Blogging Insights – Editing

Do you edit your work before posting it?
I typically edit a lot before posting, but that may have to change soon due to recent obligations. I miss blogging, and I may have to sacrifice editing in order to just get my ideas out.

Apart from correcting typos and spellings , how much (if any) of a post do you change before you send it out in the world?
I typically change a post quite a bit since I’ve had an audience. Interestingly, I hardly changed anything when I first started blogging!

Do you think that re-drafting a piece can “rob” it of its spontaneity?
Yes and no – Sometimes, I enjoy the candidness of a raw, first draft. However, a blogger can continue to be spontaneous as new ideas are integrated into a re-draft.

In response to:
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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Well said Sa.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you, Sadje! Ms.Tanya may have inspired me to write again in my pockets of time. 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome. That’s good to know.

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  2. veeds says:

    I edit quite a bit once I’ve got the piece more or less “settled” — as evidenced by the blog editing stat page that shows 30, 40 or more “edits.” Of course most of these are simply minor word fixes, punctuation adjusments….adjustments…and the occasional typo. These follow the old aerospace software coders’ mantra: “build a little, save a little.” The rationale is pretty good, especially when you’re dealing with HTML or other code: all it takes is one missing “” mark to turn the entire section into italics or boldface. With WordPress (like others) I’m not working with the source code much but there are lots of ways to screw up a page. So it’s a good idea to make a fix, save and inspect it as you go along.

    Now, later on, once the piece has been published I often find little quirks that I’d like to fuss with. And the beauty of blogging is that I can correct, fact-check and make minor stylistic improvements without having to post a “corrections” page like the old-school newspapers and magazines.

    But then, as a writer, writing teacher and editor I’m kinda fussy. (Maybe that’s why my friends won’t let me look at the menus in restaurants)

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Are you an aerospace software coder? 🙂 Debugging my own code has always been a test of my patience. I fix one problem, and another set of issues pop up in its place. I met a woman who retired from USAA and she told me all about those correction pages! It’s just fascinating to see how far technology has advanced. I’m grateful that WordPress exists though. I can’t imagine how much work it would take to build my website blog from scratch!

      I’ve been catching typos in the oddest of places. I watched this impressive demonstration of a cybersecurity tool only to catch them misspell expedite in their presentation. I feel like I’m turning into a nit-pick.

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  3. It was the other way round with me when I started out. I used to post just once a week after a lot of editing. Now I just check for typos

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Sounds like a lot less pressure that way! Thanks for sharing this question to ponder on and your thoughts!

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      1. I love reading the responses to my questions.
        I have learned a lot this way.
        Hope you get the time to blog despite other commitments. It is always interesting to go through your posts.

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  4. I’m lucky if I remember to post, so, nope: no editing. Just strings of thought and sometimes, it really shows! Just imagine what my writing would be like with editing …!!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      😀 Sounds so freeing! I’ve met a lot of writers here on WordPress who don’t edit a lot either. However, when it comes to officially publishing a book, they make sure an editor cleans up everything before hitting the presses!

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  5. rkrontheroad says:

    I’ve been a writer before becoming a blogger, so yes, editing is an integral part of the writing process. I make minor changes for several days before posting on the weekend.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      That sounds like a smart idea! After a night’s rest, I guess you catch new mistakes with a fresh pair of eyes. I remember my teacher once describing the process of writing: brainstorm, outline, draft, revise, edit, draft. repeat as necessary until the final draft. Now that I think of it, I wouldn’t be happy if my blog became my brain’s dumping ground for ideas. I think that’s what journals are for.

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      1. rkrontheroad says:

        It’s not just catching mistakes, I improve the writing, sometimes add other thoughts, or move things around to make it flow better. Good luck with your writing!

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        1. theresaly520 says:

          Thank you Ruth! 🙂 I appreciate your thoughts!

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