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I just couldn't resist using that kitty face as the photo for my Pondering post today.  Except for the absence of a keyboard, that probably looks a lot like me when I am  blogging.  I've been known to make some funny faces when I am in thinking/writing mode... Papa Bear can attest to that.  :-)

Do you write rough drafts of your blog posts and then refine them before publishing?  I wish I could say I do, and I probably should be doing it that way.  (I can sense some of you nodding your heads in agreement :-)  It's fairly obvious that I write pretty much off the cuff, and more often than not I spot typos and grammatical errors AFTER I've hit publish, even though I try to proof it first.  My eyes tend to see what my brain THINKS it wrote, and sometimes both are sadly mistaken. :-)  The reality is that with working full-time I don't have a great deal of time and energy left over for any writing, much less polished writing, so blogging fills my need to string words together, without  feeling compelled to achieve perfection. 

Most often I can come up with an idea for my post fairly easily, whether it's based on a prompt or inspired by some event of the day.  Then I usually hunt down an illustration on Google Images to inspire me (I know, shoot me... I don't have time to take my own, wish I did).  I just think reading is more fun if there is something to look at.  That's not necessarily true of quality reading, but readers of my "drafty" posts need all the help they can get. :-) 

Once I've got the post set up, title chosen, and photo pasted in, I'm ready to write... then I put my fingers on the keys and let them roam at will.  Rarely do I have a "beginning-middle-end" in mind, with me it's more of a "let's get started and see where this goes" process.  Admittedly, sometimes my train of thought derails before the station, but that has resulted in some interesting stories too. I write very much like I think and speak... scattered thoughts and broken phrases coming from all directions.  A little of this and a little of that, and fingers-crossed that the end result will be readable.

My mind can take me anywhere from simple child-like tales to a walk on the dark side of life.  Sometimes I spew deep thoughts as if they were words of wisdom, other times I just play with a post and let it fall where it may.  Rarely do I go back and re-organize structure, paragraphs and thoughts, though I realize if I was going to attempt writing with the intent of publishing refining my rough draft would be essential. 

The fact is that when it comes to things like writing and conversation I prefer spontaneity... think it, write it, share it - and hope for the best!  Many of us have noted that the posts we feel are our weakest are often the ones readers like most of all, and the ones we labor over intent on perfecting will get little or no notice.  Maybe it is true that we are our harshest critics.

I'm done drafting this post now... it's taken me less than thirty minutes, start to finish.  I'll run spell-check (and argue with it over words like thru instead of through, which looks like throw to me).  Then I'll do a quick preview to make sure the paragraphs aren't running together, add the appropriate links, and call it done.  In this case I'm actually writing ahead of schedule so it will be saved for the scheduled Thursday morning Pondering with Brenda.  If I'm not participating in a blog-hop, or am already late for one... I just hit the ol' publish button... and THEN take a good look at it and see how it came together. 

Silly me... not the tidiest way to do things, but definitely me being me.  What you see is what you get, please pardon my errors and mangled sentences that make you scratch your head.  I assure you that sometimes I don't even know what I meant to say! The fact is, that for the most part I just write for fun, for the therapy it provides, and for the joy of sharing my thoughts with you, and with that being the intent,  publishing in rough draft form seems to work out pretty well! :-)

I'm linking up with Brenda at BYG Adventures today, where the word we are Pondering this week is "draft"...  
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Head on over to Brenda's place and see what others are Pondering today!

16 comments:

  1. I love reading your blog, Josie.

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    1. Thank you Romi, I am often amazed that anyone reads this stuff! :-)

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  2. I share your approach to writing. This blogging (which I am fairly new to) seems to be on my mind pretty much all the time, so that when I sit down to type, the words are just there. Thanks for sharing your approach... love it!

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    1. Thank you Linda, it is that way with me too - I could happily blog 24/7 if life permitted me that time. I never run out of things to ramble on about, there are always new ideas floating in my mind!

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  3. Interesting, I have a similar routine. I start with an idea and often don't end up where I thought I was going. Like you what I write is not always what my brain was trying to say. Unlike you I sit on a post before publishing usually for days sometimes weeks and I periodically re-read and amend, but then I have more time than you being retired and all.

    Never noticed spelling or typos in your posts, now I will read them more carefully...JK.

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    1. Hi Joe! You turn out some truly excellent pieces, and you do it regularly.... good stuff, that I truly enjoy reading! It is true that I might work a bit harder at mine if I had the time, but I am also impatient and impulsive, so I would still be likely to just hit "post" and let the chips fall where they may. :-) I can re-read a post two or three times and it looks fine to me, and the next morning I will find incomplete sentences, the wrong use of words, etc. Gremlins at work, I'm sure. :-) I, too, am often surprised to go back later and read what I have written, sometimes it sounds better than I originally thought. I recently re-read posts from several years ago, some interesting stuff there that I'd forgotten all about! :-)

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  4. Love this post (as usual!) I do not draft my blog posts they just come off the cuff (as you said). I often go back and read them and try to figure out what i was thinking!
    Thanks for pondering with me.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! This one seemed like a rambling mess when I wrote it, but then I re-read it last night and decided that it was ok. I have discovered that my perception of my own work tends toward the negative when I am tired. A little sleep makes everything feel better! :-) I totally enjoy pondering with you! I just checked out next week's prompt and a title/idea popped into my head for a story!! :-))

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  5. Loved your approach to writing this ponder. I tend to write off the cuff as well.

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    1. Thank you Judy, I am not a great planner. I have found that my writing flows much better if I just let it happen and don't try to force it in any particular direction.

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  6. It's a great way to do it when you are doing it for your own enjoyment.

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    1. I think that's the key Mimi, it isn't for work, it's for fun... so it's ok if it's not perfect, it just feels good to express my thoughts and share whatever stories pop into my mind! :-)

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  7. adorable kitty! Blogging and writing are fun aren't they!

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    1. I fell in love with that kitty pic, Kathe, I think it's one of my all-time favorites! Writing is my passion, and blogging has the added dimension of sharing, interacting and making new friends!

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  8. I get an idea, I throw it in my post, I run a quick spell check and out it goes. I'm with you on the idea of spontaneity. I often find that the ones I "work" on don't turn out to say what I really want them to. I am much happier when I follow my heart and my instinct. The blog is for me,and so I don't feel the need to impress anyone or hone it to a particular degree. To do otherwise would contradict the purpose (and title, really) of the blog. I write what I feel needs to be written - for me, anyway. I often find a typo or two after the fact; sometimes I fix them, others I don't. (Can't say I've ever noticed any on yours, by the way - now I'll have to look for them.) And can I just say here that I really get irked by bloggers I see who post about how they hate bloggers who aren't "real" or "serious"? Who are they to judge? Whatever. That's a whole other tangent.
    Anyway, I liked reading about your process - or lack of (haha). And the kitty is totally cute.

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    1. What a great reply, you could do this as a post! I am totally in support of the "I blog for me" concept, no one should be telling anyone else what or how to blog. Just like with TV or FB or anything else, there is always that walk away option if it isn't the right spot for you to have fun visiting! My blog is a total mis-mash of posts that range from the sacred to the profane, and I am all of that, and I really don't care if someone finds that offensive... read elsewhere then!

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