Facepalm.

I really need to edit my posts before I hit publish.

I write and then I hit publish. Then a few hours or days later, I’ll actually read what I wrote and I get extremely embarrassed about the simple, stupid mistakes I forgot to fix.

I know the difference between to, too and two. I know the difference between there, their and they’re. I know that ‘a lot’ is always two words. I know that it’s subtle and subtly, not subtley. I know that ‘I’ is always capitalized. You wouldn’t be able to tell any of this from reading my blog. If I just edited, I could save myself a lot of embarrassment after the fact.

I’m too stubborn.

EDIT. EDIT. EDIT. Maybe if I yell at myself enough, I’ll get it.

Then again, after two years of this, even if I yell at myself, I’ll probably come up with more excuses as to not do it.

Edit, Vee. EDIT!

69 thoughts on “Facepalm.

  1. “I really need to edit my posts before I hit publish.”

    Yes, editing makes a world of difference and it doesn’t need to waste too much of your time, especially if it’s something you don’t enjoy doing. Have you tried Grammarly? Highly recommend for people who don’t have the time or don’t like to edit.

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    1. I’ve tried Grammarly before. My issue with it was that it doesn’t always understand context.
      Mostly it’s just me wanting to hit publish so I can move onto something else. It’s not laziness, just… short attention span? Something like that.

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    2. It doesn’t help that autocorrect often takes what you have done correctly and changes it. Whoever did the programming for that is an idiot, and the fact that it continues proves threvare tons of idiots in the business world. Why add an apostrophe to a work that does require it, for example? Why is an apostrophe even a “go to” since more words don’t have them! It makes me crazy.

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  2. It happened to me sometimes. It’s funny how we don’t spot the mistakes earlier. For me, writing and editing on the same day usually cause this. Now, I try reviewing and editing my work every other day, simply because different day provides different perspectives, also opportunity to correct errors that I didn’t spot earlier.

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    1. That’s a good system, I think. Even though I religiously edit before I publish, I can miss things for the passion of the moment of blogging! I frequently return to my blogs, though, to read and look for errors I may have missed in the original efforts.

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      1. I have definitely found posts from a year ago (people still frequently find my old posts, somehow) that I find mistakes on! When I see someone’s liked an old post, I’ll go back to remember what I wrote and I’ll look at it and realize how quickly I wrote it and how badly I needed to edit it a year ago! haha

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      1. You know, that’s pretty danged high praise! ☺️
        And I absolutely love that my intentional typos somehow created a typo I missed…adding a “y” to “something” instead of the “u” I’d been aiming for. 🤦🏽

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  3. Yes, absolutely we can all relate. I find that even when editing my own texts, I am as if blind to some mistakes and tend to overlook them over and over again. I am lucky to have a trusted first reader and editor in my girlfriend. Having a fresh pair of eyes makes all the difference to me.

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    1. I’m just like you! At work, I write things and then my manager reviews them before I release. She rarely finds mistakes. But, if I ever don’t get her to review it, then there’s ALWAYS a mistake. Murphy’s law. lol

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    1. I always worry about it! I work in Communications. It’s literally my day job to spell things right.
      Then again, maybe that’s why I don’t give a damn when I am done work for the day. lol

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  4. I try to pay attention to my own writing, I may see the mistakes others make, but unless is it life or death information I don’t make any comments. I’ve noticed that in my own writing, whether it is getting in a hurry on my part of the computer is playing games with me, there will be words that make no sense in place of what I meant to type. Maybe the computer thinks as long as it begins with the correct letter that is all that matters. But I will be honest, I have cringed more than once when I see something I have written in the past and the mistakes are glaring. To me anyway.

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    1. Maybe the computer does think that as long as it begins with the correct letter that’s all that matters. I like that explanation. I might keep that and use that.

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  5. All is forgiven in blogland. I spend a great deal of time reading and re-reading each post and I still miss errors. Ideally we need someone else to edit our writing. My wife offered to do this for me. It would be a good idea, but I really want to do everything myself. Maybe in the future.

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  6. I can definitely relate! My schedule has become so hectic and I try to make time for my blogging, but I usually end up writing and publishing late in the evening. Sometimes I’m way too tired to edit and just hit publish, only to pick up mistakes at a later stage. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it happens to the best of us.

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  7. The best copyediting advice I ever got was from a guy who complained that the copy I edited was full of errors (it wasn’t), but there were a couple relatively small ones. He said that a lot of mistakes happen when your eyes see what your mind knows the copy is supposed to be, not what’s actually written.

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    1. Thank You. I try not to be too hard on myself. I think I was just mad because I’m so passionate about marketing and my post yesterday was soooooooooooooooo bad.

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  8. As English is not my first language, i think my writing never good enough to read, not to mention grammatical errors, typos, lack of vocabulary, and more. I edit my writing again and again but still i find something wrong after publish it.☹️ But i do love English😃

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    1. I’m sure your English is fantastic! Your grammar in this comment is impeccable. Don’t be so hard on yourself. English is a pretty great language. And if it’s not your first, that means you’re multilingual, which is even more impressive.

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  9. Don’t be so dang hard on yourself. Sometimes a good rant or an emotional outpouring presents better in the raw…do you know what I mean? Just keep doing what you’re doing. It works…

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  10. I wouldn’t say your stubbornness is holding you back from editing. I mean, you ARE stubborn, but I think it’s probably your impulsiveness. “Editing? Nah, YOLO.”

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  11. I consider myself a stickler for immaculate spelling and grammar on my blog posts before I hit “Publish,” but even then, I still find myself going back and finding errors in my writing. It puts my English major self to shame, but knowing that I caught them in the first place is a lot better than never checking up and remaining careless…well, I think that’s what matters. As long as you get your message across, the technicalities don’t matter so much!

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  12. You are so sweet Vee 😊🤗

    Blogging taught me to edit and re-edit and re-re- edit! This habit has helped me so much.

    Pls pls do meditate a little everyday. It would help you to relax a little and come out of the need to rush 😊

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  13. Even after editing, I still find that there was a better way to say something or get my point across. As we mature, our writing improves. Our writing can only get better through repetition. Our early posts will never be as good as the ones we write today.
    I would recommend not yelling at yourself for it may lead to the opposite effect. You may stop listening to yourself altogether. I have to say that I’m more hesitant to publish after writing something wonder if it will intrigue my readers.

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  14. Why do I sound exactly like you when I send unedited pieces of writing to my friends⁉️🤐😂. (I read them later and then think of how stupid I was to miss small things)🤦‍♀️😂

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