Blogging Insights: Editing


This week Dr Tanya asks about our editing habits.

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

Do you edit your work before posting it?

I most certainly do. My method of blogging is generally to get my thoughts down first and then refine them so I always edit.

Apart from correcting typos and spellings , how much (if any) of a post do you change before you send it out in the world?

I often add extra thoughts after I’ve written the original text or take some out if I think that the post is too long or I have got too far off track. I may even rearrange paragraphs to make the post more readable. I preview it several times to be sure I’m happy with the content and placement of pictures. Of course some posts, like this one, won’t need much editing but a longer one will.

Do you think that re-drafting a piece can “rob” it of its spontaneity?

No, not if it makes what I am trying to say clearer and more interesting.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

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