How long do you allow your first blog article drafts to sit before you edit them?
Do you use a blogging schedule?
Instead of being outside where my creative juices can flow, I’m stuck inside writing for my biggest day of the week. So, to help my creative juices, I’m listening to Bon Iver Radio on Spotify, drinking lots of coffee, and eating multiple Slim Jims.
I bring this up because last week we talked about ways to get inspired to write. In the article, Why Blogging is Like Losing Weight and How to Get Inspired, I shared that I love to write outside. The day I wrote that article, it was a beautiful day and I was outside soaking in the sunshine. The truth is that not every day is beautiful and some days you just have to bite the bullet and get the job done.
When is it time to give up on an article?
What happens when you are trying to get the job done and it’s just not working? Do you publish this less than great article? How do you know when it’s time to give up on an article?
These are all questions that have been weighing on my mind. I never want to put out anything less than my best work, but on days like today, I have to dig real deep.
So, like I always do, I started researching. I personally hate throwing out articles. I’ve already put time and effort into it and to give up on it feels…wrong. I needed some help in deciding when it’s time because when you write as much as I do, there comes a time when you just have to move on.
Luckily for me, Demian Farnworth of Copyblogger, had just an article to inspire me. In his article, 5 1/2 Reasons You Should Kill a Draft Blog Post, he provides great guidelines to consider when the article just isn’t working. Today, I want to share with you the 3 that I found most helpful.
- Repeating Work
Have you ever felt like you were saying the same thing over and over again? I completely agree with Demian when he recommends if you are feeling this way to consider scrapping the article. Providing fresh content daily, bi-weekly, or even weekly is hard. I admit that I have fallen into that habit of writing similar things.
One way to overcome the feeling of repeat is to set up an editorial calendar. It is also helpful to give yourself time to consider and research new topics and ideas.
- Days Later You Think, Oops
When you are trying to fit writing a blog article in an already packed day, a good idea in the moment can turn into a bad one in the long run. I agree with Demian when he says to sit on an article for days and if available weeks.
The problem I have is that many of my articles are time sensitive and I cannot afford to wait weeks. So, my back up plan is Robin, my editor. I run all my articles past her and again, I’ll admit that Robin has scrapped a few of my ideas and I am thankful for it.
- Is It Really Worth the Controversy?
Most of my articles are for small businesses. Their blogs are not a place for controversy. I stay completely away from it. Whether I’m ghost writing or writing here, I never want any of my readers to feel attacked. It’s just not worth it to me.
Instead, especially on this blog, I want my readers to feel inspired. Controversy can inspire, but the risk is not worth the reward to me.
What do you do when you feel like it’s time to scrap an article? Please let me know by leaving a comment below. I would love to hear how you handle it.