Don’t Post and Panic #IWSG

Today’s post is in participation with other writers, bloggers and authors belonging to #IWSG, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, who post on the first Wednesday of each month.  Given the group’s name, it’s somewhat fitting that I’ve chosen the topic of Posting and Panicking.

stamp-114438_1920I spend a couple of hours each week writing posts to my blog, “Thoughts, Stories & Novels.”  The posts are usually about writing, but I occasionally venture into uncharted waters and write on a subject that hits me that morning.  I select topics that I think readers and writers will find interesting or amusing, maybe even a little edgy.  But I must admit the selection process isn’t well-defined.

I usually bounce my post off my editor and wife, Claudia, before I hit the publish button.  The goal is to make sure the post makes sense to someone other than me, and that I haven’t screwed up the their/they’re/there thing again.   Satisfied that it’s ready to go, I hit publish, take a quick look at the final version on my website, and then go about my business.

Frequently, later in the day or that evening, I’ll think about the post I’ve written. I may have second thoughts as to whether it needed more polishing, if it was appropriate for the audience, or if it was offensive to someone.   I’ve even sprung up in bed in the middle of the night, rehashing the article I posted the previous day.

After going back and looking at my posts, I rarely change them.   My concerns are usually unfounded, but still, I continue to have these unsettling experiences.

Before taking up writing, I had a long career in sales and marketing.  The business environment was filled with deadlines, targets, and commitments.  After surviving in that pressure-packed workplace, I’ve wondered–Why do I second-guess myself when posting to a writer’s blog?

I’m not really sure, but I think my second-guessing has to do with the vastness of the Internet and the unlimited number of people who can read what I post.  In business, I interfaced with a limited number of employees, associates, and clients, but writing exposes me to the world like nothing I’ve ever done.

I’m gradually becoming more accustomed to the exposure that comes with writing.  I’d better.  After all, what good is an under-exposed writer?


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23 thoughts on “Don’t Post and Panic #IWSG

  1. David

    I fully agree with the second guessing. I review what I write for OB many times and with Debbie before sending and then check it again afterwards!

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  2. I often do the same. I’m in public relations and before that, HR. Writing for whatever comes to mind really makes me nervous. I’ve had other bloggers tell me I need to be open and honest about experiences, but I simply can’t all the time. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

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    1. I’ve found a 24-hour “think about it” period is good for blog posts, at least for me. I get in trouble if posts become top of mind or conversational in nature. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I couldn’t agree more. I never know what will happen once I hit the “publish” button. The biggest surprises are always which articles do well and which are a total flop (I find it’s usually inversely proportionate to the amount of effort)
    Blogging certainly can be frustrating at times. Best of luck!

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  4. I used to second guess…sometimes I still do. You’re right – you’re putting your words and thoughts out there for anybody to read. But, after some time, you get used to it. Congrats on opening yourself up to the internet!

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  5. Hello. Thanks for visiting me, so I’m returning the favor. I not only second guess myself, I third and fourth guess, too. It takes a real leap of faith to put yourself out there, either in a book or in a blog. kudos for taking the plunge.

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  6. I’ve definitely woken up in the middle of the night thinking of the perfect way to make a post better. I think I’ll look at it as a good thing. We want to give the best to readers and won’t stop until we get it!

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  7. I will probably second-guess this comment. 🙂 You probably know this, but here’s the blurb I’m dropping in the comments for some of the newer IWSG hoppers this month. 🙂

    I’m co-hosting this month, and I wanted to offer some tips to our newer hoppers, just things to help you get the most out of the hop. 🙂 1) If you haven’t already, you may want to make sure your Gravatar is up to date. This is because a lot of the hoppers are on WordPress blogs, and Gravatar is the app for leaving comments there, and it allows people to click on your comment so that it brings them directly to your site so they can return your comment. 2) Another thing some people do is leave a link back to their blog directly in the comment. I do this sometimes: http://www.raimeygallant.com 3) You may also want to check out the #IWSG hashtag around social media, especially Twitter. 🙂 Happy hopping!

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  8. I second guess myself a lot too, and I have a few friends that I have look over those posts I’m really concerned about. Funny thing is the posts I feel the most nervous about usually end up being the most popular.

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  9. I frequently suffer from post-publish panic as well. It doesn’t matter how polished it might be, I start to second guess the minute I press the button. I think it is natural when you are sharing something you are personally invested in. I also think that fear keeps a writer sharp, so I embrace that insecurity, knowing it shows how much I care about my writing.

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  10. When I first started blogging, I also had angst over the posts. I’m over that now. It is what it is. You do your best. If something is glaring, you can always go back and change it. That’s the beauty of blogging.

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  11. Victoria Marie Lees

    I still have angst over my posts. I have angst over submissions I make to magazines. Like you said, there is a limited time to hold an audiences eye to finish reading your submission or post. But in the end, we just need to hit submit or publish. I wish my husband would read or talk to me about my posts or story ideas. Lucky you, D.R. to have your wife listen and offer her take on the matter. All best to you!

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    1. Yes. I’m very fortunate to have a former newspaper and magazine editor as a spouse. We collaborate on many subjects. Well, actually I collaborate, and then she tells me what to do.

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