Draft Queen

LA in her post today was talking about how many drafts we have as bloggers. I know I have a lot of drafts in there, but I was surprised that I had almost an equal amount of drafts as I have posted. Oh my!

What about you?

Why do I have so many drafts? And why don’t I just delete the ones that aren’t relevant or that are now passé? Because honestly they tell a story and I am not ready to let them go. So am I holding onto trauma or the past by keeping those drafts? Perhaps, but it suits me for the moment.

Because when I read back on some of those drafts, I can see how far I’ve come. I can see my story and how it’s evolved. I sometimes even get inspired by a draft and rework it to where I am today (from where I’ve been) and it feels good.

Writing is so cathartic to me and many times when I can’t say something, I write it. Sometimes I just need to let it out which is why many of those drafts won’t ever be published because they could hurt someone I love if they were to read it, even though the sentiment and emotion were absolutely true for me at the time I wrote it. But many times it doesn’t serve me to tell too much or to bring up sore subjects or to tell others’ secrets who may read this one day. So I silence myself by not hitting publish.

Do you have a lot of drafts? Do you delete them like LA does? Or do you keep them hanging around like I do? What’s your motivation for what you do? Just wondering…

Thanks LA for a great Monday morning topic…perhaps some decluttering is the way to start my week. One blog draft at a time….

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20 Responses to Draft Queen

  1. LA says:

    You do you. But make sure nothings clogging the path!

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  2. The V Pub says:

    I don’t have any blog drafts. I have plenty of songs that are in draft form, and the same holds true. I listen to them and they provide a good indication of my progress as a songwriter.

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  3. scr4pl80 says:

    The only time I really have drafts is when I am preparing for the April Blogging from A to Z challenge. I like to get all the days prepped with the badges and basic titles, etc. so when I actually get down to writing the posts, it goes quicker. Otherwise, I just post when I write. That’s probably why sometimes I don’t post very much!

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    • janieleeds says:

      Wow! Good for you Janet! What’s April Blogging from A to Z challenge? Can you tell me more about it?

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      • scr4pl80 says:

        Sure! During the month of April, every day except Sundays, you write a post using a letter of the alphabet. I have done it for about 6 or 7 years now! Last year I did a post for each letter of the alphabet using the concerts that we have seen and my scrapbooking pages of those shows. A was for Abba, B for Boston, C for Clapton. Here is my “A” https://scr4pl80.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/a-to-z-challenge-2020-abba/. You can choose any kind of theme you want or just go with no theme but use the alphabet to guide your posts. One year I did the A to Z of what is in a Michael’s store because I was working there at the time. You can find the main info page here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2021/03/. The theme reveal is on March 8. Love to have you join us!

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      • janieleeds says:

        So cool! Thank you for sharing with me! I do remember your concert theme now that you reminded me. :). I love this idea and thank you for the links! I will be checking this out! Oh, it will add to my drafts if I do it! LOL

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  4. Ainsobriety says:

    Zero drafts.
    I only write when inspired and post immediately. I should proof read more, lol.

    If I didn’t do this I think I would never push post.

    Anne

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  5. petespringerauthor says:

    When I am struck with an idea, I just sit down and write. I would estimate that 90% of the time, I formulate an idea, write, proofread, and post right then. I don’t ever remember doing a draft for blog posts. On the other hand, I’ve lost count of the number of drafts I’ve had on the book I’m working on. I want that to be its absolute best.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Good luck with your book Pete! That’s exciting! Good for you with not having drafts because you write then hit publish. 🙂 What’s the book about if you don’t mind my asking and you’re ready to tell us!?

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  6. bone&silver says:

    I glanced up and saw I had 11 drafts sitting there. It’s been 11 for ages! Some are just old stories now… a couple I haven’t returned to yet… a couple are almost blank! I am inspired to delete now: I’ve changed so much, and so has my life, which is a good thing. Declutter Janie 🙂 x

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  7. bone&silver says:

    Me again, reporting back: just checked all 11, and 5 of them are just the titles. A couple are great titles, but I’ve no idea what I was going to write! haha

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  9. Funny I thought about this yesterday and thought of writing some called from the pages to life. I visited a draft yesterday and hit publish after. I had a discussion with another blogger who said “I can’t be like you, I’m afraid of what those who know me will say”
    My truth is I don’t hit publish because it hurts me more than it will them.

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    • janieleeds says:

      That happens to me too Lafieta! Many times I write a post and then wait to see how I feel the next day because I want to look at it from all angles. And I want to see how I feel by posting it because, yes, sometimes it’s just so hurtful to myself. Big hugs

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