Friday, June 15, 2007

Hitting the DELETE Button

All too often people speak without thinking, but they can't take away what they've said. All too often professional writers and reporters write something without doing due diligence but cant take it away once published. Where does blogging fit in? One can delete a post or reply and few will notice. But does that change what was said? No. It merely lessens the number of times it has been read.

There are times when I think I should hit the delete button after making a post due to poor grammar or because of the content. I've done it a few times. Perhaps I should exercise that option more often. Instead I choose to let my joys, triumphs, failures and frustrations stay for me to reflect upon over the course of time. If someone should stumble upon them and conclude that I'm a basket case...I'm grateful to have provided fodder for their mental musings. If, on the other hand, someone is moved to looking deeper into their relationship with Our Lord, I'm honored to have been used for that purpose.

I like Gavin Richardson's blog title: "Hit the Back Button to Move Fwd". I think I can relate.


Vicki said...

From one basket case to another: you've written a lot of wisdom here. I'm one of the worst for speaking (and blogging) without thinking. That was one of my reasons for switching to WordPress...I'll write my post and date it for future publication, and then re-read once or twice before allowing it to publish. Of course, some silly stuff still gets past me, and I won't even begin to discuss the comments I leave on other people's posts...

Brother Marty said...

Thank you for your is warm hearted and rings true to me. But, I live by my posts and might be considering that Wordpress model. Perhaps a "cooldown" time may be worth looking into. Checking into it.

Pamela said...

I just edited a few sentences in my most recent post on my blog, a little to "out there" and personal, it was "out there" for about a week and today I looked at it again with new eyes and thought, oh, my what was I thinking? I know exactly what I was thinking at the moment when I wrote it but better judgement has returned, maybe, and I have edited it today. Instead of putting ones foot in ones mouth, is it possible to put it in your blog? If so I did that in my most recent, now rated G post. I feel your pain.

Brother Marty said...

Thanks for sharing. Isn't it interesting what the perspective of time can bring? I think about something a friend of mine often says when I tell him I should have done this or should have done that. He typically says: "Don't "should" all over yourself"! Gives one cause to pause.