Janice Hall Heck

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#AtoZ, 2014: U is for Unfinished, Underdeveloped, Unprintable Posts

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When I started my blog in January of 2012, I worried that I would not have enough ideas to keep a blog going. Turns out, I have too many ideas. As ideas pop in my head at random moments, I try to make note of them by starting a new post with a half-baked title and a few notes tossed in the body of the post. Sometimes I go back and work on a particular post, but sometimes it stays in that skeleton form for a while.

I started yesterday’s post about Twitter Followers quite a few months ago, but the #AtoZ Challenge prompted me to finish it for “T” day.

WordPress says that I have published 321 posts, but I have another 313 drafts percolating in the queue.

Now come the hard days in the #AtoZ Challenge: V, W, X, Y, and Z.

What writing quirks will I come up for those letters? Hmmm. Maybe I will have to scout my Garners’ Modern American Usage. I should be able to find some juicy tidbits there.

But first, I’ll scroll through those 313 unfinished, underdeveloped, and unprintable posts that I haven’t looked at in a while. Maybe I’ll find some other treasures there.


Wish me luck.

Your Turn: How many unfinished blog posts do you have waiting in the queue?

Janice Hall Heck, retired educator, blogger, and nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ, is quite possibly a grammar geek.

logo 2.2Oh Heck! Another Writing Quirk,  theme for the amazing 2014 A to Z Challenge, suggests ways to improve our writing by avoiding and/or eliminating troublesome bug-a-boos that cramp our writing style.

Look for a list of posts for the #AtoZ, 2014 Challenge (Writing Quirks) here:  #AtoZ: Q is for Quirky Index and a Q Post Round-Up

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12 thoughts on “#AtoZ, 2014: U is for Unfinished, Underdeveloped, Unprintable Posts

  1. hollyssis on said:

    Good luck, Janice, it must be quite a challenge to even come up with a theme for the A-Z blogs. It’s amazing that you found so many things to blog about.

  2. Have you tried keeping an editorial calendar? You can just do something simple like a calendar page. Use Post-Its and then you can rearrange as you change your mind about when things go up.

  3. Not many waiting in the queue … but too many that have never been started. I’m the queen of unwritten posts! Of course, most of my time is spent homeschooling my five children, so my writing time is limited. I’ve been grateful that the A to Z challenge keeps me writing daily.

    • I love the title of your blog. You probably write a lot of posts in your head while you stand there folding towels and underwear. Good for you for homeschooling. That is quite a challenge, but also a great opportunity to teach your kids your own values and priorities. Sometimes things get lost in the shuffle at school. Teachers do work very hard (I was one), but curriculum requirements sometimes get overwhelming. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      • Yes! A lot of writing in my head while I do the laundry …

        I used to teach school as well. It was a hard job and so many times I felt like I couldn’t reach the students who needed me the most because of the curriculum requirements. Two of my five kids have Asperger’s (a high functioning autism) and then I have a very gifted child as well. I figured if I could teach other people’s children, I could teach my own … and I’ve never looked back. It’s been the most enjoyable and humbling experience of my life. And truly, I give kudos to all the great teachers out there working to educate children.

  4. I have about four in draft mode, and the chance of me finishing them is minimal. I like to link blogs to what’s happening in my life ‘now’ so once the moment has past I lose interest. I do think it’s good to link the a-z challenges to a theme though. Themes make everything shiny!

    • The chance of me finishing some of the posts in the queue is minimal. Oh well. The timeliness of some of them has passed. The interesting thing is that I get more repeat views on my non-time related posts. Some of my old posts on grammar get as many or more views than some current posts. That actually has encouraged me to do more posts on grammar. Working the A to Z on a theme has forced me to stay on topic with grammar and writing techniques. Thanks for visiting, WANA friend.

  5. I thought the same thing, that I would run out of ideas to blog about. With the A to Z Challenge I have put all other blogs on hold. I have 3 unfinished blog posts…and lots of blog ideas that I have been writing down (or I’d probably forget them..lol). I find that I think of things to write about at the strangest of times such as when I’m almost asleep, driving, and even when I am in the shower.

    • I probably another bunch of posts I have written in my head but never got down on paper. I just can’t remember them when I finally get to the computer. That’s why I throw titles or word clips in a new post. At least I have a few clues to what I was thinking about. Of course, some times the clues are too strange. They are of the “What in the world was I thinking when I wrote that?” type. BTW, I love your blog title.

  6. Good post Janice. I caught up with mine today, but it will soon have a couple going back on as I try to work out which way to go with X, Y and Z.
    I’ve been trying to keep up with all your posts since the outset and you are one of 15 I’ve been working at following. I don’t know about you but on top of all my other projects it’s now getting tiring.
    I don’t have an issue with finding a topic to fit my writing theme, but even my tight discipline has been squeezed to do this. lol

    • Yes, I’m anticipating Z day. Blogging almost daily is hard, and I have slipped behind a few times. But Z day is coming! Not that I have a solid topic for that day, but the next day is May 1, which means I could take a break. But May 1 also happens to be Martin Mollusk Day down at Ocean City, NJ, and I want to go see him in person this year. Good thing we have the weekend to think about X, Y, and Z.

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