May 28, 2014

The time I deleted the blog post I spent so much time on

I don't know if this happens to other bloggers, but there are times when I write a blog post, go over it again and again to try to word it just right, and then delete the whole thing before hitting the Publish button because I think it sucks. Is that common? Or is it because I'm a writer and I don't want to publish garbage, even on my blog? (Yeah, I know, some of you are thinking that most of my blog posts are garbage anyway, but that's a topic for a different time.)

I just deleted a blog post because, although it started out as a good idea, I didn't have enough evidence to back up the point I was trying to make. I've deleted other posts because after I started on them, I decided the topics were too boring, too controversial, or I just didn't feel confident enough to talk about them. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Sometimes I think I should be more spontaneous and write about whatever springs to mind, even if it's half baked. After all, isn't that what blogs are supposed to be for in the first place? I'm not writing a book to be published or a news magazine, I'm writing a personal blog. One that almost no one cares about anyway!

So this post is my attempt to do that. If I had my usual filters on, I'd delete this post because, really, who cares about the time I deleted the blog post I spent so much time on?


  1. I can so identify with this post! (Though admittedly, I've probably deleted far fewer posts than I should have deleted...) I've also mentally wiped scores of material I've carefully cooked up in my head, deciding as soon as I'm situated in front of the keyboard that it's total crap. I suspect we're both doomed to second-guess ourselves for all eternity. But sometimes the half-baked stuff is the most fun to write, and to read. :)

    1. Ha ha, good to know that I'm not the only one! I've been thinking that, going forward, I should keep all of the posts that I want to delete, but just not publish them. Then maybe one day, I'll start a blog titled "The Lost Posts of H.S. Stone." :-)