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Pardonez moi in writing

Portia (1888) by Henry Woods… Portia is the heroine in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

This is my wine publicist’s journal. In most journals, nothing written matters to anyone but the author… but this one is public. In a public one, everything matters to everyone.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1, 180–187

I really do appreciate the edits that people tell me exist.

  • I pull an 80 hour week, perhaps like you do.
    • So you know how exhausting life can be.
    • You manage my slips very well.
  • Keeping up with the blog is fun.
    • Mostly.
  • I feel a commitment to it.
    • Sometimes it’s a real chore.
    • Not writing everyday has people running for the hills.
  • It’s not a paying gig.
    • And I do work for money as a private contractor.
    • Sometimes I wonder, “Why have I made this public?”
    • But, I know that some of this is helpful for others, including flubs… They happen.

When I edit my blog posts, I’m like everyone else

  • I read it as I think it is, not as how it really exists.
    • So, I miss things someone else might not – like you did.
  • I pay an editor for a fee, which will never be returned from this writing situation.
    • But, she also has a life and may not get to the blog post before I launch it.

I’m not living in the days of old in journalism

  •  A story was written.
    • Edited by the author.
  • Handed to the editor of the book, newspaper, magazine, television or film producer, and a final brush-through happened.
  • This is the way that very few mistakes were made.
    • Do you ever go online to find the flubs in any given film?
  • But, still, makes get through; factual and otherwise.

From Successful Blogging:

“For me blog post editing takes longer than writing the post. I may spend one or two hours writing a blog post[;] then, four to eight hours perfecting it. Even then typos can and do slip in sometimes.”

[I just found a place where a semi colon should have been, in the quote above; so, I’m demonstrating that there’s no perfection in this world, by anyone, all of us included.]

Boy, I wish I had her devotion and time, though. I also take a couple hours of writing, but then even more time editing. For me, it’s more like two to four hours of edits. Pay me for those six hours, and I’ll go the extra mile.

Writing is a four-step process

  1. Thinking about the story.
  2. Writing the story.
  3. Editing the story.
  4. Re-writing the story.
    • And the editing continues and continues; for not only content, but also for making sure the edits are happening along the way for style, content, typos, and grammar.

And, I continue to still make mistakes.

So, if you’ve gotten this far in how I’m continuing to write my journal and you find that mistake(s), just leave a comment.

  1. I’ll edit it.
  2. I’ll thank you, with a big pardonez moi.

And I repeat:

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

This blog of 586 words just took four  hours to think about it, do some research, write, edit, and rewrite it…. For free… It’s a journal, people, and that is all. And, yes, I can easily read this below.

3 Responses to “Pardonez moi in writing”

  1. Tim Edison says:

    Nice post Jo. This resonates with me. As we know, I know all about making mistakes in my blog posts; or mixing up genders for that matter!

    All jokes aside, I agree with your point on reading your own posts as you think they are, rather than what is really written. Sometimes you can proof read your own post multiple times and not pick up on a blatantly obvious mistake that others may be able to spot from a mile away. I suppose that’s the fun of writing and keeps us all on our toes.

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  3. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks, Tim, for backing me up. I’ll never forget the one guy who was so incensed that I used the word “then,” instead of the word “than.” He was “never going to read my blog again,” and I realized that that was a relief to me.

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