I was recently reading Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity’s post about The Fear of Not Having a Post Queue, and it (once again) made me realize how random and disorganized my blogging really is. If I manage to have a post or two in my drafts, it’s a miracle. Most of the time, I write my posts on the fly and hit Publish thirty seconds after I’m finished with them.
For the most part, I’m fine with my haphazard blogging style. I’ve never been big on planning, and I often find that my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants methods give me flexibility. The only reading and blogging I ever schedule is for blog tours, and I’ll admit that I’m often finishing those books last minute (though I’m actually very conscientious about getting everything up on time—I’m disorganized, not irresponsible!). Still, at times like this, when I have a lot going on (editing, homeschooling, etc), it would be nice if I had a post or two in my back pocket. Maybe I should change my ways … Nah, probably not.
BUT one problem that I have noticed with my tendency to write and post in the spur of the moment is that I’ll often think of something that I meant to say (or that I should have said) AFTER I’ve hit the Publish button. On several occasions, I’ve even gone and added to a post after I’ve already posted it in order to clarify or say something that I forgot to say. (Or to, you know, fix an error, but that’s not really the type of changes I’m addressing here.)
I’m wondering, does anyone else do this? Do you see any problem with it? Let’s face it, it’s not like there are tons of people out there quoting me, so even if I change something, it doesn’t really affect anyone but me, right?
I mean, ideally, I’d write my post and then let it sit for a day or two so I could re-read it and re-evaluate, but I’m guessing I’m not going to change my ways anytime soon, so I guess this post is really just a warning … if you’re one of the first readers of my posts and you come back later, I can’t guarantee that the post will be exactly as you left it. What can I say, I like surprises.
Do you ever add to or change a post once you’ve published it or do you consider the post “untouchable” after you’ve hit the sacred Publish button? I want to know!
Okay, I’m done with this post now … time to hit Publish.
This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.