"Have you ever written a blog post and
thought -- my was I clever!
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:
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
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...