I’ve been reading my past posts on this blog, not for any nostalgic reason, but to see if I can merge some of them into a book, codenamed Woodpecker Wars.
Though some posts are dated and others are not good, I generally like what I’m reading. Some posts are entertaining and others are insightful. Many are interesting – at least to me. Occasionally I’ll read a post I forgot about and be impressed.
However, when it comes to the details, I’m mostly dismayed. My past work contains a number of errors and too many typos. The perfectionist in me wants to go back and fix them, but that would be too time-consuming.
That impulse to edit my past work reminds me of the book Flowers for Algernon. It’s about a mentally challenged man who undergoes an experimental process that catapults him to the genius level. Along the way, he’s encouraged to keep a journal. At first it’s hand-written and a mess but gets better over time. He learns to type and seeks permission to edit and type his past entries but is told to leave them as is – they are part of his history and shouldn’t be altered.
While I am neither mentally challenged or a genius, I’ll also leave my old posts as is – or maybe I’m just lazy. Regardless, the content that does end up in Woodpecker Wars – along with some new writing – will undergo careful editing and scrutiny. After all, I don’t want to make the same mistakes twice.