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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Edited To Add



I grew up in a military household. My Dad used acronyms all the time. ETA meant 'estimated time of arrival'. Heh. These days we all know it really means 'Edited to Add'.

I'm not so much with the adding, but I'm always editing. Lord only knows what errors you may have found in my writing, but believe it or not, I edit and polish my writing before I click 'publish'.

I do. Really.

I h-o-n-e.

Lately I've been trying to write a couple of days ahead so I can go back before I publish and look at what I've written with a fresh eye. At least that's the theory.

Why am I explaining all this? Well, I'd like to ask you something. Do you go back and edit your posts after you've published them? If you find an error after publishing do you correct it or leave it? What if you are suddenly struck with inspiration and have a better way of saying something, do you 'ETA' or just fix it and not mention the correction or change?



If you've been reading my posts for any length of time, you already know what I do. I go back of course. I can't just leave a misspelled word or incorrect verb tense once I know it's there, can I? That would be sooooo way not right.


*sigh*

These are the kinds of posts that happen when I don't make my bed. I think too much...about misteaks misstaches mistakes.

THIS = GOOD



THIS = BAD

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16 Comments:

Blogger CindyS said...

I'd dive into either bed ;)

And I usually don't edit - I figure people already know I spelled it wrong and know what I really meant.

I edit to add - like a time change in my blog - I started this like 3 days ago and finally finished or something.

I hit spell check and then remember it doesn't like Canadian words and the rest? Meh.

I wrote a post about Heroes and how authors can write in a rut with them. I used to be able to state a theory and then prove it back in university days but today that's too much work and I'm not sure a 10000 word essay would be read. I try and keep things brief and don't take it too seriously but then that's me.

What works for you is what's important ;)

CindyS

1:06 AM PST  
Blogger lisabea said...

I'm a revisionist.I've had people ask me to take their comments out...when I change CONTENT I follow Bam's "Ed. NOte" in blue italics.

But spelling? Sure. I change it. It's my blog! I'll do what I like.


There are NO sheets on my bed right now...hm...

7:18 AM PST  
Blogger nath said...

LOL, it depends on my mood :) If I see a mistake that makes the sentence sounds weird, I go back... if it's a spelling mistake, I usually leave it.

I usually only put in edit note if I add something though.

9:27 AM PST  
Blogger nath said...

ps - I still haven't figured why most ppl make their beds LOL :P

9:28 AM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Cindy, the 'good' bed is a photo of my actual bed. The 'bad' photo is one I got online. The compulsion to tidy up and fix things, makes me crazy.

LB, you mean after someone comments they ask you to remove it? Weird that. Hmmm... Revisionist. Me likey, because it not only implies you can change something to suit your individual purpose, but it's tidy too. A two-fer.

Nath, I had to laugh. If only my mood had something to do with it. Lordy, I'd really be all over the map then. :D Oh, and you don't make your bed? Ever?

11:39 AM PST  
Blogger Renee said...

Yeah, I'm compulsive about that. I often write posts ahead of time, and will continue to edit till the last minute. Also, if I see a misspelling/typo after it's published, I'm unable to leave it.

The only time I'll add an "ETA" is if I add/change content.

It's good to know I'm know the only one who does it!

The bed, I don't care about so much. :-P

12:27 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Renee, whew! It does feel better when you know you aren't "the only one". I have bed making issues. My mother ruined me. I can't help myself. I feel better when I know my bed is made. It's a sickness.

12:41 PM PST  
Blogger JenB said...

I edit, but not compulsively. If I find a misspelling or a misused word, I'll change it. I don't note my changes. I just change them.

If I need to clarify something or add something to the post after several people have already commented, I'll usually italicize it and note that I've added new material.

And here's a dirty little secret...since I live in a one-bedroom townhouse and nobody but hubby and I ever see the bedroom, we never make the bed. Ever.

3:21 PM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'll go back and edit if I notice a spelling error.

For big changes I will put an ETA at the end of the post - usually when someone leaves a comment and corrects me about something I got wrong. The last time I *think* that happened was during the baseball playoffs last fall....when I got the AL Central shake-down bass-ackwards.

But other than those instances? I pretty much leave my blog posts alone.

3:22 PM PST  
Blogger Lori said...

I try so hard to proofread my posts, but I almost always find something misspelled (note: typoed) after I hit publish. It's usually immediately after I hit the publish button, too, which pisses me off. I do fix those.

I almost never make content changes, but if I do, I'll make a note of it.

4:40 PM PST  
Blogger Tracy said...

Grammatical and spelling errors I definitely go back and change...the rest? That's just me. :)

5:13 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Jen, such mental health you have. *sigh* So well adjusted. Never? Not ever? You never make your bed?

Wendy, ya know it's a good thing I like you because you know you're damn near perfect. You remember everything, you write clear, cogent, clean, (hey alliteration!) blog posts, AND have a cape. Yeah, see what I mean? Pretty damn intimidating. Do Super Librarians make their beds?

Lori, me too. I'm mostly correcting grammar. I rarely make content changes and usually point it out if I do.

Tracy, another one with mental health. I don't know if I can hang with all of you well balanced people. C'mon share a neuroses or two with me. I won't laugh and point. Really. It will be a comfort.

7:09 PM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

Super Librarian does not make her bed. I know - the horror! LOL

Only times I do are when I change the sheets or if I'm giving the Bat Cave a thorough cleaning because we have company coming over. Other than that...um, no.

7:42 PM PST  
Blogger CindyS said...

The made up one is yours?

Holy cow. Not even on a good day! I now feel the need to take a picture of my bed when it is made (on laundry day). After that, pillows are thrown at the headboard and the sheet and duvet cover are straightened. That's it.

But I'm lazy.

And I'm currently addicted to Word Twist on Facebook - how's that for a boggled brain. I'm one of those people who can start a game online and lose 4 hours without blinking. The good news is my addictions with online games go in spurts. I'm almost over WT. Almost.

CindyS

9:47 PM PST  
Blogger JenB said...

Nope, never make the bed. Used to when I lived in a place where people might see the bedroom, but not in this house. It's nice to have that one little thing that I can just "let go". :D

Shhhhh...don't tell. It's a secret.

8:40 AM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

SL, *sigh* I only wish I could do that. Speaking of which I need to scoot my caboose off here and go make my bed and get to work.

Cindy, I too go through addictions, and suddenly and unexpectedly come out of the cloud, blink my eyes and realize there's a whole world out there I've been away from. Even a really (really) good book can do that.

Jen, well using your logic my room is the first one down the hall and you have to go through it to get to the second bathroom. Therefore, I need to keep my bed made because people might see it! Right? Now I'm not neurotic, I'm practical.

6:52 AM PST  

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