Draft-Box Zero: project rules (permissions)

Draft box empty


Project:Draft-Box Zero?

This is the first post I am pulling out of draft. It’s an idea I’ve had percolating for years. It is as yet not completely polished, so I will probably edit it over time as my feelings about it change.

I have 48 drafts for this blog I have 53 drafts in my old blog My gmail has thousands of emails with drafts of various sorts


I plan to try to empty my file of drafts. How do you experience your draft box?

What is it?

My goal is to empty my draft (and associated) folders of posts, emails and notes: half-baked, percolating, concept-only, blog-maybe, etc by allowing myself to publish unpolished.

Desiring to have it perfect has: (a) kept me over-working some thoughts until I’ve lost track of why I considered posting about it in the first place, and (b) spoiled my enjoyment of  blogging, until it (c) made me avoid the computer, and (d) kept my blog content old.

How will it work?

Hopefully, by giving myself permission to publish un-polished, and a few rules to help me (1) take that permission, (2) contextualise or differentiate such posts somehow, maybe for me to review the project and maybe for visitors to appreciate the context and (?)


So, various structures could be used to nest my draft-babies: categories, tags, titles, headings, custom-post types.

What holds me back?

Shame, for not being perfect:

  • Knowing enough to be interested, and possibly having investigated associated thoughts, but not every aspect of this thought that came my way
  • Not having anything to add yet – I may want to let people know I’m interested in the topic, but have not worked on it myself
  • Not being first with it
  • Not having pictures to go with it.
  • Having lots of associated thoughts but insufficient cohesion to present it neatly.

So, Rules/Permissions:

To publish unpolished,

I may:

  1. tag with draft-box zero
  2. Leave the topic completely unexplored, except for at least one line of personal context.
    …The context could also be a tag orcategory, it could help to have a set of contexts:

    • bounced (?if I do not name someone else to comment?)
    • handballed (?if I name someone specific to comment?)
    • spitballing
    • navel-gazing
    • Would like to do
    • Needs flesh (for my ideas or my extension of others’ ideas that I haven’t finished and don’t know when I will-how is this different from unfinished?)
    • unfinished
    • needs a picture
    • second stomach? (more thoughts on topic partially handled earlier)
    • other contextual tags I’ve already used before (starting points, to do, about this, just because, worth reading, gang agly)
  3. Use question-marks liberally
    — and other textual indicators of incompletion or uncertainty (I would like to learn some of those)
  4. Publish with a past-date
    • if it is more of a diary-entry than anything else, or
    • if needed to allow a tagged series to appear together in a particular order.
  5. Edit later as I please, even re-write and republish.

I will *not*:

  1. I will *not* publish a list of links, even an annotated list without a darn good excuse – such posts are hell to receive in my feed reader (and I may call out some names in a grumble post) because: (a) I rarely have time to explore all the links or even half of them in one reading; yet (b) at least one of them looks interesting enough to look into when I do have time; and (c) if I keep half-read posts in my reader, I feel uncomfortable at its silent disappearance into the mountain of unfinished and (d) it is ???
  2. I will *not* eschew netiquette or good sense just for the sake of draft-box zero.

At least one person (Sara Davis) has beat me to public use of the phrase “draft-box zero”; but we clearly have similar feelings around it: empty blog sadness, pressure of the unpublished, hesitant release of half-baked posts…

Draft box empty

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How to search own posts in Facebook

Determined to avoid repeating myself, I needed to know if I had already posted about the petition I’d signed… how could I find that out? 3 steps (from logged in timeline screen).

  1. In timeline, click Activity Log

    In Facebook timeline, click Activity Log

  2. In Facebook Activity Log, left side menu, click Your Posts

    In Facebook Activity Log, left side menu, click Your Posts

  3. In Facebook Activity Log Your Posts, Enter search terms

    In Facebook Activity Log Your Posts, Enter search terms

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New Year’s Day 2015 = colourful

Treasure hunt bookshelf by Aimee Stewart

In jigsaws and company.

Treasure hunt bookshelf by Aimee Stewart

What are your New Year traditions?

For many years my sons and I have had a variety of ‘traditions’ for New Year – being together and with other people we want in our lives, eating treats from our Dutch heritage, blowing bubbles, wearing new clothes, burning words. It has also become ‘traditional’ to do jigsaw puzzles with GUF and any other loved ones we can wrangle–this year the above was the first beauty of the day. The bubbles, new clothes and burning were given a miss this year while my back recovered from excess end-of-year cleaning.

This year we’ve been delighted that my friend Ceccy‘s visit for digital professional development lasted over the change of year.  Life is lovelier when Ceccy is around.

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The most challenging thing about today was … #blogjune

The Country Town _ 2000 pc jigsaw puzzle

Thanks sis. The contemplating caterpillar suggested I share the most challenging thing about today.

? … ?

Challenging: testing one’s abilities.

Wanted :

I wanted a way to extract data from particular cells in multiple workbooks to give me an index to the content of those books (which are named with numbers).


I had no prior background in VBA, but with a rough question google helped me find a macro by Ron deBruin that I guessed might do something like that… then I worked out how to edit the macro, then how to run it.

The Country Town _ 2000 pc jigsaw puzzle

This big (2000 piece) old puzzle and my job have much in common. (The puzzle is called “The Country Town” Tower Press. (c.1960). Gold Medal #4774)

But the post title is also true, #blogjune may arguably be the most challenging: it is taking longer, has looser parameters, and its hard to know when its done.

Payback, sis:

What makes some challenges enjoyable, but others unpleasant.

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I missed a day — and I liked it #blogjune

I missed a day –

Somewhere in our exchange of posts I missed a topic from my sister, and Sunday flowed away with perhaps a passing thought to #blogjune sometime during the night.

-and I liked it

For most of Sunday I worked on a jigsaw puzzle with my uncle (my sons’ GUF).

Sunday's puzzle


So today, when I finally saw the topic sis suggested I write about: “the benefits and difficulties of prioritising”, I figured this all ties in.

The biggest benefit of prioritising is that:

you get to choose

You can prioritise what makes you happy, or satisfied or what you think will take you towards your goals, or what you believe (true or not) to be important. The second biggest benefit is that you get to rationalise your priorities in ways that make you feel good, and maybe feel that the world becomes a better place.

Bike boulevard in Tucson
Creative Commons License Steven Vance via Compfight

The difficulties of prioritising are:

  1. choosing, and
  2. knowing enough about the choices (recognising all one’s options, risks & benefits of the choices), and
  3. accepting outcomes and
  4. owning even the negative outcomes of the choice.

Over to sis:

Tell everyone about this:

Wet penguins

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