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Editing your blog entries

Posted 11-12-2007 at 07:46 AM by Doug Nelson
Updated 11-12-2007 at 08:02 AM by Doug Nelson (Added UPDATE: at bottom)

It's your blog. Edit it how you like.


Realize that bots are taking snapshots, and people are referring their friends. So if what they're interested in isn't here when they arrive, or has drastically changed, they probably won't ever come back might get confused. And remember, the key is more readers over time, not less.

I'm not talking about spelling or grammar corrections here, but substantive edits that change the meaning or expand upon the original copy.

Two techniques that I've come across that work when you just need to edit but still want the original text to be seen:
  • An "UPDATE:" entry at the bottom. This is good for when there's new developments, or if a comment has caused you to reevaluate your position. Or if you've just found some new stuff to share.
  • Strikout is the absolute best a really great way to indicated small but important changes, while still preserving the original copy.

UPDATE: A 3rd option is to use the editor's builtin "Reason for editing", but I personally feel this is weak and likely to be overlooked. Did you see mine up above? Plus each reason overwrites the previous one.
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  1. Old Comment
    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    Doug, how do I edit after I have posted my blog entry? How do I use the strikeover? I couldn't figure out how to edit after I had posted an entry and then noticed that I had made some errors, so I copied the entry, deleted it, and reposted a corrected version. I would rather be able to re-enter my posts and edit, but I haven't seen an "edit" button. What am I missing?
    Posted 11-13-2007 at 12:29 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Doug Nelson's Avatar
    It's the little pencil icon. Strikeout is the little ABC icon over on the right (assuming you're using the advanced editor).
    Posted 11-13-2007 at 12:39 AM by Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
  3. Old Comment
    CJ Swartz's Avatar

    Thank you, Doug!!

    Thank goodness, with your guidance (and a little bit of time), I finally saw the pencil icon and can EDIT! I cannot tell you how important it is to me to be able to edit anything that I write -- I am rarely willing to write anything anywhere unless I know that I can make changes. When I bought my 1st 2nd computer, it was mostly for word-processing so that I could easily edit my reports and memos at work (without the several bottles of white-out). The first time I did a cut-and-paste and reorganized a whole page without having to re-type sent shivers up my spine!

    So, again, many, many thank-yous! I've seen the strike-thru in blogs I've read and wanted to be able to do that also -- doesn't take much to make an old lady happy.
    Posted 11-13-2007 at 09:30 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline

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