Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fumble Fingers

If you are not a blogger, this will be new to you.  If you are, then it has probably already happened to you.

When writing a post, you are presented with two choices:
  • Save - as a draft for more work later, or
  • Publish - to the world
You know what I'm going to say, don't you?  If you hit the wrong button, your incomplete, inane, rambling post gets published in all its unprepared ugliness for the world to see.  Of course you immediately hit "Save", which makes it a draft again.

But the damage is done.  The damnable RSS Feed gets it immediately - I mean right now - so that even when you recast the post to draft status, the RSS feed and the Google cache have at least the first part of your post out there.


I did it again tonite.  So tomorrow morning's post about winged keels got out there in draft form before I could "unpost" it.  At least the first 200 characters or so, whatever it is my RSS feed publishes.  Check back tomorrow morning for the real thing.  I'd like to say the "polished" thing, but that would be an over-characterization.  But check back tomorrow morning anyway.

1 comment:

Drew Frye said...

There is always a temptation to publish it NOW, because it is now that you have enthusiasm for the subject.

Often I go back and polish or edit based upon stats (views per day, in this case). I really don't understand why certain post are read so many times, but they are the ones I fix. For example:
Drogue and Parachute Sea Anchor Testing: A Summary...
Mar 7, 2010, 5 comments 46 Pageviews

Yo-Yo Fishing
Apr 11, 2010, 8 comments 32 Pageviews

These 2, for example are always at the top of the list. I guess there isn't much on the net on drogue testing, and there are lots of fishermen.

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