Dynamic as a Blog
Blogs are a very interesting writing medium because, in my opinion, they’re never actually finished. I don’t know if anyone has noticed yet, but I have a habit of re-editing my blogs even after they’ve been posted. Before the invention of blogs, you couldn’t do such a thing. You handed in a paper and that was that. You got your grade and you were done. Once you submitted an article to the New York Times, it was out of your hands, in hard paper form, for millions of people to see, whether you were happy with it or not. (At best you could get a note in the corrections section in the next printing if one of your facts were off, but no chance at re-working the piece.)
A good blogger posts fresh material often enough to keep her readership coming back, so there’s a pressure to put a new blog out there as soon as possible. But at the same time, the blog needs to be good enough to read because readers won’t return to see bad writing. (A fellow blogger recently explained to me that he doesn’t post his blogs very regularly because since he’s such a perfectionist, he never thinks his blogs are quite ready to let go of.)
If you think about it, blogging is sort of like living. You should think about what you do before you do it. You don’t want to put garbage out to the world with the choices you make. But at the same time, you can’t sit on your decisions forever, afraid to act, because the world wouldn’t progress that way.
Life should also be as dynamic as a blog in that if you already did something and saw it didn’t turn out as well as it could have, you need to get right in there and make it better. Don’t be embarrassed that you’ve already made a statement, taken a stand, performed a certain action that the world has seen. If what you’ve done needs correcting, don’t hesitate to re-edit. It’s the only way you can make your blogging and your living the best that they can be.
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