10 January 2018

Why I Have 'Rainy-Day' Blog Posts (and So Should You)

I promote honesty here. After all, this is probably the place where I'm the most honest about everything- from personal aspects of my life like being 19 and never been kissed, matters of the heart (whether that be in the online world or offline) and other more light-hearted content. Each post I write has an imaginary 'stamp of integrity' attached to it, or I wouldn't post it.

The only reason I'm telling you that is because the title of this post is a lie and otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post right now. Let me explain. I usually have several 'rainy day' posts lined up to go in the inaccessible comfort that is my 'drafts' folder. Usually, I have at least three posts that I'm ready to put out just in case my life goes into crises. On some days I just can't find the time to get a post out, mostly because I'm a badly-organised human, but other times it's because I have other things on my mind which hinders the creative flow of my words and as I promised, if a blog post isn't flowing out of me with integrity I don't post it. I stop and don't try. For those days, when motivation is low I can release a magical 'rainy day post' that makes it seem like I'm a magically organised blogger on top of her game.

Let me explain to you what this concept is: One week you may find that blog posts are streaming out of you like music from a radio, but you may find that you don't need to post all of them. If it's an 'evergreen' piece that isn't a timely piece then you should store that post and keep it for a day when you can't get a post out.

I see this concept as being different to scheduling blog posts. Scheduling blog posts for a month's time away means that you know you'll have content. Rainy-day posts are your emergency or 'back-up' content. It's the unplanned stuff that I'm talking about- a fractured arm, a broken laptop or a busier-than-planned non-blogging schedule.

Do you know what 'rainy day' blog posts need? 'Rainy day' photos. Whether that be blog flat lays or images of you wearing the latest faux fur coat on a stranger's garish red doorstep, unpublished photos are a 'rainy day' must, too! If you're publishing unplanned content, a few photos here and there wouldn't do you any harm. You'll be so grateful for the photos you never got round to posting, I promise you that.

"The only reason that I wrote this post is that all my 'rainy day' posts are sitting in my cosy, draft folder."

Remember I promised integrity and honesty? Well, here goes: the only reason that I wrote this post is that all my 'rainy day' posts are sitting in my cosy, draft folder. They're all half finished or don't have the magic that I think a blog post needs. Some just aren't pieces that I'm proud of but can't bring myself to delete.

So, here's me, writing about 'rainy day' posts when I wish I had some myself. Learn from me.
Do you have rainy day posts or do you get impatient and post them all?

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  1. I love this! This is definitely something I need to start doing but I think generally I need to be a bit more organised ��
    I have some drafts but most are just titles and ideas of what I want to write...just need to write them!
    Great advice.
    Aimsy xoxo

  2. Yep, I totally do this too! I usually post any time-sensitive posts when I can (months in review, blogmas, veganuary, etc.) and save factual ones for when I've hit a block. Posts collecting dust in my drafts that I'm actually really eager to finish/ publish are: backpack pin tour, my tattoos and piercings, top ten drag queens, tips for first-time flyers, scrapbook throwback, etc.

  3. I'm totally the same with having half finished blog posts in my drafts that just don't have that blogging magic I want them to have. But I think this year I'm going to try and have some 'rainy day' posts in my drafts since I feel like I might be pretty busy this year at some points with university and all.

    Sophie's Spot

  4. I used to do this all the time and it helped me so much! Now that I've got back into blogging again I will be doing this - I already have a few ideas :)

    -Charlotte x

  5. I'm afraid to say I don't have any rainy day posts at all. If anything, that explains why I was so inconsistent last year. But of course this year is different.😄😏 Good on you for being organised while being UNorganised at the same time.😂😂

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

  6. I don't either have rainy days posts nor do I post them all haha I have few drafts which will probably never see the light of the day cause I've never prepared photos for them and now I'm just too lazy. I usually write 2 posts for a week (cause I post 2 times a week) and I do so each week. However, it's usually writing at 3 a.m. day before posting :D
    I agree that it's good to have back-up, but I'm not the type to actually do it haha

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

  7. I used to have rainy day posts but now I don't have any - I used to treat blogging a bit like work after I left school and didn't have much else to do. Now that I'm at uni I usually just blog whenever I got time and feel like writing which makes blogging less of a chore for me but on the other hand it means I post more inconsistently. I think it's great that you're so organised, I just get too impatient to post something once I've written it haha xx


  8. This is such a good idea Steph!
    I also would like to let you know I tagged you in The Mystery Blogger Award, I hope you have as much fun as I did writing it.

  9. I think rainy day posts are a great idea but it's a lot harder said than done! If you're an organised blogger then it would be fairly easy to have a couple spare posts lying in the drafts but I barely have enough written to post once a month. And like you, many of my unfinished posts are just not "up to scratch" and I'm better off posting nothing rather than half-hearted ones... maybe, or maybe I'm wrong. ^_^

  10. I'm going to start doing this soon. I'm finishing work on Thursday and I don't know when I'll next be getting a job (it's super tough out there!). I'm going to use my time practically and get lots of posts drafted for when I need them. Great post, Steph!

  11. I really need to draft up some rainy day posts! I broke my laptop last month and panicked so much about not getting blog posts up.

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk


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