Lately, I've been writing my longer entries in "private" mode, editing them to satisfaction, and then changing the status to "public" when they're ready. What I've discovered, however, is that even though I change the date when things are finalized, the "friends" view doesn't immediately reflect that change. You may have to scroll past days of entries you've already read to find my new stuff, and most people will never think to do that.
In the future, I'll take the time to copy and paste to a new entry, thereby eliminating the problem. But, for now, it's probably best if you just click here and make sure you haven't missed anything.