How A Post Is Made

15 Jan
St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writin...

St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writing: Sandro Botticelli’s St. Augustine in His Cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Write
  • Save after every paragraph
  • Squeeze in all available puns
  • And then some more
  • Save
  • Proofread  
  • Google Proofread proof read for correct usage  
  • Save
  • Justify text
  • Save
  • Change font colour to red
  • Save
  • Change font colour to black
  • Save
  • Add picture(s)
  • Save(s)
  • Add links
  • Save
  • Preview
  • Check links work
  • Check links highlighted
  • Check links open in another page
  • Save
  • Spell check
  • Save
  • Preview
  • Check
  • Check
  • Check
  • Check
  • Check again
  • Add Categories  
  • Add Tags  
  • Add witty Twitter comment to entice readers
  • Publish
  • Check

A post takes about thirty minutes to write and ninety minutes to perfect.

If I come back to a post at a later date and discover a typo or other error, I have to rest on my bed for an afternoon to recover.

This post first appeared two years ago.  

The system is rigidly adhered to.  Or else.


Tory Boy

Tory Boy (Photo credit: Big Richard C)


Tory Boy gave me a heart attack.  I was preparing this post and he was sitting on the couch behind me.

TB2: You’ve published early.

TB1: I haven’t published yet.

TB2: Yes you have – ‘How A Post Is Made’.  There’s a list.

TB1: [Terrified Small Creature impression; looks from monitor to TB2’s tablet to monitor]: Oh no!  Oh no!  Oh no!  I can’t believe it!  I’m writing about writing perfect posts and I screwed up!

TB2: [Collapsed in heap of hysterical laughter]: … … … …

TB2: You haven’t published!  I read the title on your monitor!  [Rushes to toilet in wet pants] [Not really; but a mother needs her revenge]


This is the same child who managed to get me to thank him for locking his brother in the loft.  Putting away the Christmas decorations, Spud was up top, Tory Boy passing to him, and I was directing.  Once the last, fragile bag was carefully passed up, I headed downstairs, calling ‘Thanks’ a split-second after TB closed the loft hatch on his brother, sealing him into the crowded, dirty and freezing roof space.

I don’t think Spud minded – it looks better than his room.


17 Responses to “How A Post Is Made”

  1. vivinfrance January 15, 2013 at 12:45 #

    Part One: Fusspot. I just edit mistakes later IF I spot them before you point them out.
    Part Two: Spud will no doubt get his own back


  2. laurieanichols January 15, 2013 at 14:17 #

    It seems that Tory Boy has a bit of the Hub in him doesn’t he? Poor Spud. All that I can say is Wow on preparation.


  3. terry1954 January 15, 2013 at 15:46 #

    gees, that sounds like too much work!!! haha


  4. Rorybore January 15, 2013 at 16:09 #

    My hubby laughs every time I say “oh, it’s an easy post tonight, won’t take long.” usually he’s okay and will wait patiently. Unless he hears “almost done…just have to create the linky.” then he knows to just go ahead to bed,


  5. SchmidleysScribbling January 15, 2013 at 18:14 #

    I hope you get better sooooooon. Dianne


  6. Elaine - I used to be indecisive January 15, 2013 at 18:41 #

    I thought it was just me that went through that l-o-n-g performance to create a post! 😀


  7. slpmartin January 15, 2013 at 23:34 #

    Oh…I do love the Tory Boy’s wit!


  8. Viveka January 16, 2013 at 01:11 #

    True isn’t this … but I think I check, save .. change, spellcheck .. save, save, save, check, save, check … add, save .. check too.


  9. bluebee January 16, 2013 at 07:32 #

    Ummm…there’s a missing apostrophe in this post


  10. bluebee January 16, 2013 at 07:32 #

    Only kidding 😉


  11. eof737 January 16, 2013 at 08:18 #

    Nice touch… It takes me anywhere from 40 mins to 3 hours.. I know. 🙂


  12. judithatwood January 16, 2013 at 17:41 #

    Great post — great list! 😎


  13. Grannymar January 16, 2013 at 19:43 #

    Can’t wait to hear how Spud gets his own back!


  14. robincoyle January 16, 2013 at 23:03 #

    You left off the part about completely recreating the post because WordPress nuked it when you uploaded a photo.


  15. Perfecting Motherhood January 21, 2013 at 23:57 #

    Part 1: Ain’t it the truth!

    Part 2: Your son is hilarious!


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