It’s A Bit Drafty Here

Blogging at least from where I sit, involves few if any deadlines at all.

A wonderful and thought provoking post gets crafted and when it reaches the point of no more revisions, magically the “publish” button gets pushed. We sigh and gush with pride as our post heads into the blogosphere to be devoured by hordes of eagerly awaiting readers.

Or something like that.

Realistically though, there are deadlines and other issues involved when it comes to producing a really top-notch blog post. Time and writing quality are two of the more important issues when it comes to producing a superior end product.

Due to the fact that time and quality weigh heavily when writing and composing blog posts, often our work(s) end up sitting in a drafts folder until, both “time and quality” can be sufficiently addressed before hitting publish.

Dr. Tanya in Blogging Insights 44, takes a somewhat personal(lol) peek into our “draft folders.”

Three questions to look at.

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Do you always complete a post that you draft? If not, why?

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

Here ya go:

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Not including this post, the magic number is fourteen.

Do you always complete a post that you draft? If not, why?

The short answer is – no.

Although my answer is “no”, I would like to say or at least think that someday those fourteen “draft posts” will see the light of day in the blogosphere.

Inspiration for a post can be a fickle companion at the best of times. It often presents intentions that are both admirable and honourable, but sometimes it lacks the commitment to hang in until the end.

What seemed like a earth-shattering and life altering idea in your mind for you next post, grinds to a screeching halt after the first three lines get typed using the new WordPress editor.

Hence, into the “drafts folder” for some undeterminable time warp until your “fickle companion – Inspiration” re-appears to lead the way to the next classic and hopefully “view exploding” post.

And there they sit……and sit……and are still sitting, awaiting for their “first love – Inspiration” to reappear out of a foggy mist and make them complete.

Realistically, if posts don’t get finished and published within a day or two, more often than not, they end up sitting in the “drafts folder” until I get the nerve to say goodby to “my old friends” and hit the “trash” button.

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

Not sure.

I think this can be a personal choice or preference. Some people may look at the drafts and know that at some point in the near or distant future they will find the right words and emotions and finish them.

On the other hand, some bloggers will keep the “drafts folder” next to empty.

For myself, I have on one or two very rare occasions(over a four year period mind you), gone back and finished a post that had been sitting in the “drafts folders” for say longer than a month or so.

So, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer for this question though.

“To draft or not to draft” – that was the question. And once again, a big thanks to Dr. Tanya for her neverending work on the “Blogging Insights” series.

Great stuff and great information.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

8 thoughts on “It’s A Bit Drafty Here

  1. Pingback: Blogging Insights– Drafts– Reblog from justabitfurther – Salted Caramel

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