A blogger who writes first, second and third drafts
I got an e-mail from a most meticulous blogger. In response to my post asking if I should blog my first draft, Hedge Fund blogger responded:..."absolutely not unless the blogger has that rarest ability to extemporaneously download and convert their thoughts into a few perfect paragraphs."
Perfect paragraphs in blogs? This was a startling concept for me, but this blogger wasn't kidding.
This biggest issue bloggers face is producing quality posts; everything else - readership, traffic, links, ad-clicks, whatever their purpose - follows....Any serious blogger needs to draft several times. In my case maybe the fifth draft at the minimum gets online and many don't ever make the self-imposed cut.
This goes diametrically against my thinking. I look at blogs as a way to try out ideas, and get them out there fast. I don't dwell much on the writing. (Speaking of writing, that rewrite I told you about a couple days ago is eating away my days and messing with my sleep.) Is Hedge Fund right? Should we hone and polish our posts through numerous drafts?