One of the things I find most frustrating about blogging, is when an idea for a post doesn’t pan out.
Sometimes I’ll have what feels like a strong idea and I’ll sit down and write something up quite quickly. It may be well written, or I may struggle to express the ideas, but throughout I’ll have a niggling sense that I’m not comfortable with what I’m writing.
Sometimes it’s because the piece is too personal; sometimes it’s because it deals with a controversial subject and I’m worried about the response I might get. Sometimes I don’t have a clear sense of why I’m feeling troubled, I just know I’m not entirely happy with what I’ve written.
There are times when I’ll ignore the feeling and post the article anyway. Usually whatever I was worried about doesn’t happen, but I often refrain from promoting these posts as much as I usually would because I’d rather people didn’t read them.
Other times I’ll scrap a perfectly decent post at the last minute. I did that today.
On those days, I struggle especially hard to come up with another topic. When you’re invested completely in an idea, abruptly changing direction can make your mind go blank.
So instead of thinking about the subject that gave me pause, I’m thinking about how I deal with blogging on those days and how I come up with another idea at the last minute.
I usually have a bank of ideas for blog posts, but to be honest, the ones that are there are often the ones I didn’t feel strongly enough about in the first place, so they never quite make it on to the blog. Sometimes I’ll go for the easy option and put together a photo post or a list of quotes, but it still involves quite a bit of work actually putting the content together; more than it would take to write up a random idea.
I’d love to be more organised, or have an endless list of ideas, but I guess that’s not how blogging works.
So I’d love to know: how do you deal with the posts that you don’t feel proud of? Do you share them and hope for the best or do you hit delete? Have you ever got a response that surprised you to a post you thought would bomb?