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Where Do You Save Your Drafts?

Where Do You Save Your Drafts?

All bloggers are known to save a few draft copies of their blog posts (Now, where it is saved depends on the blogger’s preference).

If you are new, it may never have occurred to you, that all bloggers have their unique way of doing things.

So today, I am going to discuss the various methods by which bloggers save the draft copies of their blog posts.

The Block Editor

The average blogger on WordPress would save the draft copies of their blog posts right within the Block Editor itself.

As a matter of fact, all WordPress users know that, by default, all posts remain in the form of drafts until users press the Publish button.

I would also like to point out that the Block Editor is a very reliable place to save drafts (I know this for a fact because I have done it myself).

As a beta tester for the WordPress Mobile App, I will save the drafts that were created inside of the Block Editor; which is all part of the testing process (And, so far, so good).

If I am using my laptop computer to create a draft copy of a blog post, I am not going to create it inside of the Block Editor (I will tell you more about that later on).

The older TinyMCE Editor (the one that WordPress used before the introduction of the Block Editor) was superb for creating blog posts. However, it had one flaw ― you would occasionally lose portions of your blog posts while you were typing them in the TinyMCE Editor; whenever that happened, I would attempt to retype the section of the blog post that the TinyMCE Editor had gobbled up; it happened on both the web and App versions of WordPress.

Those of you who have been with WordPress since 2012 or earlier, would remember losing a portion of your blog post or your entire blog post whenever you composed them in the TinyMCE Editor.

On a positive note, WordPress did fix that annoying bug in the TinyMCE Editor ― the one that had gobbled up the blog posts of so many WordPress bloggers.

Thank goodness that the Block Editor does not gobble up people’s blog posts, because if it did, I would be highly annoyed.

As I have mentioned earlier, the Block Editor is a very reliable place to save drafts.

Some of the downsides of the Block Editor are:

  • It is heavier than the TinyMCE Editor (Therefore, it loads way slower than the TinyMCE Editor).
  • It is not as intuitive as the TinyMCE editor (Which resulted in a lot of people spending lots of time trying to figure it out).
  • Sometimes, shortcuts do not work.

Despite those setbacks, the Block Editor is still one of the best places in which a WordPress blogger can save their drafts.

A Text Document

I have been saving my drafts in the form of text documents for many years now.

It all started when I grew tired of losing portions of blog posts while I was composing them in the TinyMCE Editor.

So, to prevent reliving the frustration of losing pieces of my blog posts, I made the wise decision to create the draft copies of my blog posts via the word processing program on my laptop computer and when they were completed, I would save them as a text document.

The good news is that you can create the draft copies of your blog posts via:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Word
  • LibreOffice Writer

And, you can save them afterwards in the form of a text document.

At one point in time, Grammarly had stopped working with the Block Editor and I had to resort to using Calmly Writer ― an online editor that was fully compatible with Grammarly to create the draft copies of my blog posts.

When I was finished putting the draft copy of my blog post together in Calmly Writer, I would copy it and paste it into the Block Editor or save it as a text document.

One of the downsides of saving text documents on the computer is that you can lose access to them if something goes wrong with your computer (And, that is when I came up with the next step).

A USB Flash Drive

The whole thought of losing my text documents if my computer died haunted me. So, I thought to myself, “I will save those text documents of mine on a USB flash drive.”

If you have a spare USB flash drive laying around somewhere, you can store your text documents on them.

The bad part is that if you lose your USB flash drive, your text documents will be lost forever (Unless you kept copies of those text documents on your computer).

The Cloud

If you use Google Docs or the online version of Microsoft Word to create the draft copies of your blog posts, they will be automatically stored on the cloud.

I never liked the idea of storing text documents in the cloud.

Why?

Because it requires an internet connection in order for anyone to gain access to the text documents that are held in cloud storage.

Sorry! Storing my text documents in the cloud is not an option that I am open to (I want to access my text documents without having to go to the cloud).

Troy, the host of the eBuzz Central channel on YouTube said, “The cloud is someone else’s computer.”

Okay, Troy is definitely on to something where cloud storage is concerned.

By the way, if the server is down (which is an extremely rare occurrence), you will not be able to gain access to your text documents; you will have to wait until the server is back up and running.

Writing Them Down In An Old-Fashioned Notepad

The old-fashioned notepad that I am referring to here is the one that you used in school to write down the notes that your school teacher wrote on the blackboard with white-coloured chalk.

Recently, my friend, Brenda mentioned to me that she writes her blog posts with a pen and saves them in a book.

Later on, she would revisit the book, open it and type out the contents of the book; which are then saved on the Block Editor.

Many years ago, I did the same.

Another friend of mine (a blogger from Africa) also jotted his blog posts down in an old-fashioned notepad and whenever he felt as though it was time for him to publish a blog post, he would open the notepad and type out the blog post on his smartphone (He did not own a computer).

A Modern Notepad

The modern notepads that I am referring to here are those digital notepads that are on computers, tablets and smartphones.

These modern notepads were specifically designed and created for people to create short notes with them.

The word processing software on one’s computer is a much better tool for working on an article.

However, some people prefer to use their digital notepad instead.

In the past, I typed the draft copies of my blog posts in the notepad on my smartphone and I saved them there.

I advise against storing the draft copies of your blog posts on your SD card because if the SD card becomes corrupted, you will not be able to gain access to them and you will have to reformat your SD card; thus losing the draft copies of your blog posts in the process (When SD cards become corrupted, you will have no choice but to reformat them in order for them to be functional again).

One of the nice things about storing things on a smartphone is that the user has the option of storing those things of theirs on the smartphone’s internal memory or via external memory in the form of an SD card.

In regards to the notepad on computers, they are better suited for short notes like reminders; not draft copies of blog posts.

Final Thoughts

As you have just learned, bloggers store the draft copies of their blog posts in various places; such as:

  • The Block Editor (The place where the average WordPress blogger will not think twice about saving them).
  • A text document (Which is often utilized by those prolific writers).
  • A USB flash drive (Which is utilized by those bloggers who are paranoid about losing those text documents on their computers).
  • The cloud (Which is mostly used by those bloggers who use Google Docs and the online version of Microsoft Word to create the draft copies of their blog posts).
  • An old-fashioned notepad (Which is the preferred method of educators and of those who enjoy doing things via the old-school method).
  • A modern notepad (One of the preferred methods of those people who like to do things digitally).

Please feel free to let me know your chosen method for saving the draft copies of your blog posts.

And, thank you for reading!

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64 thoughts on “Where Do You Save Your Drafts?

  1. I never used the draft option here in WP with the Guy blog as much as l now utilise it with the Earthly blog. Yet, that is where they are.

    Currently, l have 43 completed posts in the scheduler waiting to be published and 56 completed posts in the draft folder awaiting me to finalise the finishing touches and press publish.

    I don’t have any incomplete drafts in the blog facilities as incompletes freak me out [no, they do seriously, hahaha]

    I have an ideas folder on my desktop where l have phrases or excerpts of concepts.

    I don’t tend to keep copies of posts anywhere else except here in the blog, although l keep poems in a folder on the pc.

    I write everything first-hand – draft or scheduled – here in the block editor – then run it through Grammarly to improve it.

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  2. I save them to Google Drive in general, but I also have a Grammarly account and keep my drafts there, too. I usually don’t save anything on WordPress because I’m deadly scared of losing a document without saving it πŸ˜‚

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  3. I use the block editor, by default and a modern notepad on my phone. I don’t use the block editor when writing because it’s always glitching, freezes and the flow just dies. I write my posts on the notepad,then paste and edit on the block editor.πŸ˜‰

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  4. I’ve only one draft in my WP drafts folder. I’ve a little notebook for ideas and a couple more with first drafts of about 8 or 9 drafts that I’m currently working on. If what I’m considering is really clear in my mind I do tend to type directly into the Block Editor but I have considered typing up more complex pieces on my laptop so I can print them off for editing. I guess I really do like my pen and paper.

