Editing is Like Popcorn . . .


. . . It’s hard to know when to stop!

I have never considered myself to have OCD, but I am a little obsessive about my posts.

I do my best to edit and “perfect” a post before I publish it.  But, then I will re-visit it and decide something would sound better this way, or I think of a picture that would look good there, or something else suddenly occurs to me that I should have told you about, so I add a pararaph about that.

So, I frequently edit my posts multiple times after they have been posted.  Luckily, I don’t think most people read a post the second time, so I don’t think anyone notices.

But, because each of my posts is really a “work in progress,” here’s a little suggestion. Don’t ever tell someone, “Go to Sandra’s post and read the last sentence in the third paragraph — it made me laugh out loud!”  Because there’s a good chance that that sentence has been changed.  Or, that that paragraph has been moved, and the last sentence in the third paragraph may now be about someone’s dog dying or something equally sad, and your friend will think you are totally insensitive, not to mention, just a little bit weird!

Okay.  Here’s my post about editing.  But, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back later to edit it.

Edit #1:  How could I have not even mentioned typos?!! I am shocked at how often I re-read a post and find mis-spellings and transposed letters, and with amazing frequency, letters just left off the end of words, like I got tired of typing the word and just quit!! 

Edit #2:  And, I have given up trying to correct my grammar.  If there are any English teachers who read my blog, I’m sure they see all kinds of mistakes in that regard.  That’s why I love the idea of “poetic license.”  I like to think of my errors as adding character and uniqueness — as Dr. H would say, “my own voice.”

20 Responses to Editing is Like Popcorn . . .

  1. Beth says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who edits posts multiple times after publishing them! I’ve often wished I could edit comments too. I re-read my comments and find spleling erors. 🙂

  2. Hilary says:

    LOL at Beth’s last sentence. 😉 And I can, because she can’t go back and edit her “spleling.” But yes, I do go back and edit my posts ALL the time and STILL find errors. And feel embarrassed. But such is life. At least in print we can go back and make corrections. Much harder when words are blurted out of our mouths.

  3. Sandra says:

    Well, Beth and Hilary, I’M GLAD to hear that you both do this too! I really did wonder if I was the only one who did it.

    Beth — I agree totally about comments. Sometimes I cringe when I read a comment I’ve left, but there’s nothing I can do about it! Oh well, that’s me, for better or worse!

    Hilary — How true, your observation about the written word versus the spoken word. IF ONLY I could go back and edit some conversations I’ve had that have altered relationships forever. I’ve always said my personal mode of communication is, “In my head — out my mouth.” That self-observation usually gets a laugh when I say it, but it is true. And has gotten me into hot water many times during my life.

  4. Your last sentence cracked me up. (Or it was the last sentence when I read it…things could change!)

  5. Pam says:

    I wish there was a way to edit comments.

    So, when you read other peoples blogs, do you wish you could edit them?

    Drives me nuts when I write a post a night, then publish it and go back to read it and see a very bad mistake, isnt that just the worse, but I am sure when you do your editing you make sure you dont have one rather lengthy run on sentence, why, I like commas more than I do periods, I mean what woman LIKES periods, so therefore, I have one long sentence, lots of commas, but, I guess it is time to end it, so thus comes the period.


  6. Schafner says:

    Dear Blogger,

    I am no longer in denial, I am utterly OCD when it comes to editing my posts, or anything else for that matter.

    Are you an editor? If so, then you understand how editing becomes an obsession. No longer can I watch the news, read a newspaper, or even enjoy a good book without looking for errors within the content. The agony!

    I do have some quick questions for you (or any other person) concerning blogs, for I am extremely new to blogging (two days new, in fact).

    1) Do you have any tips on how to make my content more accessible to the public?
    2) How can I create a blog design as aesthetically pleasing as this one?
    3) Will you read my blog? (Asked in a pathetic, begging-like voice.)



  7. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Tab. I always go for the laugh. 🙂

    Pam — I can honestly say that mistakes in other’s blogs have to be reallly frequent and obvious for me to notice them. I get caught up in what they are saying, and it keeps me from noticing the mechanics of the post.

