A while back I blogged about all the little homeless blog posts that I had languishing in my drafts box …. I’ve decided to set them free and unleash them …
I was inspired to do this by my lovely colleague Chris Jobling who took the time to comment on my blog and then published his own list of drafts that will never get written and also this article by sarkemedia about Drafty Blogs !
The piece of advice that they give on the sarkemedia.com site is that …
if a draft doesn’t become a post within 90 days it must be deleted
If an idea doesn’t have a rough headline it cannot be a draft
If an idea isn’t bursting to get onto the page, it’s not ready and shouldn’t be a draft.
I’m not quite sure that this approach will work for me but I hope that my new found empty draft box will inspire me to to clutter it up again ! In the end I only actually deleted three posts as they were either just blanks with titles or they really had no hope of making any sense whatsoever, but with most of them I have simply pressed the publish button!
I had to sort of half close my eyes as I pressed publish as I am still really not quite convinced but have taken the bull by the horns and done it anyway … its quite liberating actually !
I have just found fifteen draft blog posts and various sorry states in my draft box … in my defence there are none from 2017 yet but I still can’t believe there are this many ! They were obviously well intended at the time but I have slept since then so have no idea what I was on about at the time … #mustdobetter
I always find it difficult to keep up with posting my reflections on the stuff I have been doing. I’m in awe of people like Sue Beckingham and Chrissi Nerantzi who just seem so amazingly productive …
My usual trick is to try to draft something in my blog, then I get side tracked and wander off to do something else and end up closing it down as a draft post. I have all good intentions of going back to finish it off … By the time ( and if) I eventually get around ( out of sight is out of mind) to going back to finish it time has usually moved on and I feel kinda stupid releasing it at a later date.
I have all good intentions of going back to finish it off … By the time ( and if) I eventually get around to going back to finish it time has usually moved on and I feel kinda stupid releasing it at a later date so inevitably I just leave it there ….
There are so many half finished drafts floating around my blog … <sigh> looking quite sorry for themselves and wishing they had been written by someone else no doubt …
My other trick is previewing the post in draft and feeling dissapointed with the theme on my site (I dont like the font and its way too busy and generally not very readable ) and getting side tracked by all the other shiny themes that I know are so much better than mine … I then end up using that nifty little tool that lets you see what your site would look like in another theme etc and then something else happens and you have guessed it .. the post ends up back in draft …
Anyhow …in an attempt to try to kick this habit I thought I would try another strategy and just press publish at the point that I would normally just leave it in draft . The idea being that I can ( at some point) then go back and edit it … Not sure this will work but lets go with it for now….
I’d be really interested to know how other people manage to be so productive in their blogging and whether they have found a solution to my lonely drafts …
So that being said I’m going to press the button now and kick the habit … See you next time !
Was soooo delighted to find my sketch book behind the sofa today with my scribbled notes
on the Kerawalla … Paper on Blogging and Richardson Paper on Student approaches to learning
… Piccies here lest I lose it again 🙂
Also we were asked to reflect on our learner experience of blogging so here is a brief mind map of my initial thoughts about blogging ( a work in progress ! )