Bloggers, do you ever write down a post idea as a draft? Do you ever actually go back and write a post to go with that fabulous idea you had or does it sit in your drafts folder … forever.
Not long ago, I was looking for a little inspiration for a post, and it suddenly occurred to me that I might have some ideas squirreled away as drafts. From time to time I’ll have a great idea for a post, but no time to write it. So, I’ll write down a title and save it as a draft. Sometimes I’ll even write a bit more than a title.
Problem is, I almost never remember to go back and look at those drafts. And by the time I do, the flash of inspiration I had when I wrote that idea down has fizzled away, and I’m just no longer interested. (I’m very fickle.)
Or sometimes the post idea just doesn’t even make sense anymore. Case in point, one of the draft titles I found the other day was: “Do You Read Books From an Alternate POV?”
Now, that post idea seemed apropos when I wrote it—in 2015!!! Back then, there was a big trend where authors would write a book and then rewrite the same story from another character’s POV (for the record, I wasn’t a fan and could rarely bring myself to read them because I’d get bored). But, now five years later, that post idea is pretty much defunct because that was a quickly passing trend. (I guess I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t interested. Or are there still authors out there that do this? Let me know if I’m wrong!) That’s a draft that’s going in the trash.
I know I’ve deleted others over the years as well. (Why I saved that one for so long, I have no idea—maybe I thought the trend was sure to come back one day?) My poor little drafts … abandoned.
Luckily, I did still have some interesting stuff in there. I found several tags that I’d saved for myself to do “later”—maybe someday I’ll get to them. And I pretty much always have a draft of a Fun with Spam post going (which I update whenever I run across funny spam).
But then there was this gem of a post idea: “Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It).” Imagine my surprise when I saw that I had already written at least half a post! And it gelled perfectly with some of my current writing anxieties, so I decided to flesh it out and post it. Inspiration achieved!!
Guess those drafts can be useful after all!
Do you ever save post ideas as drafts? Do you come back to them or do they end up in the trash? I wanna know!
This post has been linked up to the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge!