POST IT AND FORGET ABOUT IT

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

LetterDear ActiveRain Technical Support:

Is there any way you can disable my Edit Button once I've posted my blog?  I can't seem to stop myself from making changes once I've already released my blog into cyberspace.  Thanks ... I could really use your help.

Signed,

Perfectionist in Dallas

Every time I post a blog, I almost always want a do-over!  The Edit Button is quickly becoming my new BFF.  It never fails -- as soon as I hit the Post Button, I immediately discover something I want to change.  Overlooked typo.  EDIT!  I don't like the way my title sounds.  EDIT!  I think the title would look better in all caps.  EDIT!  No, scratch that ... the title should be in upper and lower case instead.  EDIT!  EDIT! EDIT!  I'm developing Blogging OCD!  Maybe I need a Blogging Support Group?  Or, some other form of Blogging Intervention?  Well, I don't know exactly what I need ... but what I do know is that I need to stop!

EditHow do you post a blog and move on?  I'm sure it gets easier with more blogging experience.  Plus, when I really think about it -- making changes AFTER I’ve already posted my blog doesn’t actually change much at all.  It doesn’t move my post up from Page 17 to Page 1 of the Blog Roll.  It doesn’t get me the illustrious Gold Star on the Feature Page.  It doesn’t increase the number of comments I get.  The bottom line is … it doesn’t do anything except take time and energy away from writing my next blog!

AH HA!  Did I just answer my own question?  Regardless, I would love some feedback from seasoned (and unseasoned) bloggers about any "tricks of the trade," or any other methods which have helped you to become a better and more efficient blogger.  I'll even promise not to click Edit once I've posted this.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Carie - not me!  I would hate it if I could not go back in and catch a mistake!  But I DO know what you mean.  I need to learn to leave my alone also. 

Jan 13, 2012 07:58 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Very funny. I sometimes go back to fix a mispelling, rewrite a sentence or clarify a paragraph but not nearly as much as I used to when I first started.

Jan 13, 2012 08:01 AM #2
Rainer
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Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

I love the title of the post.

Jan 13, 2012 09:13 AM #3
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Barbara:  Like you, I'm relieved that I can catch and fix a mistake!  But, as you also said, I need to learn how to just leave 'em alone -- they don't all have to be perfect, right? :)

Jill:  Good to hear ... so there's hope for me? :)

Angelica:  Thanks, glad you liked it :)

Jan 13, 2012 01:47 PM #4
Rainer
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

They don't all have to be perfect, Carie ...but most of us want them as good as possible, just like everything else.  Aren't you happy you are not a painter?  Many artists have a hard time deciding when a painting or other work is "done". 

Jan 13, 2012 03:47 PM #5
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Marge:  If I were a painter, I'd be in big trouble :)  But, I like what you said ... they don't all have to be perfect -- just have to make them as good as possible.  Thanks!

Jan 14, 2012 03:34 AM #6
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I could never do without the edit button!! I end up writing the post, then i edit. then i copy paste.. then i put it in draft mode.. and then.. if i feel brave enough.. click.. its out there.. of course then i re read it a few times.. and realize what i could have or should have put in the blank box... It is me i put out there. When i was  younger I always thought that writing was one of the skills that i lacked in school. I would never thought that I would ever be able to do this. Yet, here I am. Make them what they are and then just say enough. That is all i have for the day. Next time i will write again, trying to improve .. and click again that edit buttom a few times too many.

Great post.. YOU do have a way with words!!

Jan 14, 2012 04:09 PM #7
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  Believe me ... my Edit Button gets a tremendous workout even before I hit the Post Button too!  But, as you said -- "make them what they are and then just say enough."  Good advice ... I like it :)

Jan 15, 2012 03:54 AM #8
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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None of us are perfect Carie and mistakes can sometimes make us more human.   If I catch a big goof I fix it, if it's not too big I let it go and move on.  We all do it differently in AR. 

Jan 17, 2012 06:36 AM #9
Rainer
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Don't I know it!  If mistakes make us human, then I'm about as human as they get :)  Letting go of the little "goofs" is definitely a good place to start.  Thanks!

Jan 17, 2012 07:05 AM #10
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