How it Works
Email & Newsletters
Product & Book Reviews
Social Posts & Management
White paper/Guide (creation)
Blogging Regrets and Other Online Misdemeanors
Have you ever posted a blog in haste or for other reasons that you realized later that you should not have put out there? How did you feel about that? Also, how did you reconcile this issue and move forward?
August 29, 2017, 6:33 pm
I actually haven't had this kind of feeling, the feeling of regret specially when I write something and I publish it. Most of my articles are pretty straightforward and I think that no one has ever told me that they are offended or something about it. (maybe because I don't have subscribers lol) I've let my friends and families look at my blog and they say it's great. So probably, those bloggers who regret after publishing their articles are probably nothing thinking before publishing. Even if you want to publish something in a rush, you would always think about the consequences.
August 30, 2017, 8:45 am
Yes, that's true. If you're writing about a particular topic you would surely realize that it might cause offense? Or at least I would we also have to take into consideration that certain people write about controversial topics on purpose. They like it or they want the attention/traffic. Such posts aren't always made in a rush or by "accident".
August 30, 2017, 3:25 pm
^not thinking* (typo on my post)
True. If ever they can write things that "fast" I would really commend them. Doesn't matter how people think about that article but if you can write it under 30 minutes and the concept and thoughts are intact, then I would probably be impressed.
September 4, 2017, 7:27 am
I regret writing unclear forum posts and questions and presenting them to my fellow forum visitors...lol...
September 4, 2017, 11:00 am
Yeah, as long as you don't publish anything that has negative views or controversies in it, then any experience you share in your blogs is valid and shouldn't cause any regret.
June 11, 2018, 5:57 am
Bearing in mind that I'm nowhere near as talented as many of the other writers here, no, I have not published anything I regret. It takes me too long to rough out my narrative, and even more, time to edit it in all the ways it needs to fit the medium I'm writing for. In each of these steps is a glaring question staring back at me: Is this worth doing? I have to answer yes at every crossroad before I move on tot he next, otherwise I'll discard the project. Time is money, after all, and I am not in the habit of throwing good after bad. By the time I've hit that submit button my work has been thoroughly vetted. This is true of its merits, anyway, if not always its spelling and grammar!
August 30, 2017, 3:16 pm
Nope, I can't say that I've ever done that or came across such situations. But if I did, I would just simply delete that blog and make a special post apologizing if anybody got offended or it caused problems. It isn't that hard to do.
But still, I think that the best thing to prevent these things from happening is to always revise ALL of your work - more than once and let it sit for a while. You do not need to rush and post. Give it a few hours, a day... think if you like what you've written and if it's appropriate.
August 30, 2017, 3:22 pm
I have never had this problem and that is probably because I do not really post anything controversial. My previous blog was a gaming blog so there really isn't much that I can post that I would regret . I don't think it is a massive problem because blogging software makes it extremely easy for us to either delete a post or to temporarily unpublish it.
August 30, 2017, 3:57 pm
Well, i have never been in such situation and i don't think i will get my self into such, because before i post a blog, i think through every word am posting, in case of a repercussion. and i follow the saying of legends that said "think once before you act, twice before you speak,and three times before you post on your blog", and I don't think i will be in a haste to post on my blog, because i do schedule time for posting.
August 30, 2017, 6:31 pm
That is actually a good saying although I have never seen it, to be honest with you. I've heard of the one where it's just "think once before you act, twice before you speak" but I guess the latter part "three times before you post on your blog" must have been added by someone because of how many problems people encounter because of what they post on their blogs lol . Most people will probably read over what they have typed but it is something that I really should get into. Other than looking for grammar and spelling mistakes, I don't really bother to read my content to make sure it is good enough.
September 1, 2017, 4:08 pm
Yeah, it was actually added by some of these troll guys and funny blog pages on social media, but it's insightful and useful. Most people don't really have the time to go through their contents, once the grammar check is not showing red, they click the post button, which is really a bad culture, that needs to be corrected.
