From very early on in my blogging days, I’ve scheduled almost all of my posts ahead of time. Another pattern has been that I don’t usually write a post all in one sitting. My writing output varies, but often it doesn’t keep up with the ideas that I want to write about (although that’s not exactly a gushing fountain either). All of that means that at any given time, I have 2-3 weeks worth of posts scheduled, and a variable number in my drafts folder.
I really don’t know how busy other people’s drafts folders are, but I thought I’d talk about my own and hear from you what’s going on in yours.
At the moment I’m writing this sentence, I have 32 posts in my drafts folder. That’s more than usual, and it’s because my writing output has been slower than usual, so posts are lingering longer in drafts before getting moved over to scheduled.
I have 6 template posts that I make copies of for recurring series, as it makes things faster. Those stay permanently in the drafts folder. They’re all titled staring with TEMPLATE so I can distinguish them from posts in progress, but occasionally I forget to change the name of the copied post and don’t notice it until it’s published.
Speaking of recurring series, I’ve currently got four what is… series posts sitting in drafts that I started and kind of forgot about. The oldest draft I’ve got is a what is… post that I started in June. I got partway through writing it and then lost interest, but perhaps I’ll resume working on it at some point. Occasionally, I’ll delete drafts, but usually, I let them hang around until I eventually finish them.
I usually start my weekend wrap-up posts early in the week, and then it sits in my drafts folder and I add to it throughout the week.
Usually I come up with an image fairly soon after starting a draft. Out of my 33 drafts, 8 don’t have graphics. Once there’s a feature graphic set, it becomes easier to look through my drafts and see what I’ve got going on.
When I’m deciding which draft to work on at a given time, I’m guided to some extent by what’s happening at the end of my scheduling queue. If the last post scheduled is for a Thursday, I’m more likely to staring working on a what is… post for the Friday. My brain struggles with making decision, so if my structure reduces the need for decision-making, that makes my life easier.
So, that’s what my draft folder looks like. Do you have a lot of drafts in your drafts folder? Do you tend to write posts all in one sitting?