Regarding Mr. Baird’s tree planting at Lakeview school, when I wrote all those photographers, that’s exactly what I meant.
Changing my words to journalists or Baird’s staff could come back now for an excellent photo op with the minister changed it into something sordid.
In fact, there were no journalists; it was an early Sunday morning. There was one staff member with a camera but the vast majority of photographers were parents taking pictures of their children with their then Member of Parliament.
I enjoy reading your site which brings the Bells Corners story front-and-centre. I realize of course that you have your viewpoint to get out as well about politics and politicians. But you won’t get many postings if you plan to edit them like you did mine. Your friend, Terry
– Thanks for the tongue-lashing, Terry – I deserved it! 🙂
I have no compunction about editing other people’s contributions to this blog, but I agree with you that I have a responsibilty to wield my editor’s blue pencil with care, massaging the form but not the meaning.
I’m glad you brought up the subject – I was waiting for someone to comment on it. I’ve been editing the contributions of the many characters who sustain this blog (I’d like to call it “our blog” but that seems pretentious): Rich, wanderer, TonyL, reidjr, palmtreehugger, Drifter, jellybean, AC, dfg, Proof Sheet, Jay, Lynwood Rez, and all the others.
They must have noticed that I edited their posts, but none of them complained about it or even mentioned it, partly because I don’t believe I’ve changed anything significant.
I see it as giving these people, and everyone else in the community, a voice. The more people who hear them (who read this blog) the bigger their voice.
And people won’t read this blog if it’s full of typos, repetition, unclear meanings, etc. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone in particular. I’m just saying I take my job of ‘quality control’ seriously.
I think contributors like having me clean up their writing – they’re more likely to take the time to express their thoughts if they don’t have to worry about the form of their ideas, just the content.
Who would want to see his or her careless typos in full view of everyone? I also think they like knowing that I’ll remove or modify anything they write that might offend someone too much (career politicians are in another category).
So my main job as editor-in-chief is to make the blog interesting to read – the numbers could fall off quickly if there’s not enough quality control – blog readers want brevity, clarity, good grammar and stimulation. Filler, in the form of excess words/unclear or factually incorrect statements, etc., will piss off readers (as will vulgarity), and they’ll just go somewhere else – there are lots of other ways to waste time!
In other words, my greatest responsibility as ‘blogmeister’ is to the reader and to contributors (collaborators?). This blog could have a larger purpose than providing me with a fun hobby and a few laughs to readers. My goal is to eventually make this a “community blog” with everyone welcome, and multiple blogmeisters entrusted with access to the blog tools.
But fair is fair, so I’ll certainly address your concern. I didn’t mean to put words in your mouth – I was trying to edit for brevity and clarity, but I was also having fun with it, poking fun at politicians who love photo ops and their journalist friends who oblige by filling the community papers with pictures of politicians taking credit for spending our taxes.
I love the mother-of-all-photo-ops coup that RC pulled off just before the election – front page, dusting off his hard hat and looking strong with his sledgehammer, about to strike down the hated Vox (identified by his political team as the issue that bugs BC residents the most)! You have to admire his political smarts! Let’s not let the fact that RC is trying to claim credit where NO credit is due get in the way.
I had you writing They’re still alive too, so the journalists or Baird’s staff could come back now for an excellent photo op with the minister in front of the now much bigger trees. and, if I remember correctly, you wrote something like They’re still alive too, so Baird could come back now for a photo in front of the now much bigger trees.
Sorry, I don’t have your original words since I edit stuff on the fly.
The edited version doesn’t imply that journalists were present at the original planting, but you have a point – as a public figure you don’t want to put Rusty’s nose out of joint.
I’m not trying to weasel out of a mea culpa, so what can I do to make amends?
– change the about page from “I’ll edit for typos, spelling and grammar and also for anything that goes beyond snarky into rude.” to “I’ll edit for typos, spelling, grammar, brevity, clarity and also for anything that goes beyond snarky into rude.”
– change or cut your comments as posted?
– repost your original comments (if you send them in again)?
– apologize to Rusty and the journalists?
My only “hidden agenda” is to interest readers of this blog and jack up the hits- I couldn’t care less how many readers agree with my biases.