If you’re a blogger…

February 24th, 2007

…do you ever edit your posts after you’ve made them?

When I first started blogging, generic viagra viagra I heard that many people thought it was somehow illegitimate to change a post after the fact.

I quickly decided it was more important to me that a post said exactly what I meant for it to say even if that meant correcting spelling or changing a word or two after I had published it.

On the very few occasions that an edit actually changed the meaning of a post, buy viagra I have always indicated that I had made an edit.

I ran into a quote online tonight that reminded me that some people would frown on my modus operandi:

I always wrote with the idea that what I put out there is going to stay there. Once I publish something, it has been published. I’ve never deleted more than one or two posts from my site. I don’t think that there are takebacks. I don’t feel right about it.

Alison Headley, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006

So what do you guys think? What’s your practice? Does it matter? Is it better to preserve the “integrity” of the initial post or is it better to achieve clarity of meaning even if it means editing a post after the fact?

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  • 1. steveegg  |  February 24th, 2007 at 8:49 am

    I don’t have an editor to fix things for me, so I often edit. Most of the time, when I do edit, I do make a specific note of it. If it is simply for style (correct a typo/spelling/format error), I might not note it.

  • 2. Ally B  |  February 24th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I edit, if I feel as though an idea I wrote about was coming across unclearly or something like that.

    Or when I make embarassing typos (Nick has caught a few of those).

  • 3. Aaron  |  February 24th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I have something like a five minute rule.

  • 4. Mike  |  February 24th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I edit all the time. It’s my intellectual property so I can change it, delete it, make it dance the foxtrot, whatever. I rarely look at anything more than a day old because everyone moves on.

  • 5. buzz  |  February 24th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I edit all the time. I know I have a nice WYSIWYG editor on my blog software, but I just can’t seem to get it right until I see it on the site. Changing the wording or sentence structure or adding a thought are things I do to my posts on a regular basis. Do I change the overall meaning? Not really. Clarifications and typo-fixing and all that? Sure.

    And yeah, generally these edits happen within the first few minutes, it’s not like I change my posts a week later or anything.

  • 6. Billiam  |  February 24th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    I usually proof read it before I hit publish. Sometimes, I’m in a hurry, and publish without proofing it. Later, if I notice a mis-spelling, I’ll edit it. I’ll also add an update, if, say, I make a statement of fact that later is shown to be wrong. Then, I’ll add a correction. I don’t delete comments, though.

  • 7. Patrick  |  February 24th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I edit, usually for the typo that I catch just as I hit the Post button LOL. I also edit posts to make updates, I think they are easier to spot than if I post it as a comment as not every comment is read by everyone. Each update is noted with a bold Update headline.

    I have never changed a position or the meaning of a post, if I made a factual error, I post a correction as an update. To just change a post to deceive someone into believing that I took another position is, I believe, wrong.

    Good topic for discussion!

  • 8. Lance  |  February 25th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    I will, sometimes, if I realize that I could have said something more succinctly. I’ve got a kind of 5 minute rule, too – if I haven’t gone back and fixed something by the next day, I usually won’t.

    That’s just blog posts, though – I almost never change my columns. I figure I have to make sure it’s right the first time.

  • 9. Administrator  |  February 25th, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I think the folks who mentioned a “five-minute rule” have it pretty much right.

    Hell, how many posts stay relevant after five minutes anyway? ;)

  • 10. TC  |  February 26th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    If it’s an inconsequential edit (spelling or punctuation), I just change it and don’t worry about it. If it’s a change of information, I’ll put it in an update.

  • 11. Nick  |  February 28th, 2007 at 8:22 am

    If it’s a spelling or grammatical error, than I will edit whenever or wherever I see them. Sometimes I go back through a month’s worth of archives seeing what I wrote, notice something weeks after I saw it, and correct it. For those, I just silently make the fix. Sometimes I bang out a post so quickly, that it would be truly embarrassing if I didn’t fix them. Not that I don’t already embarrass myself enough.

    If it’s a fix to the actual content, then I follow the 5 minute rule. Anything after 5 minutes, and I post some sort of Update saying what I changed, or I don’t change it at all.

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