September 4, 2017, 6:31 pm
I did have some feelings of unease after posting a few things on a blog I had (have). I started the blog on a whim, it was really just a way to vent out some feelings about a relationship I am in with a man who is twenty seven years younger than me and I was amused and flattered when it started getting more views that I had anticipated, So I built it up over a couple of years and in the third year I started to write about things a bit further afield than my relationship. I started including stories from my past and from my family and one in particular was about something that happened between my brother and I that caused an enormous rift in our relationship. I wrote about that and about a few other events in my life that are very personal and painful and I starting to receive phenomenal views (for me) of 300 to 400 per day. I removed the post about my brother within a week of posting it, because it made mention of something that could negatively effect him if he was recognized. The other posts I removed along with about two thirds of the original blog posts after my niece hacked into my computer files and accused me of slandering my family in front of my aging mother. I was simply angry at my niece, the blog should have stayed up except for the one post.
August 31, 2017, 1:13 am
I actually did wrote a couple of posts which were not rich in content, the traffic views were extremely low that I deleted them. Although I could just revamp them or replace the content with another one but I felt the hatred and disappointment. So delete them to erase the guilt.
September 1, 2017, 10:12 am
Unfortunately, I experienced something similar. I was once very tired after working the whole day and as I had many deadlines to meet I couldn't visit my blog and post on there during the day. But since I have the habit of posting something on my blog even though I was exhausted that day I decided to publish a content. I couldn't believe that I actually posted this the next day. I regretted having written this content. The ideas were not clear and there were several mistakes. I learned a lesson that day. It is better not to do something when you feel that you won't be able to do it well.
February 26, 2018, 12:37 pm
I haven't ever actually had this problem myself, but I was curious about others who have had more experience blogging than me. I can see how some controversial things could get you in trouble, but only if your audience is not looking for that kind of material or is not accustomed to it. Most of the people who visit my block have an understanding or sensibility regarding my politics, sense of humor, possible subject matter, and general personality, so, so far, I have not had any issues either. I will admit to holding back a bit and editing my thoughts and words before posting with this type of thing in mind.
September 1, 2017, 1:58 pm
It hasn't happened to me with blogs but I've definitely made tweets I've regretted, mainly due to them being product of me misunderstanding something or trying to be the first to report news and getting stuff wrong in a hurry. I usually nonchalantly delete them an pretend nothing happened but I think that's probably not the best way to do that sorta thing. All in all, I've kinda learned that rushing to be the first to deliver news isn't always as important as doing it accurately. I still get to excited and screw up from time to time, though.
September 2, 2017, 4:32 pm
Yeah, I was browsing my social media accounts and the posts I made there back when I was still a teen were so cringy, I want to just delete them all and start a new account, lol. You really have to think twice before posting anything in social media.
July 11, 2018, 1:08 pm
Mine is a different story. With all enthusiasm I opened an account with Blogspot and gave my blog a title. The title is such that it can cover just one niche. I am now seriously thinking of creating another account perhaps with wordpress and transfer that blog under that account which will have a new name where I can conveniently have sub titles.
September 4, 2017, 7:15 am
I don't blog much about controversial stuff so I don't regret things in this way. Often, whatever regret I have will just be towards the writing, wherein I will start to wish I had written a certain paragraph or idea in a different way or I would wish I had been clearer in my portrayal of my thoughts. I guess the closest thing to this is sometimes I feel I overdo it with sharing my life stories and experiences, but even then, I still find it therapeutic to have my story published and in a way it feels very freeing. I tend to read my work a lot of times before I publish it so this rarely happens to me.
September 8, 2017, 1:17 am
I stay away from the controversial stuff as well, and when I think about regrets, I guess what I am saying is that I would make errors and mistakes in my writing and not realize until someone else pointed it out to me or until it was too late. I also wish I could write with more precision and clarity, an I think that comes with time, practice, and experience and not just overnight. The joy of writing is one thing, and like you, I totally revel in that, but the editing and pitfalls of writing can be a bit of a letdown and a pain at times.
