It has been suggested that I should consider altering the opening line from my recent post about a poetry reading I attended:
?Attending poetry readings seems like one of the great fringe benefits of my job, except that occasions such as last evening?s are free and open to the public at large.?
The implication was that my use of the word ?except? could be read as elitist ? i.e., the poetry readings would seem like a fringe benefit, ?except? that I have to mingle with the public at large.? Of course, while I can see how that might be inferred, that thought was the farthest thing from my mind. I?m sure my mom would have a good laugh at the thought that I could even feign ?elitism.?
So it gives me a good opportunity to iterate, or reiterate, my philosophy on the retroactive editing of posts.
I labor over every word I write ? within my time constraints, of course. Inevitably, I will sometimes fail in how I articulate myself.? In general, though, I want to let my words stand on their own even when they?re imperfect.
If I make a minor edit such as a capital letter or a punctuation mark, I will almost always do so without notification. But if I make a substantive change like the one discussed above, I will ?shine a spotlight? on it, usually in an addendum to the original post. In my mind, it cuts against the open and honest nature of the blogosphere not to do so.
I will often wish in retrospect that I had made different word choices, kind of like that witty retort you think of just seconds too late. But such is the immediate and personal nature of the medium.
That said, anytime a reader wants use the comments section to draw my attention to my gaffes, I?m happy to own up to them publicly, in the spirit of transparency.