Putting My Best Shoe Forward
Shoes, one of my loves… I have more than a few pairs. When I was a kid I had a pair of patent leather shoes which I cleaned and shined with a little dab of Vaseline. Today I keep my shoes in their original boxes to protect them or sometimes in the nice felt bags that come with them. I want my shoes to look good. It’s partly an image thing but more about taking care of what is “mine”. And, I want to show off my shoes to their best advantage. It is a pride thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not obsessed about the shoe thing, nor am I obsessive about my blogs. But I do take the time to make sure my blogs are looking their shiniest. I spent well over an hour recently on a simple blog post, carefully checking for spaces between the words, and trying to line the image up on the exact spot of my choosing. Saving my draft and then previewing the post to read it as you, the reader, see it. I must have made close to 15 revisions. There were too many “I”s in the sentence, or possibly I’d used the same word in three consecutive sentences.
It’s about pride. And, knowing that with Facebook, Google Reader, and Feeds any mistakes I make will remain in the blogosphere and internet for all eternity. A first impression, like a smear of dirt on a shoe, which could reflect poorly on my writing. If I’m going to write for the public, be it a blog post or an article, my work should show my skill. This is where I have the opportunity to shine. I want to put my best foot forward, as the old saying goes.
How do you feel about your writing? Do you toil away to ensure your best work is on public view?
Shoes by Anniebee at Flickr.com