While I make an effort with my writing here on the blog, I am not a natural wordsmith.
I have a very large document on my PC (290 pages / 72,510 words as of a minute ago) that contains all my blog notes. There are post ideas, game play notes, rule change notes, and a very large number of draft posts, most of which won’t ever see the light of day.
I will often draft and redraft a post multiple times across a couple of days. If it reaches a solid enough state I make an effort to finish it off. When I am finally happy enough with it I will read it out aloud (or more often quietly under my breath) to try and pick up any last mistakes. I will then cut and paste the entry into WordPress, where I will add any media, ensure the links are configured, and do one more read. When happy with all that I will hit publish, then immediately read the uploaded post. After, I remove the post from my document, and finally do one last check read when the post happens into my RSS Reader.
I don’t do this because I love to read what I write. In part I take care because obvious spelling and grammatical mistakes distract from whatever message you are trying to convey. In part it is because I take a bit of pride in my work. In part it relates to those Anxieties I mentioned in my last post, not wanting to embarrass myself too much I guess.
Despite my care, I can not tell you how often I find obvious mistakes after I have published a post! Tonight one of them was using the term peripherals instead of peripheries in the last post.
Some days however, I will see an obvious mistake after I have published a post and think – fuck it – the mistake stays.
I am not sure how many mistakes will be in this post – it went straight into WordPress. To amuse myself I won’t correct any after I hit publish.
(Also, I won’t post any more today.. not sure what came over me.)