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  •  I've Sometimes Thought Of..... (4+ / 0-)

    ....Putting another one together, when a big entertainment or gossip story breaks.

    And then I remember all those times of going through lines & lines of HTML to find one itty bitty error in code to satisfy Daily Kos' proofreading software, and that feeling washes away. :-)

    It used to take me about two days to compile all the links for a week's worth of entertainment news, put it all in bullet-points with clickable links, and then pick out a few of the stories from the week to expound on.

    I wonder if those of you who put together OND sometimes feel this way in which stories you try to highlight in the diary, but I was always surprised by the stories that people don't notice or talk about. Sometimes I would pick out a story to highlight in TIC that seemed interesting & fascinating, and would think it would get people talking, and then not a peep. Instead, it would be something I hadn't even thought of putting front & center that would get people into long discussions.

    •  Editing (2+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Rimjob

      When I was doing OND regularly, it started to consume my days. I remember putting 5-6 hours into a nightly digest. I wouldn't edit in the dkos editor since, as you know, it eats diaries.

       Since I like international news, I tried hard to make sure I had sources from around the globe and tried to only cite two stories from any one source. If I had "extra" time, I'd add photos. The thing that saved me was that I gave up commenting on the news stories in the body of the diary for the most part.

      Invariably, the big story or theme I was highlighting wasn't as fetching as the weird or odd news item I put in because I found it interesting. All-in-all, it was good for me to step back from daily or weekly OND editing. Now, I usually can pinch hit a decent digest in about an hour, but the detail work I used to put in isn't there. I notice, but I may be the only one.

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