“Publish:” to press or not to press…

Write about what happens after you press “publish.” (Post No. 4 for WeGo Health’s National Health Blog Posting Month: 30 posts/30 days.)

I immediately re-read my freshly written post—and every single time the typos and awkward sentence structures and misspelled words I didn’t notice when I proofread before pressing “publish” leap off the page at me. Why didn’t I see that one? Am I blind? How could I have missed this? Humiliated, I go back and edit the post, fixing all the boo-boos and then re-publishing.

The real angst for me occurs as I write the post in the first place. I always wonder if what I’m writing, which is fascinating to me, is actually going to be deadly boring to my readers. Am I being too wordy? To melodramatic? Will that little attempt at humor fall flat? Am I being too whiney? Too pompous? Am I rambling? Will I offend someone? Will I put them to sleep?

One of the reasons I love blogging is that most of the time people leave a few words in reaction to what I’ve written. Many times I’ve been delighted to discover that they really liked what I wrote–and in fact, liked it far more than I expected they might.  And sometimes, a post that I thought just glowed earns no comments at all. Those can be a bit of a blow to the ol’ ego, but I like them anyway. They teach me to be more discerning. The posts that do the best comment-wise are the ones that seem to almost write themselves; paradoxically, they’re the ones that I have the least confidence in before I hit “publish.” Go figure.



3 thoughts on ““Publish:” to press or not to press…

  1. I can totally relate to all of this – finding mistakes after publishing wondering if what I’m writing is boring, and wondering why some of my favorite posts don’t receive any comments. But like you, I love each and every comment that is left.


  2. I agree. Proofreading, running spell-check, waiting and proofreading another day… it seems like there are always errors left no matter how diligently I search for them before clicking publish. It makes me overlook those things in other people’s blogs because I know how easily it can happen.

    Your writing is great, Wren. Sometimes I read and want to give some thought to what I’ll say in a comment, so leave the window open to come back to later. About the time I have three window for you and another three for Dr Synonymous, my computer re-boots itself and I give up. No comment sometimes means I couldn’t think of a reply worthy of the quality of your great post.


  3. I can totally relate to this too – and sometimes I think a post is a bit rubbish and people love it. I’m not going to say which one, but I wrote one that I thought was maybe a bit sententious and hubby hated (not that he said so, but I know him so well… ), and it got the most reads, and maybe the most comments, of any I’ve done!

    I always love reading yours though!


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