I’m a Curious Cat

Greetings People ~

If only that was really me ~  Photo Credit: s723.photobucket.com

If only that was really me ~
Photo Credit: s723.photobucket.com

Yes, I am a curious cat.  I told Le Clown that it was a secret, but really, it’s not.  I pretended to be a cat my entire childhood.  Other kids obsessively wore cowboy boots day in/day out or princess attire or underoos – but not me. I stepped it up a notch.  My grandmother knitted me a scarf when I was five. I decided it was useless as such- but it made a fabulous cat tail.  Yes, I stuck that scarf down the back of my pants and a cat I became. I wore that tail for god knows how long. I even started the girl cat ‘club’ in 1st grade – which was really just a front for rounding up innocent boy creatures and scratching them with my jagged bitten nails.   I’m pretty sure I had to disband the club under duress at the insistence of the elementary school authorities.  Bastards.

Ironically, this post is not about my feline tendencies – it’s about a question I am curious about.

Writers, I beseech of you to answer me this –

When preparing a post do you:

A) write it in the WP environment first?

B) write it in Word (or some other word processor of a similar affinity)?

C) write days in advance and continually revamp/revise/rewrite?

D) write it ‘off the cuff’?

E) write then publish immediately?

F) write and schedule its release (especially from you multi-posts-a-day-people)?

G) something else entirely?

I would say I have done a bit of each but my tendencies are towards B, D & E.

So give it up – I’m curious; I yearn to know…

Else I’ll have to scratch you with my jagged bitten nails.

About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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91 Responses to I’m a Curious Cat

  1. TheLastWord says:

    A, D, E mostly. For complicated ones I will use a Wordprocessor.

  2. Smaktakula says:

    Mostly C, I guess, but my habits are changing.

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    I don’t really belong commenting here because my blog is just silly. (off the cuff totally)i just wanted to say hello 🙂

  4. lyndzeerae27 says:

    I always write in Word. Even when writing this comment I am currently in Word, for fear that I will bust out a spelling error, because I am a terrible speller (already I have several red lines indicating the misspelling of words!) I usually post and then publish immediately because I have no patience really to wait for anything! My blog is about my children and the life of Motherhood, so usually I write in the moment, when something weird or funny happens I have to go write it down, because if I don’t I will more than likely forget it! 🙂 Great post, I really enjoyed it!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting – another Word user! Yay!! On a positive note, Chrome’s browser shows me all the misspelled words I’m typing in any environment on a webpage – so it’s something to consider for typing replies if you’re inclined to switch browsers.

      I like to write in the moment too – else it zings by – or I write the stories I’ve been telling for AGES;

  5. djmatticus says:

    A: for the stuff that gets published to WordPress… the stuff I write just for my wife or my other projects I’m working on all get written in Word.
    D: When responding to the daily prompts, or when typing up something else that popped into my head that I wanted to share – these are always written by the seat of my pants and E) published immediatly.
    F: For my recurring weekly posts (Thursday writing updates and Friday Q and A silliness) I’ve written those ahead of time and scheduled them to post.

  6. Rohan 7 Things says:

    A) and E). I write in WordPress and go until it’s done then hit the publish button! I don’t trust scheduling for some reason lol, though I’m sure there will come a time when I have to use it 🙂

    I like your cat story, pity about the club!! I used to love running around like a T-Rex.



  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I write it in Word as it may take ages before I have the TIME OH THE TIME to finish it. Sigh. It’s frustrating. I want writing for a day job.

    I used to like to think I was a mermaid & held my breath under water and swam around people’s legs as if I was of the underwater world!! Like cats too though… & never heard of underoos before?!

  8. calahan says:

    I alternate between A and B, but both eventually lead to F. Kind of like my grades in high school.

  9. electronicbaglady says:

    oh no, I have a cat allergy, please don’t scratch!
    I am BDE mostly with an occasional scheduled post if I happen to write two on one day.
    If it helps, I used to pretend my bike was a horse…
    Nice kitty 🙂

  10. MissFourEyes says:

    I’m a B and F. B because I’m always afraid I’ll accidentally click the publish button before I’m done. And F because I’m a little scared of the Publish button. I don’t know why.

    I want underoos!

  11. jmlindy422 says:

    I’m generally a B, D, E kind of gal. Lately, though, I’m stuck on wanting to write about a couple of topics, but nothing is coming out that I am in the least bit fond of.

  12. "HE WHO" says:

    My blogs thus far are few and far between. When I do write them it is in WP and off the cuff. Then I call Michelle in to give it a read (she always says something nice) and I publish it. I rarely read it again.

  13. RFL says:

    I’m usually A, D, and E but I wish I had enough structure to plan, revise, and schedule.

  14. Kylie says:

    A,D, and E. And then I edit. And update. And find more typos. And update. Then add a picture. Then update. Fix my categories. And update.

    That is, when I write. Which isn’t a lot lately.

    Any pictures of you and your cat-tail?

  15. Elyse says:

    B, D, and E for me too. Spontaneous mostly. If I am pissed off about something.

  16. Carrie Rubin says:

    It’s B and C for me in terms of writing posts. As for your childhood cat thing, well, that explains a lot… 😉

  17. twindaddy says:

    I do A, D, E, and F. Most of my posts I write directly in WP, reread it once for proofreading, and then publish. Sometimes if I’ve already had multiple posts in a day I’ll schedule a post for the next day.

    Occasionally, on a big, important post I’ll hold on to it a day or so and come back to it and proofread it so I’m coming at it with a fresh perspective before publishing it. It all depends on the post.

