Why editing blog posts can be important


Those who are regular readers know that I don’t write a blog post and click “Publish”. I’m an early morning person and so I might start the post first thing and contemplate the rest during a dog walk or I’ll formulate it in my mind while walking and write the post when I get home. For the most part, anyway. It might come in dribs and drabs but ultimately gets scheduled to go live at 5:00am.

Yesterday was no different except that I took off mid-morning for Leamington and didn’t get back until supper time. During the drive, I played the post over in my mind because this one was a bit of a personal family writing. It was during this that I realized that I forgot to do something. No problem; I’ll get it done when I get home.

As it turned out, we had visitors again, this time on my actual birthday. We played, went for a swim, took two dogs for an evening walk and then just sat on the patio with a glass of wine and some music. Before long, it was bedtime.

It was only this morning when I checked to make sure that the post went live that I realized that I hadn’t done the additional editing. It wasn’t a big deal, I suppose, but it was for me. It was something as simple as including direct links to the three shipwrecks in Lake Erie. I fired up my browser, made the changes, and then updated things. No problem, right?

Well, actually it is. You see, according to WordPress analytics, most people don’t directly visit the blog. Instead, they’ll have the post mailed to them or they’ll open it in the reader or subscribe to it.

When I make the change afterwards, they won’t get the updated stuff. It’s actually here, in case you missed it and wanted the content.

In theory, looking out over the lake on the map revealed this. From Colchester, you could easily see the location of the M.I. Wilcox, Grand Traverse, and George Worthington. Most certainly, I’d heard of the Pelee Passage Wrecks but this was a new experience for me. Each of the wrecks has a link to provide further details.

(Personally, I have the blog post available in a number of ways for myself just so that I can check periodically that I’m doing things right)

Why is it a big deal? (at least to me)

For most people that read the blog, and I thank you for that, they’ll read or skim their way through it and then it’s forgotten forever. It’s kind of sad when I think of the work that goes into it but that’s the reality for the blogger and of the blog.

It’s a bit different for me.

I use the blog as a way to put down my thoughts, research, ideas, and inspiration, … at least for a particular day. One of the best search engines for my purposes is actually the search engine for this blog. It’s right up there in the right sidebar.

I’ve always maintained that the real power in blogging is not in readership or the ability to have an impact on anyone but to create a space of my own where I can search for something that I’ve researched in the past. After all, I’ve taken the time to get it down; if I need access to the content later for some reason, why should I always have to start from scratch, er, DuckDuckGo?

So, I don’t know – if I’m ever in a trivia match and have to give details about the Grand Traverse shipwreck, I’ve made it just that much easier to find.

I know that, as the school year approaches, there may be some who are contemplating blogging with students. I suppose that the easy rationale would be to give an authentic writing experience and there’s no doubt that that is good. But if you look at it in a number of different ways, it can be that ultimate digital portfolio that has big payoffs in all kinds of ways.

Think of the power of students creating their own search engine via their own blog. As they learn more about a topic, they can just go in and edit a post with new details.

Blogging isn’t just for reading anymore.

OTR Links 08/16/2022


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