Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Declare Myself A Grammatical Disaster!

I spent the other night re-reading Friday’s Fantasy.  Boy was I ever disappointed *#^%$*!  I saw so many errors, it kind of shamed me.   I’m going to have to be more vigilant about my editing before I click that little publish button.  Perhaps I should set my posts aside after my first edit, and let them simmer for a day.  Then I can come back to it with a fresh view, and hopefully catch the more drastic errors and typos.

What got me started on this was kind of funny.  My feed for Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy goes out to a feed aggregator.   What that is, is a site that displays posts from all the blogs it has as member.  It’s been doing that for close to a year now, and to be honest, I had forgotten about it.   Kel had Googled Ruminations one time, and sent me the link to the search results.  There were more than I would have believed.   So I tried it again, about a week ago, and found that feed aggregator. 

At first I thought someone was stealing my posts, because it had all of them.  I read a couple of the stories, and realized they were pre; published re-edit (I just made that term up, LOL).  What I mean is, many times I will post my article, then go back and make changes.  I finally realized, the feed only carries the original post.  So all those articles I had posted, then gone back and changed, and changed again, and again, were out there in cyberspace without any of the changes!  Embarrassing HUH! 

Now, my grammar is not what it should be to begin with.  When I compound the problem by foolishly posting in haste, YIKES.  It makes me wish even more, that I had paid attention during English class.  I was not the best student in those “boring” classes, LOL.  What can I say, my head was more into sitting in the back of the classroom reading a novel.  I got into a fair amount of trouble for that too.

From now on, I’m going to stop and consider, when I click publish the first time… THAT article is forever graven in my feed.  I think I need to find a way to add a popup when I click the publish button.  A great big yellow and red caution sign, asking  “ARE YOU SURE THERE ARE NO CHANGES NEEDED?”.

P.S.  This post simmered for only an hour, so it may not be thoroughly cooked.  Likely side effects, are indigestion, gas, nausea, or a lingering aftertaste.

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