  18. runningonsober says:

    How about H for all of the above?

    Primarily, I keep a running Word doc for my weekend words posts, and I’ll add to and edit it as the week rolls along. My personal posts tend to be off the cuff, written in WP, though often based on earlier notebook scribbles. I will usually copy edit a couple times, then go and read it on my phone a few hours later before I hit publish, to make sure any links work on the mobile platform and to catch any final errors.

    Interesting to see most of us “are off the cuff” writers. I know some who work on a post for weeks. I admire the tenacity, but I fear I would completely re-write a piece ten times over in that period and lose the initial impulsivity and emotion.

    • I would have to agree – if It wasn’t ‘off the cuff’ – it would be ‘in the toilet’ for me. I have a few posts that are sitting in my blog folder that are just blah… I’ve spent too long on them and they lack something… I’m not a planner that’s for sure.

      I haven’t even considered what my stuff looks like on a phone app 🙂 Oi!

  19. I always write “off the cuff”. Depending on how I feel on any given day, I write a post and publish it right away or I write it the night before and schedule it to publish at midnight. Since my main blogging service is Blogger, I always write using their word processor. When I pimp out “Dumbass News”, I use the “Share” buttons at the bottom of the post. However on a couple of places I cross post to (like WordPress), I copy and paste a part of the post to that blogging service, then link back to the original post on Blogger. I’m a bit different than almost all of the WordPress bloggers I know in that my blog is monetized. That’s why I use Blogger as my main blogging venue. (I’m disabled and on a fixed income, so if I can make a few extra dollars a month, it’s a big help financially, although I actually prefer WP to Blogger).

    Simply put, I am a D, E, F kind of Dumbass.

    • OH – that explains why I have to click again once I get a post email for your stuff. You’re clever. I haven’t even delved into monetizing my blog – I have a friend that is encouraging that – but I’m not ‘there’ mentally yet.

      • As you probably know, WordPress is kind of goofy about monetizing blogs. The myblog.wordpress.com format does not allow for monetization, free Blogger publishing does.
        When you are ready to monetize, be sure to check into WordPress’ TOS. My personal suggestion would be to move over to Blogger and go from there. (You can import and/or export this blog to your new blogging home) Otherwise, check into some of the big Hosting Companies. Word of caution: GoDaddy has a horrible reputation, according to what I’ve read.
        Good luck when you make the Big Change!

  20. annesquared says:

    Yes to everything expect, planning and extensive editing, the latter is my rule to avoid obsessing about a perfect end result. Most topics are spur of the moment, or a theme that develops as I write and has little to do with the original.

    • Very cool – I’m a tangential writer – I can get ‘off topic’ in a sentence…sometimes I have to make a fast outline in my word doc else I’ll start off at A and end up at 23 without any logical leap.

      • annesquared says:

        I would bet you have the logic in your head to explain the leap. 🙂

        Love the cat “confession.” I will hide it in your comments that I use to pretend I was a cat also. But I was a manx so a tail wasn’t necessary. And I was a house cat – so feline stayed inside when outside 😉

  21. iRuniBreathe says:

    I write in WP and then let it sit. I rewrite a few times and send it to my hubby who reads and comment. I often forget that not everyone is a mind-reader and knows *exactly* what I am talking about so it’s good to get a pair of fresh eyes on my words.
    Occasionally things just flow and I proof it for spelling/grammar and hit publish. That’s more an exception than the norm.

    • So far most everyone writes in WP – I have a hard time using their editor – it feels so clunky. But I do hate transferring from Word to WP b/c I can’t just copy & past the images straight in.

      That’s nice that your hubby will read and proof it. If I waited for Scott to do that – I’d have about 2 posts… 🙂 He’s a turtle.

      • iRuniBreathe says:

        If it’s any consolation, I do a fair amount of prodding and reminding about the reading / proofing process.
        I find transferring from Word too time-consuming when it messes with the format. I like writing in WP because it helps me create that space in my mind for it. Writing in Word makes me feel like I am writing a letter to the editor.

  22. I’m an A, C, F kind of gal, Ladycakes. I don’t like having to transfer from Word to WP, because basically I’m too lazy and it’s just easier this way. But once I write a post, I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Sometimes I continue to tweak even after I’ve published. I guess I need a new hobby.

  23. A,D and G. I’ll edit for a good 2-3 hours before hitting publish. On occasion, I’ll hit Publish after a few revisions when the writing flowed. I’ve cut back to posting 2-3 times a week from every other day since some published posts were complete crap. Scheduling would require foresight, of which I possess very little. I’ll be interested to see other bloggers’ habits here.

  24. mairedubhtx says:

    I write in the WP environment because it’s there and it’s easy to use. But I write “off the cuff,” whatever comes out of my brain, as it were, and then I publish it before I even get a chance to think about it. That’s how I deal with the Daily Prompts. For my book reviews, I write them in the WP environment and add the book cover, but I let a couple “pile up” for those days when i don’t address the daily prompt so I have something to publish. Also I often remember something i forgot to include in the review that i should have put in it, since I write as a stream of consciousness. It gives me a chance to revise, to fix inaccuracies and include what I forgot when I was first writing the book review. So I have two different ways of writing. Hope this satisfies your curiosity. I love your story about the cat tail. My daughter used to pretend she was a cat, too. Without the tail.

  25. Le Clown says:

    Because you mentioned Le Clown, and because you’re my BFF4EVS™, I’m not telling.
    Le Clown

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