I recently read an article about how to blog more efficiently. I need advice on this topic in a serious way. I see bloggers publishing new posts every day or two and wonder how on earth they can possibly do it! I am doing well to put out a new post every two weeks. The article suggested that bloggers not ‘over edit’. It had never occurred to me that over-editing was a thing. Editing is good. It is essential. How could it ever be overdone? Oh, right, when it cripples me from ever hitting the publish button because each time I am about to do it, I must reread the entire piece and tweak a couple of sentence structures or decide to change the entire thing to first person, after which I will definitely need to reread the entirety to be sure I didn’t miss something. So today I am vowing not to over edit. I am just going to type whatever comes to me and keep going. In fact, I will not reread anything I type except for the current sentence, and the one before it only after the baby (oh my gosh, I should probably quit calling my almost two-year-old a baby) and I have it out over her not being allowed to smash her fist into the keyboard. Yay! I win she decided the only logical alternative to hitting the keyboard is to cry herself to sleep on the floor!
Now, on to grammar policing. As a serial over editor of my own work, an English major, and nit-picky mother, I will literally try to click on and fix errors in other people’s blog posts when I see them. I frequently have to resist the urge to comment with grammar and spelling corrections for Facebook posts. I reply to my kids’ texts with the answer to their questions and an edited version of their original text if need be. Oh, I just caught myself starting to reread this paragraph! I am quite sure it is horribly rambling and babble-y. Anyway, I know most people are offended by grammar policing, so I generally am able to restrain myself from doing it to my friends and acquaintances on Facebook, but when a third-grade teacher used the wrong form of threw/through, let me tell you it required quite a lot of restraint. I also may still have an assignment sheet from my son’s English teacher who used the word ‘prescription’ in place of what should have been ‘subscription.’ Flat horrifying, isn’t it? However, I occasionally link to a blog post I wrote about grammar when I leave a comment for a blogger whose grammar and spelling is especially atrocious. I am suspicious most of them speak English as a second language, so I feel bad because, well, kudos to them, they speak two languages! My true intention is to be helpful, but I know most people will take offense no matter how delicately I try to put, “Your writing is barely intelligible!” The post is about a program called Grammarly. I am an avid user and an affiliate, and the whole point of affiliates is that a person gets paid for the part he or she played in helping someone find a product they want to buy and helping a seller find a customer, so I should get over feeling bad. The first question to my readers is, do you think it horribly uncouth to point a fellow blogger towards help you know they truly need if you are going to receive compensation for it?
I have checked through the suggestions from Grammarly and chosen to ignore any that pertain to sentence structure because fixing those definitely requires major editing that I vowed not to do. These are mostly ‘redundant words’ and ‘wordiness.’ Apparently, I have a natural inclination towards redundancy and wordiness. I did fix the regular typos such as writing ‘will’ twice and repeatedly not capitalizing ‘I’ because I need a new keyboard with a functioning shift button. With Grammarly it just takes one quick mouse click! So here is the second question for my readers: How did my experiment with not over-editing go? Part of me is hoping you will say, “Loved it! That was a lot of fun to read,” so that I can work towards convincing myself to hit that publish button a little sooner in the future. The other part of me is hoping you will say, “Holy Moses, please go back to editing, your incoherent rambling has stolen two minutes of my life I can never get back,” so that I can justify my over-editing, inefficient blogger self.
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I am the mother of seven children ranging from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. I aim to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out. I am Christian, but not the really nice kind that is good at it. I am also conservative, but I promise not to be in your face with political agendas very often. I like to infuse humor into my writing, so don't freak out if you are offended or appalled by what you read here. There is a very fine line between serious advice and sarcastic hyperbole.