Schalene Jennings Dagutis of Tangled Roots and Trees and I made a deal. I would write about how I keep everyone straight while writing my 52 Ancestors post and she would tell me how to find a book on the minutes of the annual conferences of the Methodist church.
Part 4 – Pulling it all together
I was joking in part 3 about sending the post to my editor.
It isn’t ready for anyone to see – yet.
Most of the writing is done. Before reading through the entire post for the first time, to be sure it flows the way I want it to flow, there are a few things I do first:
- Images: choose size, position, add captions, and check the box to open link in another window/tab
- Sources: edit the sources generated with the timeline and add any new sources used while writing
- Links: add links to online information and other blogposts (children or parents)
- Format: check to see if the text format is consistent
- Tags: add surnames, places, etc.
- Preview: use the preview feature to check images, sources, format, tags in post and test all links
The post now looks the way I want it to look but does it read the way I want it to read?
For the first read through of the post I have two tabs open (split screen) – one for the editing window and one for the Preview version of the post. If I stay in editing mode I keep rewriting or will go off searching for something to add. In the Preview version I stick to reading, only moving to the editing tab/screen if there is a spelling error or a sentence needs to be fixed.
The second time I read through the blogpost I try to read it outloud (in my head). This forces me to read each word and helps me to notice the little typos or mistake that are missed during speed reading. I know that I’ve been mumbling the text when my husband asks, “Aren’t they doing what you want them to do?” or “Who’s giving you problems now?”
One last read through and it’s ready to publish.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how I write my 52 Ancestors blogposts. I’d love to hear what you might do differently.
© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey