9 things to do when you accidentally post a Draft on your blog

Now just to be sure that I am connecting with people who have not blogged much, or whose blogging jargon are different than the one that my blog provider uses; drafts are those posts, that are not published yet as blogs. They might be unfinished posts, or things that you wrote when you were having an emotional downhill ride and would not ever actually post it, or a textual harangue against someone or something that you wrote just to let go off the steam. Hence being one of those contents that can put facets of you out to the public that you have hidden from them, a draft getting posted as a blog accidentally can sometimes easily be a permanent trauma-inducing nightmare. So here are 10 things that you can do when such a mishap occurs.

1. Suicide

Wo! Did that came too sudden and too directly in the face? Well, sometimes your drafts have more than you would ever want to reveal to the world, things that you are ashamed to even acknowledge but it is jotted down just because you thought drafts are not public and so the information stays just with you, and that you will edit it, and coat it with a pleasant veneer later, if ever it is to be posted. But you never saw the possibility of your stupidity being the very thing breaking into that secure shell and letting go all of those insecurities, infatuations, indifference and ‘in the face’ truths, out there in the open, for the people, the general common mass, to judge you, and if time permits, even grade your morality. Now, killing yourself does not sound like much of an overreaction does it?

2. Hack the platform

This is a conspicuous techie job. If you are well versed with online stalking, like the real deal online psycho-stalking, you probably are good with hacking. In which case, you have your solution right in front of you, disguised as this sinful skill of the modern world – Hacking. Hack into your blog service provider; delete all logs of anything ever happening for the last 1 day. It is like the small memory eraser stick of ‘Men in Black’ with the only difference of this one being easier, if you are a hacker, and if you are as radical as to hack your blog platform for an accidental post. Just make sure it is legal; or don’t bother; you were a dedicated psycho-stalker, legal issues won’t make much of a difference to your decision.

3. Memory Eraser Stick

Now that we have mentioned it, why not think of a less pragmatic approach. Make the memory eraser stick they showcased in ‘Men In Black’. Research it, engineer, and do it yourself. And once you are done with it, flash it on every individual in the world. Please do not think of going around on your private car, knocking at doors and flashing your stick when people open their door (okay that sentence can be totally misconstrued in a lecherously exhibitionist way). Think a bit practical. You just made a memory eraser stick, you are genius enough to make rockets and small spy rockets that will circumnavigate the globe, go to each crack and crevice and flash the many sticks, which you engineered, seamlessly.

4. Blame it on a friend

If you want an easier solution; you can always blame it on somebody else. Make a new post, laugh about the previous one, and say you will be deleting the blunder that your friend – who you had trusted you with un-password-protected laptop and blog account, and who wrote many embarrassing truths about you as a draft for some reason – committed. Culpable act, but you can live with it.

5. Blame it on a random stranger

Better than blaming it on your friend, just blame it on a random guy. Say that somebody hacked into your account “apparently” and did some weird things – the weirdest of which would be, that random stranger knowing things about you that none of your friends did. Anyway, cover up efficiently, and put it all on the anonymous third person.

6. Blame it on your other personality

This one is my favorite. “Now it even types” can be the title of the new apology post, and you can then start explaining this really cool, and really cool-y creepy fact, that you always had a split personality but it was only limited to occasional acts of small violence and murder and somehow it has crossed all its limits by creating an ethically wrong post. Gain sympathy. Though you will end up losing many friends after this explanation, but hey, nice cover up.

7. Blame it on the platform

Like every democratic citizen, when nothing works, blame the government (platform, in this case). Create a new post, do not right much in it, just write random things, things that are not relevant to you, give it a weird title, again not relevant to you, and post it. Then send an apology mail filled with diatribe towards your blog service provider. Tell how notoriously weird it is behaving, and that these random, irrelevant posts are going on as a trouble for many bloggers. Tell you have sent them a support mail and are waiting for a resolution.

8. Say sorry

Alright, be boring. Send an apology mail, with the first apology for sending an unfinished post, and followed by many apologies to any person or thing that you may have hurt with the post. Also tell, with a blatant and conspicuous dishonesty, that nothing written in the post was meant, and that it was just a post on the way of refinement.

9. Delete the draft. No one noticed.

Yeaaah probably no one noticed. I mean if u r quick enough and if your internet service provider is not highly mercurial, you can delete the post quickly and be assured that not many noticed. Of course, there might be many notifications with your title and an excerpt of your post, sent to people who follow you, and at such places; notifications which cannot be retracted. In which case, you should just kill yourself.

The right time to post your blog

“The right time to post your blog”

This often deludes many a blogger as almost every blogger wants to hit the web space with their post when the onlookers are the most in number. Be it for self-satisfaction of having a greater audience or for those ad-money, you would like to have a formula to hit at the right time. And that is what I was searching for, when I came across an infographic from KISSmetrics (see below) that deals with the question.

The science of social timing

The science of social timing

However I would like to add two pointers before you start acting on the information you gained from the above infographic:

1. Check timezones

Always, along with the social timings, also consider the geographic locations of the people who visit your blog. Most blog sites’ statistics also show where do you get the most hits from. WordPress does. In case your blogging platform does not provide this information, you have to settle for an assumption.
The reason this should be a concern is because you should try to be inclined with the social timings of the timezone which gets you the most hits.
When you have hits from multiple timezones and want to shift your audience from the majority you have currently,  consider shifting your social timings according to your favorite ones.

2. Schedule your posts:

It is always awesome to have contents to post, on a regular basis. However bloggers who work with contents that are random wont necessarily be blessed in a frequent fashion, and for such bloggers it is better to keep on writing whatever content comes in their mind in the form of proper blog posts and instead of posting them right away; save them as drafts.
The infographic gives you a good baseline that you can use to schedule your posts. Fix a frequency and then keep stacking new posts as drafts. Schedule drafts to your accord, so that during the times when you have an out-flow of ideas you can keep stacking your drafts and schedule them to be posted one after the other as per your schedule.
This way when you are in a writer’s block or you are just too lazy to think or write; your blog will still have posts coming on a regular scheduled basis.
If your blogging platform does not allow to schedule posts for later, do it manually.

3. Experiment and wait

Play around a little. Not too much, but a little. You have got the exact times when people and certain activities are the most active from the infographic. Try playing with these times a little bit here and there.
See the hits for about a week or may be two and then try a different schedule. Do not stray away too much from the standard times, as these times are collected from data of actual usage. And when you find the best schedule – Eureka!

introducing zingurs…

It’s the one group that has helped me remove even the last dangling traces of Acrophobia I had.
It’s the place where I got the confidence to jump off rocks without the fear of slope.
It’s the one thing that I am always excited about, as it removes me from my usual work and life schedules, puts me on a partially prepared plan and gives me some days of sheer craziness and fun.

Zingurs is actually our adventure group, and today on the 5th of September it finally has a live blog. So I had to post about it here, but I will speak no more. Here is the link to the blog – Zingurs