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  5. It depends on where I’m writing my blog posts. If I’m using my computer I’ll create and save it in word (if I’m not directly posting it). But when I’m using my phone I’ll use the WordPress app. This is because I don’t have an plugin on my computer to check my grammar (not online at least) but my phone will automatically correct my mistakes whilst typing. For me grammar checks are pretty useful since I’m not a native English speaker…

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  6. Thanks for the post on this, Renard. It’s interesting to read the responses. I’m like Rose β€” everything starts in a Word doc. I use the notepad on my phone for ideas, though. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Hi Renard,

    The posts I write usually demands full involvement of heart and mind.

    I keep visualising the idea, to figure out its face and structure etc., then write it.

    By default my phone has 1) β€œGoogle Notes”. I use it to note down facts, thoughts and ideas, and many times, for drawing sketches.

    2)β€œGoogle Docs” is an easy tool to write blog post using heading tags and other features. It covers a lot of space on android, so I prefer Notes over Docs.

    Like most of the bloggers, I’m using 3) WordPress Block Editor to write and publish blog posts.

    It has a problem

    Thank you for the post.πŸ™‚

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  8. I just save them on WordPress. I would like to use Word Document more, but when I copy and paste into my post, it changes to Classic Blocks. Then, I have to convert to Block Editor, which can be a pain. Not to mention time consuming. Am I doing something wrong? Does this happen to others?

    As someone mentioned above, I do utilize the note feature on my phone for ideas and sentences/paragraphs I definitely want to use in my postings.

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    1. πŸ€” Hmm. Interesting. I do not use Microsoft Word. But I find it strange that when you copy your post from Microsoft Word and you paste it into WordPress, it changes to Classic Blocks.

      What I do know for a fact is that when you copy your post from Google Docs and you paste it into WordPress it is presented to the user in the same Block Editor Format.

      Are you sure that you did not set the Block Editor to use The Classic Editor in the past?

      If you did, you could set it back to the default settings.

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        1. πŸ€” To be honest, the Block Editor has evolved a bit and some of the settings are deeply hidden.

          If you blog on your computer, click the three dots on the top right-hand side of the page on the WordPress Editor; when you click on it, you will see “Welcome Guide”; which is a quick tutorial on how to use the Block Editor.

          I am sorry that I am unable to give you a definitive answer.

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  9. I use the block editor. I save completed drafts for a short period of time or go ahead and schedule them for publication. I use LibreOffice Writer to note ideas and save work that I want to revise. I don’t like using the cloud.

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  10. Well, Renard I rarely save Drafts; but when I do, it is in Classic Editor still.
    Block Editor is cumbersome & it distorted my photos. I am so ‘old school πŸ˜‰
    I even went back into last year’s posts & redid the text & redid pix in Classic…iA HUE improvement I can tell you.
    I sometimes DO write ideas & thoughts down on paper so I can refer back later….many I am even older than ‘old school’, hahahaha!!!
    Thanks for another fab post~~
    Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum & **purrss** BellaDharma

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    1. πŸ™‚ Jomz, you certainly brought back some good memories. I remembered the days when I used to create the draft copies of my blog posts in Evernote.

      By the way, I still have my Evernote account; it is just that I have not used it in years.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  11. My initial notes on anything I write, start out with pen and paper. Then get written, edited and finalized in either Obsidian or Joplin depending on what it’s for.

    Obsidian, I use for more professional things. Joplin is used mostly for my personal stuff, because it syncs with my Nextcloud.

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  12. I usually save my blogs on a Text Document on my Laptop in Microsoft Word , sometimes I leave and save the drafts using the old fashioned way which is the pen and paper notepad method. As always Renard, such a great post brotherπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ’―πŸ’―

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