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.