    Hey, don’t be cracking on long, meandering sentences! They’re kind of my trademark! I see them as “complex” and “meaty.” 🙂

    Schafner —

    Dear Needy New Blogger,

    Your “pathetic, begging-like voice” has touched my blogging heart, and I have gone to your new blog and left probably the longest comment ever written in the history of blogging and told you everything I know about blogging! That will teach you to ask ME! 🙂

    Good luck.

  8. C. Beth says:

    Hilary–I’m glad my last sentence made you laugh! The errors (notice there are two) were intinshunal. 😉

  9. Sandra says:

    Beth — That shows what a not so great proofreader I am! I had to read your comment several times before I saw the other error! 🙂

  10. Lyndsay says:

    LOL, I do the exact same thing. I’ll proof it, post, read it again, edit, re-post, re-edit. I am not sure why, but I am obsessive about it.

    Awhile back Angie (from Bring the Rain) said that she made a decision to not edit any post after she posted it b/c she suffered from doing the same thing and beating herself up over it. I’m not quite able to take that approach, but it has merit!!!

  11. Sandra says:

    Lyndsay — Your friend, Angie, has more self-control that I do! I don’t think I would be able to sleep, if I knew there was a mistake and I didn’t correct it!

  12. I’m the same way (except I rarely edit after I publish). I edit my posts so often, I think I actually make them worst with each edit.

  13. Mrs4444 says:

    I haven’t noticed any grammatical errors on your blog, and I can relate to catching mistakes (caught one on my own blog today, when I was at work and unable to fix it!) Coincidentally, I wrote a spelling tip on my Friday Fragments post for this week: lose vs. loose. 🙂

  14. Schafner says:

    Blogger — You’re awesome. ‘Nough said.

    Thanks for the AMAZING tips; they should work out very nicely. And to everyone else who wants to add to your blogging skills, visit my blog and review Sandra’s comments; they are extremely helpful. (By NO means am I trying to prothelitize for my own blog 😉 … hehe)

  15. Sandra says:

    Daddy Forever — I do that sometimes too. Like putting too much salt in soup — it gets away from me and beyond repair. Then I just deleted it, and start again.

    Mrs4444 — I am glad to hear that, as a teacher, you don’t read my blog to your students as an example of the English language gone wrong!

    Re. spelling errors, words like lose and loose and their and there are such tough ones to catch! I’ll be sure to go see your tip. Now can you PLEASE write a tip about effect and affect so that I will finally understand the difference? 🙂

    Schafner — I suddenly have an ache in both shoulders. Hey, wait a minute. I think it’s from you standing on them in an effort to gain readers! 🙂 It’s okay, kid. I hope it helps. I hope some of my readers do go over and see what you have to say. You’re interesting. “Needy” but interesting. 🙂

  16. Schafner says:

    Bleh, it’s only the fact that I haven’t figured out how to translate sarcasm (my favorite type of humor) from mouth to paper. It sometimes comes off completely different when it’s in text form, sorry!

    As for your tip about “affect” and “effect.” “Affect” is a verb, and “effect” is a noun.

    For example, your tips have affected my blogging skills. Or, your tips have had a nice effect on my blogging skills. See the difference? Hope that helps.

  17. Schafner says:

    Alas, I tried to use HTML code to make my sentence more informative, but of course I messed it all up.

    Darn not being able to go back and edit my editing!

  18. Linda says:

    Okay, I couldn’t resist getting in on the discussion of “affect” and “effect.” Schafner was right as far as he went, but “effect” can also be a verb, meaning “to put into effect,” as in “I took your advice and effected some changes in my blogging style.”

  19. Sandra says:

    See why I have trouble with effect and affect? It’s not straight-forward, black and white. So, I have a solution. I just avoid using both. 🙂

  20. Schafner says:

    Not to beat a dead horse here, but “effect” is still almost always (95%) a noun, and “affect” is still almost (95%) always a verb. Only under rare circumstances can the rules change for each word.

    As a matter of fact, in common usage, if you follow the “verb/noun” rule, you’ll more than likely be shootin 99.9% in correct usage. You can do it Sandra!

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