I had a veteran editor once tell me “Never edit your own material.” Invariably, mistakes will go unseen. It might be a misspelled word, malformed syntax, or something that just doesn’t read well.
While the advise that editor provided is well-taken, unfortunately it’s impractical to wait for another person to edit your blog post before publishing it. After all, one of the reasons for using blogs is to get content out the door quickly without the sometimes cumbersome editorial review process. Besides, who would you get to do it anyway?
It’s never a bad idea to save your post as a draft first. When possible, write the content, save it as a draft, then come back sometime later using the Preview feature to re-read what you’ve written. Giving yourself the opportunity to put some distance between you and your post will help you read it with more objectivity later on.
Even if you choose to publish the content immediately, take the time to read it in preview mode before doing so. Almost always I find some mistake that needs correction, or a sentence or two that needs attention.
Taking the time to edit the post before publishing will help ensure you put the best face on your commentary. Oh, and for heaven’s sake, use a spellchecker!