the reader can’t identify the word, then the writer has wasted a lot of time and effort. If the writer misspells a word and ends up using the wrong one, then the reader just gets confused. There’s also the fact that a misspelled word makes the author look uneducated and unknowledgeable, and so the reader dismisses the work as unworthy of their attention. While the process may be long and painful, it’s well worth the effort to learn appropriate English spelling.