How often do you go back and read your old blog posts? I don't do it all the time but now and then I randomly skip around from post to post reading things I wrote two months or two years ago. It's really fun to take a walk down memory lane. It's super annoying if I find a typo after so much time has passed. I guess reading it a million times isn't always enough. My earlier blog posts are very long winded, overly wordy and way too uptight. I changed my writing style when I realized that other people were actually reading it. I had to work on loosening up to make it more conversational and not worrying so much about using proper English so that my personality would come through and it wouldn't read like a boring college essay.
When I write posts I have a tendency to obsess. I cut and paste entire sections from one place to another, add words, delete words. I read it over and over looking for typos and making sure that everything is just the way I want it. Some posts flow easier but with others I have a harder time translating my thoughts and feelings into words. The editing process never ends. After I read it for the millionth time I can't look at it anymore because if I do I'll probably find yet another thing I want to change and I'm just over it by then.
By the time I hit publish I don't even know what I'm looking at any more so reading it later allows me to look at it with a fresh eye so it's like reading it for the first time. I finally get get to "see" what I wrote in a way that I couldn't when I originally
The sharing and the interaction with readers is a big bonus but it's really is all about the writing for me. And the preservation of memories. It's the whole reason I blog in the first place so even if I look back and think oh my gosh why did I even write that, I'll still be okay with how I wrote it and love that it's there to look back on. That being said, I really do need to learn how to let go a little bit. Write what I want to say and move on just like I would if no one was reading. It's just a blog.
Have you changed your writing style from when you first started blogging to now?
How long does it take you to write a post?
How important is it to you to blog every day?