Deep Thoughts, by Jack Henry... "What!! I posted that??"

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"Have you ever written a blog post and

thought -- my was I clever! 

 

 

But

upon publishing it you realized that

you broke many rules of polite

society and penmanship"

 

Yes, folks, we should revisit our blogs and edit edit edit.  (That's the little pencil logo at top right after your title.)

The words in your head that go through your fingers into a keyboard and into this white space don't always turn out as you originally wished.

We are proud of ourselves and can't wait to push that Publish button. Yes, I know.

But you should double check several aspects of your writing... and edit for the better...

 

I just wrote a piece originally entitled: "Avoiding the run-around...Battle of the Sexes: WHO is the Decision Maker??"

Well, I decided to reword it to:

Avoiding the run-around...Battle of the Wills: WHO is the Decision Maker??

I am a bit conventional, a traditionalist, but there is a new world out there...

The main takeaway today is to: increase the effectiveness of your message

 

TO DO:


1.  Check for spelling and syntax.  I see mistakes in my writing and others constantly. (cutting and pasting and other simple keystroke errors can create issues on AR's formatting even for font sizes and other issues)

2.  Add or replace photos to make your blog more attractive or amplify the meaning better.  Change graphics, add color.

3.  Rewrite and add additional information (I updated the hurricane forecast a few blogs ago)

4.  Revisit ALL your blogs and edit until perfect.  Your stuff is getting read all over the internet.  How would you like to be remembered??

5.  Check that you haven't committed any social faux-pas, that the meaning of your writing might be misconstrued even, and that the information was worth it now as it was then.

6.  Is your post cogent?  Don't be afraid to rewrite your content.  There are always second thoughts and other ideas you may feel, upon a second or third reading, that should have been added, deleted, or explained further.

7.  Reword your title: something a little more interesting, appropriate, catchy, or provocative even? (I rewrote the title of this blog!)

 

Wait, there's more...

Do you think your past comments are immune from editing?  Think again...

 

That's it for today.  I await other suggestions and observations.

(I edited this post at least 12 times already!!)

In the meanwhile: keep your thoughts fluid and interesting to others...

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Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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John Henry I did this about a month ago due to an AR challenge and WOW was it a challenge! Until that same challenge comes along I'm going to continue to post new material like a maniac... it's so much easier .

Aug 15, 2018 12:11 PM #1
Rainmaker
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Bob,

After reading what you just wrote I realize now that my blog may be a bit derivative but it was not done in that light.  Thanks.

Aug 15, 2018 01:03 PM #2
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Aug 16, 2018 01:51 AM #3
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning John.

I can't recall ever going back and re-writing a post.  English and math were my worse two subjects, in some respects they still are

Aug 16, 2018 02:08 AM #4
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi James,

I share your pain.  I learned to write by reading.  Dad gave me a small set of classics.  I don't know what a dangling participle is or how to deconstruct a sentence.  But after re-reading some of my stuff I think it could take a bit of tweaking.  Don't worry: I haven't seen anything in your writing with glaring errors. ha

Aug 16, 2018 03:26 AM #5
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I tend to avoid strong political statements or social faux pas and focus on what the point is.

Aug 16, 2018 04:00 PM #6
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
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Yes, good ideas Joe!  Focusing on the central message without annoying distractions should be the main strategy.  Thanks

Aug 17, 2018 04:12 AM #7
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yes, to all the above comments. When things slow down, we will be revisiting old posts and getting rid of an embarrassing moments. ;) 

Aug 17, 2018 07:13 AM #8
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John Henry, Florida Architect
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ah, the things we say and write...

thanks, Debb and Bernie

Aug 17, 2018 12:56 PM #9
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John Henry,

Words of wisdom in this post that we all need to heed. I worked on some during the challenge and realized how many more need to be edited and re-written! I'm going to work on this when things slow down..thanks for the reminder! Oh and I like the second title you re-wrote..excellent!

Aug 19, 2018 07:39 AM #10
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Dorie, yes, I seem to have reiterated some previous posts on this subject but was totally unintentional.  It occurred to me that we should rethink some of what we have written as exemplified by my Battle of the Wills retitle.  ha.

Thanks as always for commenting!

Aug 19, 2018 07:52 AM #11
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