A blogger who writes first, second and third drafts

A blogger calls for more care in posting--and numerous rewrites
Stephen Baker

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?

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.