Money In The Bank

Another heaping helping of OCD??
No thanx!  I’ve got enough already.

The first 15 blogs that I posted, I typed directly into WordPress, and published immediately, subject to random fits of creativity.

THEN I GOT SMART!

I found out about opening a Word file, composing whenever the Muse and I had a one-night-stand, and posting on an established schedule.  Soon I had a dozen posts ‘in the bank,’ ready to go as needed.  Over several years, that number continued to climb – first to 15 – then 20.

I take this blogging thing as seriously as I used to regard any of my jobs.  It is a self-imposed penance.  Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.  It has been nine days since I have written a word.
Say five Hail Marys my son, and create three amusing posts.
  (Just not about The Church, my son.  His Holiness has heard about you, and has sent me an email.)  😈

I can’t be trusted to produce a steady output.  Whenever I have a flash of genius, or just steal a post-theme from another blogger, I bank it in my ‘Blog Notes’ file.  I schedule to publish three posts a week.  I would write three in a day, or five in three days – then not produce a thing for a week.  Once I banked thirteen posts in eight days, and produced nothing more for over two weeks.

Of course, four of those were comedy posts.  I trawl for acceptable jokes, and drop them into the same file.  Control-C/Control-V them into their own posts, and I can build four of them at a time, in an hour.  Slowly but surely, the bank gained interest.  Soon I was up to 25…. and then 30 waiting posts.  Add a few – publish a few – I only worried when the total fell below 20.

Finally, I reached 35 in the bank, and then, a particularly productive week came upon me.  Even with publishing three, the sediment deposit piled up to 39 – and I was so proud of myself.  A tour through blog-post land quickly let the hot air out of my balloon.

One female’s blog-theme was, “Am I The Only One With 57 Unpublished Posts In A Word File??!”
57??  Who does she think she is – Heinz?  It only got worse from there.  One reader stated that she had 113.  Another lady claimed that she had 125.

I need someone to squeeze my head like a lemon rind, to get a few more drops of snark out of me, and onto the page.  The online conversation continued, and finally, my heart palpitations calmed down.  Not one of them had that many unpublished “posts.”  What every one of them had was – an idea here, a theme there, an interesting concept, an opening sentence, a paragraph or two of prose.

The best thing about my posts is – They’re finished.  Interesting or boring, educational or mind-numbingly banal, peaceable or confrontational – they’re done – ready to publish.  There were 41 titles on my unpublished list, but this was one of three that weren’t actually complete yet, so I’m still only at 39.  If I can just get those other two completed by Friday, I’ll set a new personal best record.  How about you??  Do you bank posts?

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Between the time this post was originally composed – and now, I accepted the 2022 BEDA Challenge – Blog Every Day in April.  Besides my regularly scheduled 13 posts, I will need another 17.  I have composed a warning post, to be published in late-March, and nine of the seventeen others.

With COVID closing the Canada/US border, Erato, my Muse, has not been able to get to Daytona Beach to take part in Girls Gone Wild videos.  She’s been snuggling up to me, and whispering in my ear more than usual.  My unpublished list has reached 55 twice, and now hovers nearer to 50, than 40.  😀  😎

19 thoughts on “Money In The Bank

  1. Newbloggycat says:

    Nope, I don’t bank posts. Just leave me a loan. Lol! 😜😂😂😂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I have composed a few posts at the request of other bloggers, but everything I write is published here. I have been asked to submit work to other blogsites, and I know bloggers who have done so, but I always worry about What If. It feels like standing in line at the food bank, and having the guy handing out the baskets ask me for a loan. 😯

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      • Newbloggycat says:

        You should try doing guest posts for other bloggers. Don’t overthink it. It’s quite fun and it’s a great way to grow your blog readership. (●’ᴗ’σ)σணღ*

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      • Archon's Den says:

        Perhaps next year at the end of April, when I discover how many I have to withdraw from the bank to fill the month. Maybe I’ve become known for always refusing. No-one has asked me to guest-post in quite a while. Often such a request is theme-specific and time-sensitive. I don’t deal well with deadlines. As you know, I have been re-blogged numerous times. 🙂

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      • Newbloggycat says:

        You can guest-post for me anytime, any theme. 😉😅

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  2. I bank posts too. And currently, I’ve got 75 and yes, all of them are ready to be published. I’m saving them for a rainy day 😅😂

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  3. Rivergirl says:

    I currently have 39 fully finished posts scheduled and ready to go. But I do it in WordPress not Word. I get twitchy if I don’t have at least two weeks worth.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I know how you feel. Even at only three a week, I always seem to be playing catch-up. No inspiration for the 100-word Flash Fictions isn’t too bad. I’ve got 2 WOWs, and 2 Fibbing Fridays to fill in with. The worst seems to be the ’21 A To Z Challenge. Twice, recently I was still madly composing Sunday night – barely typing in the last period before I clicked on Publish. 😳

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      • Rivergirl says:

        That’s too much pressure. I don’t do any of those prompts, just lucky enough to have plenty of ridiculous to fill my drafts folder.
        🤣

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  4. rulesoflogic says:

    Sorry, I like to write “in the moment.” I don’t want to risk being out of touch or having a post be made irrelevant by very recent events. Just to be clear, I have written almost 1,200 posts averaging over 500 words each in the last 3 1/2 years.

    Different strokes for different folks or DSFDF.

    https://disaffectedmusings.com

    https://disaffectedmusings.com/about

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Oops! You anchored two links in your comment, and WordPress dumped you into the spam-filter. I hope I didn’t hurt you, when I dragged you out by your bunny-rabbit ears.
      I also like to write in the moment. Like when I find another suitable COVID joke. It goes at the top of the pile, to be published before the panic finally dies down. But it’s always nice to have some generic posts ready to publish when inspiration fails me. (All too often)
      I am nearing 1500 posts, averaging 500 words, but it’s taken me almost 10 years to get there. 🙂

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  5. 1jaded1 says:

    I joined WP as a reader. Someone asked me to contribute to their blog and I did sporadically. I’m now an even more sporadic poster, like once every two years. It’s more fun to read. I was asked to guest a couple of times, but there were deadlines.

    I’m once more a reader, and I love reading posts such as yours, banked or not.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Thank you for a peek into your blogging world. When so many in the blogosphere have disappeared, you have been with me for a long time – commenting and liking. It always gives me a nice warm feeling to have you visit. 😀

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  6. I’m fascinated at how your ingenious mind works though. I just write my newspaper articles about once per week and post a YouTube video every few days. I don’t bank any articles, although I have about 30 songs in various states of completion, with only a few completed on my YouTube channel. You’re so funny that I would love to see you post some YouTube videos.

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  7. First, thanks for liking my post. I thought I’d come over and see what you’re up to. I like your sense of humor, and I really admire your post banking skills. I’d never thought of that, honestly. I’m lucky if I can post two a week (I may have done it once). I’m an in-the-moment poster and I’m easily distracted (Squirrel!). What was that? Oh yeah…Now that you’ve planted the idea in my head, I might try post banking. I don’t think I could get up to 30, though.

    Oh, and I like cats too, so I see we have at least two things in common (cats and occasionally posting about Catholicism).

    Thanks again. Please consider following me, and have a good day.

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