Recently Mark Britz raised the question of whether or not you can benefit even from the posts you do not publish. I have to cast my vote that yes, just going through the thought process and focusing on what you want to say can be beneficial at times regardless of whether or not you ultimately click that “Publish” button.
That led me to realize that one of the thoughts I often have when hovering over the publish button is a question that goes something like “Will anyone really want to read this?” It’s a self-censoring thought that I am trying to limit. Especially, when I look back at the stats and see that some of my most popular posts were ones that were more spontaneous and sort of unrelated to the typical content I post. If I’d given them more thought they might never have happened.
As the saying goes, “Perfect is the enemy of good” so go ahead,hit that publish button – and even if you don’t you are still better for having begun.
I’d love to hear if anyone else has experienced anything similar.
- What is the most popular post on your blog?
- Is it one you would have expected to be that popular?
- Are there any surprises among your top posts?
- Do you look at your blog stats? If so, what do you look for and how does it impact what you post?