When I write each daily post here at RJsCorner, I start out putting the initial “idea” down on virtual paper. Then comes the redoes, edits if you will. That usually happens two to three times before it is posted in the “publish” queue. Every time I review a post there are almost certainly words that I change, They were just not right, and needed to be changed. I find myself doing that even for posts I have written years ago.
Wouldn’t it be nice if life allowed us such redoes in life? Of course the major things that need rewrites are spousal disagreements. My late wife and I had some pretty strenuous arguments about usually unimportant stuff. I hated having disagreements with her, as I would replay them in my mind for hours, and sometimes days at a time. I keep thinking, “if only I had said…”
I am going to let you in on a little secret here about RJsCorner. I seldom respond to your comments until at least a couple of hours after you post them. That gives me time to think beyond my first thoughts. It gives me time to mentally have a redo. One of the things that I admire about my blogging buddy, Bob Lowery, is that he has the right words right out of the gate. Another is that he responds to so many comments each day. I know blog etiquette says you are supposed to respond to every comment, but sometimes there is just nothing to add to the conversation.
Sometimes it bothers me that I just can’t let something go by if I see a way to improve it. Even if no one reads the words, just having them there necessitates the change. But, then I read about Walt Whitman’s famous book of poems entitled “Leaves of Grass”. He published the book in 1855, but continued to rewrite and republish it for another 40 years. It was republished nine times during his life.
If Whitman can do it, then so can I…