There are few better things than publishing an awesome/successful blog post. But for every blog post that I publish, I have a post that I DIDN’T finish. I lost inspiration, or couldn’t figure out what to say. Whatever it was, SOMETHING caused me not to publish the post.
Today I’m going to share some of those posts! Obviously I don’t have the whole posts written, but I’ll at least give you the title of the post and explain what it was going to be about.
How to Plan a Wedding When Your Fiancé is from Another Country
I drafted this post, but shortly afterwards I realized that I didn’t really know what to say. There were a few things I could talk about, including how to decide which country to choose, and how to coordinate different traditions/customs, etc. But I couldn’t figure out how to put the pieces together.
Costa vs Starbucks in The War on Coffee
This was in the middle of my Costs/Starbucks obsession phase. I was going to analyse the two coffee shops and figure out who REALLY had the best hot chocolate and food items. As I started to put the post together, I just felt stupid X_X It suddenly seemed like such a bad idea.
What’s the Best Place to Buy Your Domain Name?
This was in response to a Bitchin’ Book Blog question and I think the reason I never published the post was because I could answer it in one word: NameCheap.
Why You Shouldn’t Have Links Open in a New Window
I have a feeling most book bloggers will go “WTF” with this one, and I think that’s why I decided not to publish it.
In the techy online world, it’s considered annoying when people make links open in a new window. It’s annoying because it takes away a person’s control. If you don’t make links open in a new window, you—the reader—can pick and choose which links open in a new window all on your own (middle click or right click then “open in new tab”). You have all the control.
But if a blogger manually makes a link open in a new window, you can’t stop it from happening. And you, the reader, may not want it to happen! This is when you lose control over your browser and how you want to navigate the web. It’s annoying.
However, I don’t feel like this mentality extends into the book blogging world, which has quite a few non-techy people who may not know how to open links in a new window. So… bleh. I didn’t feel like preaching.
Why I Don’t Like WordPress Theme Frameworks
This one has been sitting as a draft since February 2014! However, a recent post from a web hosting company (which was pro frameworks) may have inspired me to finally finish this post!
It seems like everyone and their mother (developers and non-developers) love frameworks like Genesis. I HATE THEM!!! I feel like nobody talks about why they hate them, so that’s why I wanted to publish the post so badly. But then… I don’t know. I guess it seemed like a ton of effort to actually explain it.
The Best Way to Get Book Bloggers to Delete Your Email
I never finished this one because it felt so “been there, done that”. Loads of people have written posts on bad review requests and I didn’t feel like I had anything new to offer.
Things I’m Tired of in Young Adult Books
This post was going to be all about the “zap of electricity” people feel when they touch the love interest for the first time. I’m SO sick of that!! But before publishing the post I wanted to compile tons of screenshots/photos of this happening in books, as a sort of “evidence”. But then I kept forgetting to take those photos, so it never happened.
Why it’s Better to Use the HTML Editor than the Visual Editor
I don’t think non-coders would ever switch to using the HTML editor, which is understandable. So what’s the point in ranting about the visual editor? I didn’t want to make people feel bad about using it.
How to Create a ‘Sandbox’ Version of Your Blog for Testing
I’d still love to publish this post at some point, but OMG HOW TO EXPLAIN IT?!?! This tutorial just isn’t fun to write at all. The actual process isn’t too hard to do, but it’s LENGTHY and there are quite a few complicated steps involved and that’s effort.
How to Change Your Blog URL – A Walkthrough
Similar to the above. Plus it’s hard for me to really explain how to do this when I don’t use cPanel, but I’d probably have to write my guide using cPanel since that’s what everyone else uses. But it’s hard to write a guide for cPanel when I don’t even have it!
WordPress Plugins That You Must Have! (round 2)
Someone asked me to post an updated version of my 15 must-have plugins for a WordPress blogger post. What’s changed? What’s new? etc. I thought that was a great idea so I immediately drafted the post. But then I realized two things:
- Not much has changed. At all. Maybe I could make one or two comments, but is that really worth a new post?
- I actually use FEWER plugins. I’ve become a plugin minimalist. I use as few plugins as possible and code as much as I can myself—everything from SEO to my email subscription plugin to my “ask me a question” feature. And if I use so few plugins, am I really in a position to recommend plugins? I don’t want to recommend ones I don’t even use!
I wanted to create a post geared towards the lurkers out there—the people who read blog posts but rarely comment. Then I realized… I had no idea what I even wanted to say. At all.
What’s the Point of Reviewing the Final Book in a Series?
This post is actually almost done, but I’m not sure if I want to post it! The gist of the post is:
Final books in a series usually get the fewest views/comments, because people are required to have read the rest of the series before they read that review. So, naturally, fewer people have the “prerequisites” to even read the post at all. If final books in a series often get 0-5 comments, it can feel really discouraging to even take the time to write them.
So I analysed all my series posts to figure out how many followed this trend of having VERY FEW comments/views. Here’s a tiny snippet:
Across the Universe trilogy
- Across the Universe (#1): 6 comments
- A Million Suns (#2): 4 comments
- Shades of Earth (#3): 2 comments
I think the reason I’m hesitant to publish the post is because I don’t want to run around doing too many “waaaa, what’s the point?” posts. I guess the whole idea just seemed a bit stupid once I had it all laid out.
Name & Shame on Twitter: The Fastest Way to Solve Your Problem
This post was inspired by a few companies I’ve been in touch with. I have a problem, I email them, they don’t respond. I email them again, they don’t respond. I resort to shaming them on Twitter (like “UGH, @SomeCompany won’t help me AT ALL! No response for 2 weeks”) and finally I get a response.
I wanted to talk about how unfortunate it was that this is often the case. Companies don’t care about assisting you until their public image is jeopardized.
The post made me feel a bit mean though, so it’s still sitting as a draft.
How Much Effort Do You Put Into Your Reviews/Blog Posts?
I drafted this post back when I used to make quote graphics for books. I wanted to talk about how I spent more time making the graphic than the review itself. This was kind of a case study of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith and how I had to spend a ton of time making the graphic. Then I got discouraged and didn’t publish the post because I DNF’d the book. But I did include the bulk of the post at the end of the book review.