Experimenting with the WordPress app …

Ok so I think I am pretty rubbish at blogging … I always ‘think’  I will be able to blog about things I have been up to soon after the fact … sadly that only seems to be in my head  …

So, I’m wondering whether the app might be beneficial … here goes …

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Giving the draft posts a new home ….

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 !

 

 

Homeless Blog Posts …

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

 

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Blogging and Reflecting

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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 !

 

 

Spring Cleaning …

I have been thinking about tidying my blog up for some time. I think it could do with a bit of a make over and I desperately need to finish the work I started before Christmas on sorting out my tags and categories milarky !

So I will be experimenting with a few different themes and having a general spruce up over the next few weeks … there I have said it now so it’s out there !

I’m just gonna have to get on with it and do it !

If you have any suggestions for themes / strategies for organising please do shout !

 

Welcome to 2015 … lurgy and all …

Ok well so far in 2015 I am five days in and this is my first post … so that’s my first new years resolution almost forgotten but seemingly saved in the nick of time … #Resolution 1 – Do at least one blog post every week … This is a recycling of last year’s resolution but with a rather ambitious target for me of one for every week rather than at least one every month which is what it sort of turned into in 2014 … notice how I haven’t restricted myself to saying which blog I would be blogging on …

So … in my book the 5th January is going to count as Week 1 … May the ramblings commence …

I am full of cold at the moment although feel finally sooo much better than I did over Christmas. I am feeling very inspired to spend some time on my blog having read lots of really good blog posts recently with really great titles and catchy one liners … where do people find the time and inspiration ?

Its a great mystery to me and one that I am really hoping I get to grips with soon. My rather sad attempt at a catchy one liner is below from OER14 not very awe inspiring or catchy but its the only one I have got so I’m sticking with it… More Resolutions to follow shortly …

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