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Blogging and rewriting

Having (somehow) completed a degree in Enlish Lit., I did *a lot* of writing in my college days. So, it makes me wonder why I sometimes find blogging so frustrating. Ok, so it’s certainly not the writing part, and it’s not the techie part (I basically work on web sites all day long) – it’s the post-it-and-forget-it part. Huh? What I mean is that when we were writing in college (and when I do most any kind of writing these days, even any longer email), it’s all about writing and rewriting. Yes, you know, that whole revision thing (some of which this post looks like it’s going to need…) – blogging doesn’t really promote that. Yes, you can of course go back and revise stuff you wrote previously, but that would sort of contradict the all-important ‘date-posted’ info attached to your entry, which is telling the world “this is something I wrote July 30, 2005, at 2:54PM EST, and I never touched it again.” No, that date is just the publish date, you say, you can write and revise all you want while your post is in draft state. Sure, true that, but the reality is that you write stuff, post it, and then re-read it a week or so later (after all, somebody has to read these entries), and realize it is in dire need of a revision. Why should it be that because that July 30 date already is ‘out there’ I would kind of feel like I were cheating if I went back and made some revisions? I mean, after all, trusting readers have now read what I wrote back then, and I can’t just start making changes – that post is in the past. You can’t change the past. The problem, Ithink, is that blogs are supposed to be some kind of stream-of-consciousness thing we’re sharing with each other, which they sometimes are, and sometimes those are the best blog postings. But a lot of blog postings are also more like essays – well-crafted discussions – and the constantly evolving creatures that we are, we want to revise and improve our work – is that cheating feeling maybe because in the print world, it really is out there? After all, once a book is published, you can’t go back and change. (You can publish a new edition, and make changes there.) But the web is course very different from print, and blogs are not books – why, then, is it that we feel like we need to abide by the rules of the print world?