I started out writing all our articles on my own, but now we have writers that do most of the work. We've assured our clients that all articles are either written by me, or at least edited by me (when addressing the writers I refer to myself as Lisa (head writer/editor/wife) the "wife" is because they mostly deal with Greg. I think my title is funny. That's why I chose it.). That makes me the editor. It also makes me want to change large chunks of articles sometimes. But I don't. Usually. Here are some things I've learned in my editing.
* Just because someone says something differently than I would, doesn't mean it's wrong (necessarily). (this only applies because the client may assume it's written by me, normally I don't think about this at all, of course.)
*editing other people's articles (if they know how to write) takes less time and effort than writing them myself, which is a major bonus.
*editing other people's articles (if they don't know how to write) takes much more time and near explosions of the brain than just writing them myself (fortunately this only happens when we're looking to hire. We don't hire those guys)
* After editing "internet" in favor of "Internet" repeatedly, I find I am only doing it for the sake of consistency, but I wonder every time if it's not terribly old fashioned to capitalize it.
* I've had loads of practice in breaking up run-on sentences like this (I made up the following example but it's very much like the real thing, except dumber because I don't really know how to write a good, sensical run on like this writer does, although if I tried I probably could but it might take a little thought and effort and I don't have a lot of time right now as we are running out the door in a minute but I'll do my best.):
When considering which club of the month to purchase for a loved one, you should take into account the interests of the person in question, so you can be sure that they will be pleased to receive their gift every month, which will give them a good feeling when they think of you because they will remember that the gift is from you, so this is a very important thing to keep in mind.
Wow. My not really trying but just kind of kidding run-on was quite a bit better than my attempt at copying my writer's type of run-on.
Only one period per comment, please. Run-ON people. Run-ON.