I know this blog is slowly evolving as part of my public face. The readership numbers are growing every week. And, believe it or not, the bounce rate is declining. (A “bounce” is when someone arrives at your site and leaves quickly, either because it’s not interesting, poor quality, or not what they expected–none of which are good.) So I’m making progress. Don’t get me wrong, though. My numbers are still paltry. I still have yet to break the century mark regularly. All I’m saying is that the progress is steady, but slow, and still relatively obscure. All of which I like.
Yep. Wandered off topic. Blogability, baby. I’m getting the hang of it. Probably should work against that. Staying focused!
Nope. Not staying focused this time. Gotta say this now. One of the promises I made to myself–trying to learn particular things from this process–is that I would try to limit how much I edit these entries. The idea was that I’d be free to edit sentences as I go, but that only in extreme cases would I allow myself to go back more than a sentence or two to start changing/revising/rethinking a section. The only exceptions, really, are mostly factual inacuracies, putting-off and idea for later posts, or respecting the privacy of others. AND and I’ve been trying to limit in-progress sentence level edits. Man, do they slow me down! So I’m more apt now to leave the option/option/option strategies right there in the sentence. And if a sentence really starts to seem unclear. I’ll either delete it, or shoot it down mid-utterance and start a new sentence clarifying the previous one. Not a strategy toward beautiful, tight, or precise prose. I know. That’s not the point.
The point is that I’m trying to increase my writing speed. Learning the habits of writing often, loosely, with an expectation of revision. But revision with the rest of the “already-written” document… well… already written. Right now, I’m employing the lame-ass strategy (habit? hang-up?) of trying to substantially revise each sentence for clarity, structure, and tone with the rest of the document in mind. The trouble with that strategy is that the rest of the document isn’t already written. It’s still conceptual. And it’s still evolving. Often in response to the sentence I’m working on. Yikes. Trying to write every sentence as it relates to and changes a still-evolving document in my head? Whoa. I don’t think anyone can think that’s a good strategy. And so? This blog.