A Salute to the Failed Blog Posts

I can’t even begin to tell you how many ideas I have for blog posts that never make it onto this page.  And the rough drafts are endless.  There’s no telling if even this will earn the honored status of “Posted.”

I’ve started to write reviews of movies that I’ve seen, but then I forget about them and they become irrelevant.  Or I feel as though I’m not doing a good job of reviewing a book because I don’t feel like picking apart every literary element of it.  Sometimes, I just like a book.  It really can be that simple.

Sometimes, I have really great ideas.  Epiphanies, even.  These undoubtedly occur while I’m in the shower, or driving, or cleaning dog poop out of the yard, or any other situation where I just can’t drop what I’m doing and write it down.  Or I make the mistake of thinking I’ll remember it.  You’d think I would learn from that mistake, but I haven’t yet.

Perhaps the worse attempts are when I think I have a good idea, but it all just melts into sophomoric mush when it hits the screen.  A topic that sounds truly amazing, like it could really be something special, comes out wooden and dull.  Bluh.

So here’s to the failed blog posts.  Here’s to the bad ideas, the good ideas gone wrong, the half-ass reviews, the drafts that just never get finished, and the ideas that simply get forgotten.  Because without them, the good posts wouldn’t be nearly so good.



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8 responses to “A Salute to the Failed Blog Posts

    • I get it, Ash, truly I do!
      I’m always worried about my book reviews too, I guess it comes from critiquing in class, huh? lol
      I realize that not every review on the same book tackles them exactly the same way, some are more casual and others aren’t. And I think it’s okay for us to write how we feel, even if we don’t truly dig in. Sometimes it’s just perfect to say “I freaking LOVED IT! Go read it NOW!”

      As far as other blog posts, i’m still trying to find my way around in this swirling pool of chaos too. Ugh!

      • It’s good to know I’m not alone! And you’re probably right: doing thorough critiques in class makes me feel guilty for not doing them here! Oh well!

  1. Jim

    I feel ya on the posts.

  2. I have seen this without a doubt. Sometimes the blog posts where I put in the most work and research crash and burn like a lead balloon. Then I’ll post a picture of a cute animal or a joke and it takes off. I’m glad WP provides metrics so I can try to figure out the formula, but so far, no logical patterns have emerged so I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully more things will work than not.

  3. I do the “I’ll remember it. … Wait, what?” thing all the time too.

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