Sunday, November 25, 2007

Another Tag and Some Obsessing

I was also tagged for that last meme - list seven random or weird things - by Jenn @ Enjoying the Ride. I'm not going to do it again. Even though Cory is always telling me that I'm random, I think I would have a hard time coming up with seven more random things right now. Now, read that sentence and tell me if I mean seven more things that just happen to be random or seven things that are even more random than the first seven. Hmmm.... I wonder.

But, since Jenn tagged me, I thought the best thing I could do was run over and check out her list. How could I resist? I was reading the first item on her list where she said, "I am shy. I never know what to say to people, so I tend to say nothing. That's why I like to blog...I can edit!" and that reminded me of something I was thinking about earlier. Not necessarily the shy part, though I'm right there with Jenn on that. I'm a total introvert, but somehow blogging helps us to come out of that and reach out and connect with people in ways we never could in real life. What I was thinking about was the editing.

I tend to be a perfectionist - always have been; probably always will be. Do you know how hard that is with teenagers in the house who just really don't care? That's beside the point. What I was thinking about was my tendency to make everything perfect, so I do tend to edit my blog posts - over and over and over, until they are just the way I want them. I think that's OK at the time - before anyone has really had a chance to read them - unless some of you are lurking on my blog, constantly refreshing the page, just waiting for that next post, I'm usually safe in believing that no one will read the post until I'm mostly satisfied with it. But what about a post that I've already written, and the next day I feel that I could have said that better?

For instance, on the Need a Snow Day? post - why didn't I mention something like, "remember how much fun it was making cut paper snowflakes when you were a kid? Now you can do the same thing with your computer." So, when I think of that a few days later, should I edit the post and make the original post 'better' - even though no one will probably even notice or read the new improved post? Should I just ignore it and move on? (of course, because I'm a perfectionist, this is the hardest one for me) Or should I write a new post and say what I really meant to say in the first place - and probably have people wondering why I'm repeating myself?

What do you do?

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh - you are cracking me up over here - because I am SO like you!!! Seriously... I could have been reading about myself here! I'm so bad that I even edit my instant messages! LOL

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  2. I also am constantly in edit mode...

    It's a standing joke at home, I'm always asked, have you done your check backs? Check back, check back.. don't forget to check back... my partner laughs at me..

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  3. Anna you are definitely not alone...I am the same as Misty...I thought I was reading about myself at fist LOL

    I am always editing and still not getting it perfected...

    And I find it so much easier to be the person I really am with blogging> I feel I can just let loose and have fun. Why can't I be like that in the real life world. I'm sure it would be just as fun!
    Although I have to admit I am coming out of my shell :0)

    take care
    carrie

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