September 8, 2017, 11:36 am
I agree. Now that I have had time to think about it, I do think I regret a lot of my previous blog posts and cringe when I read them, not because they were controversial but more so just because I wrote them when I was younger. I think a lot of people feel this way about their past work, since I hear it a lot not only in bloggers but sometimes from actors and broadcasters as well. It's probably a good thing that we feel this way though since it at least means we are progressing from our previous ideas and styles instead of just remaining stagnant and marveling at our own false sense of greatness.
September 12, 2017, 2:33 am
I think that as we progress as writers, cringing at our past work is definitely a normal thing. It's funny too; many times, I will write something that I think is sub-par, but my reader or audience will read it and love it. This is a phenomena that baffles me, but sometimes we can be terribly hard on ourselves, and I think, to a degree, that we have to be in order to revise, edit, proofread, and create on a quality basis. I listen to old podcasts, and the second I hear my voice, I feel stress in my shoulders, lol. In any case, the key, I think, is to just keep progressing!
September 12, 2017, 6:13 am
I have done that many times. I have a mental illness and there are times where I am not feeling to good and my mental illness is in full swing. And The next day when I calm down I am like I can't believe that I wrote that. So these days when my mental illness is acting up I don't make blog posts or forum posts.
October 14, 2017, 2:02 pm
I hear what you are saying here, and I understand. I am also sorry that you have to grapple with this issue. That being said, there are plenty of people, myself included, who have bad days, with or without mental illness issues, and say things that we should not say. I think that this is unfortunate, but it is only human, and we are all prone to making mistakes. Everyone is under so much constant stress these days, and sometimes that stress can accumulate and get the best of us. I think that we should all be as considerate in our online lives as we should be in our everyday lives with one another. People in blogs and forums should give each other the benefit of the doubt and not be so harsh, if you ask me.
November 11, 2017, 9:28 am
I haven't started up my blog yet, but I've been fairly active in many types of social media. Judging by my reactions to some of my content from the past, I can only imagine that I'm going to cringe at a lot of stuff that I post once I do get to posting on my blog.
The thing is that we constantly change and grow as we get older. The difference in who you are now and who you were a few years ago is particularly extreme for younger people as they are learning and changing the most. Because of this, I look at a lot of the content I've posted up until this point, and I can't help but think to myself "What in your right mind made you think that this was a good idea?" This could refer to awful jokes I shared or even political and religious views.
I mean, I don't think that the kind of blog I want to start is going to leave much room for things like political opinion, but I have no doubt that I'll eventually look back on certain content and think I could have done a much better job.
November 10, 2017, 6:00 am
I've made a few spelling or grammar errors in my articles in the past, as most people do but have I ever posted a blog or article I've regretted? Nope. I always make sure whatever I post it's with the highest of intent. If I feel iffy about it, it's an automatic NO POST. Better to "not" than to do and regret. That has serious and sometimes un-repairable consequences.
January 13, 2018, 12:34 am
Posting an opinion on a debatable topic is not a good idea. I did that once and when my post received several replies to the negative, I realized my mistake. Yeah, it’s a big mistake to get into a debate or argument about any topic particularly in a forum because we are not paid if we won the debate. And usually, there are more cons than the pros so you are always on the losing end.
January 24, 2018, 4:47 am
I think that online debate is okay, if that;s your thing, but I also tend to stay away from engineering content and posts that are politically volatile because, frankly, there is enough negativity out there and also in my life, so I would rather my sites or blogs be places where people can come to relax, be entertained, or to learn something. I am not out there to push people's buttons, and I do not have the time to police out of control blog threads and comments full of vitriol.
January 24, 2018, 4:51 pm
This question is marked as answered