Sunday, May 9, 2010

Get it Write

Some interesting lessons came up today. The first one is that this one message right here is a post not a blog. I am sure many of you already knew that but somehow it escaped me. It's a good thing that I was doing more research on random things otherwise I would keep referring to each message as a bog. I would hate to drive away all my possible readers with such an amateurish mistake.

The other lesson is this: when I am proofreading my proposal, and something is niggling around in the back of head attempting to tell me that there is a mistake, than I should listen to the niggle. I used a sentence such as this: "I will do it write the first time." Do you see my mistake? Don't worry if you don't figure it out at first, I didn't see it until after I sent the proposal. Do you think they will get back to me right away?

This brings me to the dilemma of post editing. I asked myself, "Self, how many times should I go back to published posts and clean up my mistakes?" Is it misleading to my audience to keep going back and fixing things? Will they think they are losing their minds? Or just get fed up with me?

Some errors scream for attention (even though they were small enough to miss the first four times I looked at my blog). I bet looking at my own blog over and over seems a little, well, obsessive. It is a problem that should resolve itself as I get busier during the summer. And on a side note, to the people that I cajole into looking at this blog- it's only cuz I am so proud and a just a tiny bit self absorbed.

As always the goal is to get "it write the first time."

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