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One female’s blog-theme was, “Am I The Only One With 57 Unpublished Posts In A Word File??!”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 Not one of them had that many unpublished “posts.”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?
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. 😀 😎