I’m new to blogging and my mistakes are there for all to see. Painfully so in one case. So here are just some examples  and I hope you won’t repeat my errors.

1. Check your post, not once or twice, but three times – just in case. As someone whose profession is editing you would think I wouldn’t need to be told that, but you learn every day.

2. Lack of clarity can muddle your message, annoying readers and frustrating your own intentions.

3. Show your blog post to someone you trust – your partner or friend, for example – before posting. Any uncertainty in your own mind means warning lights are flashing, so double check what you have written is right. I usually show my wife very personal posts first and have rewritten based on her feedback. The results have always been much better.

4. Illustrating your post gives it an edge, although too many pictures can make reading a bit awkward, especially on tablets. It can make the post look too long. Just remember to check the media is attached. See below for an example of how not checking can go spectacularly wrong.

5. Check before you hit ‘publish’. I work on posts in draft format a lot, adding and editing when necessary. I usually have one or two finished just waiting to find a suitable time to publish. Two nights ago I was jumping back and forth a lot on the iPad and pressed ‘Publish’ on the intended post – only to realise in a nanosecond that it was the wrong one. Too late. Fortunately, the post was complete in text form, but I had not included photos to illustrate it. In my panic I quickly uploaded a picture and reblogged. Not the ideal solution, but I thought, at least I had corrected the error. Unfortunately, as I noticed yesterday morning, the picture had obviously not been saved, so I look like a total idiot. To make matter worse, the post was about the death of my son Alan.

Embarrassing doesn’t exactly describe my horror and frustration. Then a friend who also uses WordPress suggested I just add the picture as an update. Grrrr. Forgot I could update and avoid that reblog.

So, the next few days I will learn from all my errors and actually check out those WordPress tutorials. They’re there to help not hinder. Lesson learned…. I hope.

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