Do You Have Drafts That Are Collecting Dust?

Do You Have Drafts That Are Collecting Dust?

Have you ever had a blog post idea, worked on it for a time, then put it aside with the goal of finishing it later but never did?

If you answered, “Yes,” you are not alone (Other bloggers have done the same).

Today, I am going to provide you with some very good reasons to complete those unfinished drafts of yours as well as an added bonus — a plausible reason to not complete those drafts (So, read on, my friend).

They Are A Treasure Trove Of Ideas

When it comes to blogging, the more ideas you have, the better.

In fact, if you are looking for anything to blog about, it is not a terrible idea to look through your drafts.

You would be surprised at the number of gems that are waiting to be polished.

Therefore, make it a top priority of yours to polish them and publish them (It would leave you with a sense of accomplishment).

They Will Come In Handy The Day That You Are Faced With Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a brief condition in which a writer is unable to complete a novel, writing for a play, or other pieces of writing.

A lot of the hobbyist bloggers on WordPress have complained about being plagued by writer’s block.

And how do I know this?

I know this because I came across their complaints (in the form of blog posts) via the WordPress Reader.

When you are experiencing writer’s block, I strongly suggest going through your drafts (You will find a potential article — one that you would be happy to finish and publish on your blog).

Finishing Drafts Is A Form Of Discipline

I am proud to admit, that I have developed the habit of completing my drafts.

Guess what?

You can be just as disciplined as I am where completing drafts is concerned. All you have to do is be fully determined to finish them whenever you start them (Simple. No rocket science involved).

Delete Those Drafts That You Have No Intention Of Finishing

I will be straightforward by saying to you, “Not all of the drafts in your dashboard area are worth finishing.”

Here are some examples of drafts that are okay for you to delete:

  • An unfinished blog post that is filled with inaccurate information about a piece of technology.
  • An unfinished blog post that displays hatred for someone.
  • An unfinished blog post that is libellous in nature.
  • An unfinished blog post that was supposed to be based on an illegal activity that you did while you were intoxicated on alcohol.

Hey, those types of blog posts should never be completed and published on your blog.

So, delete those drafts; especially those that would make you appear foolish and immature if you were to ever finish them and publish them.

Final Thoughts

If you are one of those bloggers with drafts that are proverbially collecting dust in their dashboard area, you should know the following things:

  • Your drafts are a treasure trove of ideas.
  • Your drafts will come in handy the day that you are faced with writer’s block.
  • Finishing drafts are a form of discipline (It helps greatly in the area of being a highly disciplined blogger).
  • You are better off deleting those drafts that you have no intention of finishing and that not all drafts are worth finishing.

Please feel free to share your opinion on what you have just read.

Thank you for reading!

66 thoughts on “Do You Have Drafts That Are Collecting Dust?

  1. I went thru my Drafts Renard…man there were NO hidden gems!! I am in a bit of a writer’s block. And not having a camera is a problem in itself.
    Followed by not having much to say….It is always so cool how your posts align with something going on in my Life. It is probably just coincidence but it is rather reassuring. You always give me food for thought!
    Sincerely Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum & **purrss** BellaDharma

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    1. 🙂 I am happy to know that I always provide you with food for thought, Sherri-Ellen.

      By the way, if you do not have an actual camera, you could utilize the camera on your smartphone (That is provided that you have one).

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  2. This is such a great post! 😁 I have a LOT of drafts that I’ve either just wrote a title for, an idea, or “fleshed” it out to show how I would write it.

    I used to write them in my bullet journal, but I’m finding that I’m taking up more pages than I had allocated for my blog ideas, so I need to find a different method of writing them all down.

    And I completely agree with this post! 😊 Our drafts are like a treasure trove and in those moments that I want to write but I don’t know what to write about, going back to an old draft can be a great way to do that.

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  3. At the moment I have precisely 136 drafts, but my drafts aren’t exactly the same as everyone else. I always make templates for the movies I intend to review. Some I write right away, others I remove from my schedule and sometimes never return to. You make a good point about finishing them.

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  4. Answer is No!
    I have an idea, and be it rough af, and 5 minutes later I press the ‘Publish’ button.
    Sometimes, actually quite often, I add more stuff and correct mistakes after publishing. Often up to 5 – 6 times.
    Not proud of it but it is as it is.

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  5. No drafts except posts scheduled for a future date. If I’m not satisfied with something I drafted, I copy/paste it to a word doc and analyze it later. All of my poetry is duplicated in a word doc in case of a WordPress or Blue Host glitch, which I’ve experienced both. Plus, it gives me a chance to improve, alter, and reuse my work. I rarely have writer’s block but if I need a little inspiration then I refer to what I saved in my word docs to help me.

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    1. 🙂 It is nice to know that you have no drafts collecting dust, Eugenia.

      I am also pleased to know that you have a backup plan in case glitches occur on WordPress or Bluehost.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  6. I don’t keep unfinished drafts anywhere. It would drive me insane. i have completed posts sitting in the post dated scheduler for this blog. In the business blog l have 75 ‘Draft’ posts, but they are not just ideas, they are completed posts ready for publishing once l have a date l can attach to them.

    If l have an idea for a post, l craft it directly into the WP editor and it is written with the idea of finishising it.

    I have ideas for posts in a book by the desk.

    I don’t tend to suffer with writer’s block, and l am never short of inspiration or content ideas. I am more often than not short of time though.

    Good content post Renard.

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  7. I have about 30 draft titles [because they used to pop up in my mind and I use WP’s drafts to quickly jot down] and have just noticed 8 articles in various modes of ‘finish’…some are actually already fully written but need editing…lol…I also have a habit of leaving drafts too late and by the time I feel ready to publish them, they are no ‘current’ anymore!

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    1. 🤔 I recommend learning the art of time management, Jeanne.

      It would also be easier to keep track of your drafts if they were of a smaller number.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  8. Yes, have realised that after almost 9 months…I need to be selective of what I really want to write about too….that would reduce the number of drafts as well. Time management is a challenge! 😊

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  9. I don’t think I will give up my blog despite my ‘other’ commitments to juggle with…I suppose one way is to reduce post frequency

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  10. I like to keep my drafts for a few months before looking through my collection to see if one can be finished. Some drafts are simply a matter of timing, while others are meant to be deleted forever and become lost into the void. And after reading this post I’ve been reminded: now is probably a good time to clean out my drafts. So thanks for the reminder!

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  11. Well, yes but only a few are worth publishing. Sometimes, I just stop and start another post so eventually my thoughts get published. I just don’t want to publish something that’s already incorporated in another blog post.

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  12. I actually just started working one and said let me walk away, I try to do that and then come back to it and I see different things. I am new to blogging so I don’t have a lot of drafts yet. I am sure they are coming. Thank you for this excellent advise.

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  13. I have tons of drafts, some of them just a title and a sentence like “finish later.” lol I periodically go through and delete the ones that there’s no reason to finish, like subjects that are timely and no longer relevant.

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  14. Always look forward to reading your wonderful blogs full of good advice and great tips. Keep ✍️ and inspiring. Have a great day/ night and remain safe.

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