I love to write. Love, love, love to write. I can write my blog posts very quickly. Usually in 15-20 minutes. Except the memoir essays. They take a lot longer and are usually emotionally grueling. But a post like this? 20 minutes tops.
And then comes the editing.
Minimum an hour. Not counting posts that are only 1-3 lines. I still check those a bunch of times. It would be pretty embarrassing to write a two sentence blog article and screw it up.
Formatting is part of it, because how it formats on the “add new post” page is not exactly how it looks on the laptop, or kindle, or phone. I go for the laptop. People reading my blog on smaller devices are on their own.
It’s the commas.
Taking graduate English and Linguistic classes, I learned that the biggest grammatical error writers make in the English language is a dearth of commas. When I heard that, I wanted to be all “So there, friends of mine. I was right.”
When I start to edit, I read my article slowly before I preview it, and after several times, and several corrections, I read it out loud.
Then I hit Preview. *sigh* Go back and…..
2. Fix formatting.
3. Worry about commas. Whaaaaaa?
4. Delete a comma or two.
5. Read Preview again.
6. Add commas back in.
7. Read again.
8. Add more commas.
9. Curse at commas.
And, ladies and gentlemen and all readers of any age, gender, race, religion or political conviction, I am not addressing the Oxford comma.
I was trained that it was not to be used. I’m guessing a post-colonization issue?
No matter what you say, you will rarely, if ever, find an Oxford comma in my writing.
Side note: I once got into an argument with a close friend and colleague about the Oxford comma. It ended up with me hurling the F-bomb.
Over a comma.