How To Know When to Trash a Blog Post

Trash Kills Crabs
I’ve done a few posts on how to come up with blog post ideas. It’s not easy thinking of topics. At least a few times a month I come up with what I think is a brilliant idea only to start writing it and realize it’s total crap.

I think this is my third attempt at a blog post topic for this week and I’m not even sure it’s going to work. It’s not until I’m around half way through that I usually know whether or not it’s a keeper.

My first topic was too stupid to even admit. My second topic I thought had some potential, but I just wasn’t sure where to go with it. Here is as far as I got with this post:

FAILED POST:

How Would You Advertise Your Blog?

Most blogs don’t go for traditional advertising to drive traffic. A billboard or radio ad or Academy Award commercial spot is most likely out of the budget. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about how you would go about such a task.

Should you ever have some free time (because it’s so frequent for a blogger) think about what your advertisement would be and where you would release it. The answers may help you learn more about your blog and what your strengths are.

For example, what image would you use to

BACK TO REGULAR POST:

And that was as far as I got. I couldn’t think of any good examples to share. And while I still think there is some merit to this idea, I don’t know how to flush it out. Perhaps you can help me in the comment section. Or else you can tell me I was right to trash it and it’s a total toilet of a post.

When deciding if I’m going to trash a post, I try to give myself an honest opinion on if it’s a post that I would want to read. Is it unique? I try to make sure they add value and aren’t just out there in the blogosphere hanging out and helping nobody.

When you’re writing a post and you’re not sure whether it’s any good, that means it probably isn’t. If you’re writing a post and you get half way through without any idea of how to finish it, that’s probably not a great sign either.

However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be salvaged. It just means for this time and place, it’s better to move on. All these half-done blogs can be revisited at a later date and time. Sometimes just a bit of fresh perspective can help turn trash into treasure.

Do you ever trash posts? Do you revisit them later? Or if you’ve already put time and effort into something do you go with it until the very end?

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