Ah, sweet Planetarians! So often you write to me asking all kinds of blogging tips. A big one is how to edit your Blogger posts once they've been published. You know, when you have one of those "Oh-no-I-forgot-to-add-that-link" or "That-formatting-isn't-what-I-wanted" moments?
Well, I'm also guilty of editing posts after they've been posted. After having that pesky problem heaps of times, I've worked out how to get around it. So I thought I'd share. Now, don’t be daunted! I’ve broken it all down into steps. Are you ready? Let's go, then!
1. Go to your blog, click on 'Design', 'Settings' and then 'Site feed'.
2. Where it says 'Allow blog feeds', change it from 'Full' to 'None'. Click 'Save'.
3. Then go to 'Posting' and 'Edit posts'.
4. Click on 'Published' and find the post you want to edit.
5. Click on 'Edit' and then 'Save as draft'.
6. Click on 'Drafts' which takes you to all your draft posts and find the post.
7. Make the edits you want, save them, preview the post and when you're happy with it, click on 'Save'.
8. Click on 'Post options' and under 'Post date and time', you should see the 'Scheduled at' option marked and the date and time of when you originally posted it. Don't change those details - you want to keep them. Trust me!
9. Click 'Publish post'.
10. Now check your blog to see if you are happy with the new version. If not, go back and repeat the above steps until you're happy with it.
11. If you're happy with the new version, click on 'Design', 'Settings', 'Site feed' and change 'Allow blog feeds', change it from 'None' to 'Full'.
12. Click 'Save'. This is super important.
If you forget to allow a full site feed for your blog, anything you publish from now on will appear on your blog but not be distributed as a feed to anyone else. That means no one will see any of your new posts appear in their Reader and may assume you aren't blogging. The horrors!
So, what you did was:
1. Switched off your site feed to allow yourself to edit at your leisure and get it right before you posted it back to your blog.
2. Edited the post, published it back on the original date and at the same time and then switched on your feed again.
3. When republishing that post, no one will get an extra version 'fed' to them as you had turned off your feed while you were fixing your mistakes. Get it?
4. The corrected version is on your blog and no one has to know you changed it.
5. However, occasionally you might want to let everyone see the new version so you just leave the full feed on for this to happen.
I hope this helps. Let me know if it's unclear. And if you have any further bloggy questions, then ask away as I may just be able to help. I've collected so many tips from helpful bloggers along the way so it could just be your lucky day!