I am guessing most bloggers have written posts and abandoned them for one reason or another.
I mentioned before that I wrote a long post on Saturday and then decided to trash it. There are several reasons I end up writing posts and never publishing them. Here are a few:
1. Strong Opinions – Saturday’s post was a little opinionated, and while I am not exactly a high-profile person, as a teacher of every single 6th grader in my small town, I’m not exactly low-profile, either. I know a lot of people. I’m guessing 99.5% of the people I know don’t read this blog, but I’d hate for someone to happen across it and be offended. If I have strong opinions, which I do, I keep them to myself. I do not discuss strong opinions on parenting/child-rearing, politics, etc. I really don’t discuss those too much in person either unless I’m with close friends.
2. Oversharing – There is a limit to what people need to know about me. I have a tendency to over share. I try to limit myself a bit not so much for my own privacy, which I don’t so much care about, but for the sake of being less annoying to my readers.
3. My Kids’ Privacy – I try not to share too many personal things about my kids. This is hard, because they’re so freakin’ cute and I want to show you all.
4. Time – Some posts are time consuming to write and I just never get around to finishing them. Classroom/teaching posts are always time consuming to write, especially if they involve links, pictures, etc. Often I’ll be doing something cool in the classroom and think, “Oh I should share this on my blog!” but then I never make time.
There you go. What about you? If you start a blog post or Facebook status or other online bit of writing and then decide not to post it, why?