Blog Ideas I’ve Rejected In the Recent Past
Posted by Alan Edwards
A lot of the time, I struggle with exactly what I’m going to write about at any given time. I imagine most bloggers feel the same way. Some of the time, though, an idea hits me and it’s so resonant inside my own head that it just flies out. Believe it or not, I don’t always write them, because of a sense of decorum.
Yes, I have one. It’s very small and goes by the name of Chester and is sad because of how little attention I give it.
But those ideas I’ve rejected in the past still rear up from time to time, eager to be written. I just know I can’t for one reason or another. As caustic as I can be, I avoid certain things just because I don’t necessarily want to come off as a loud, over-opinionated jerk with no regard to the feelings of others.
Hey, you can stop laughing anytime you want. It’s cool. I can wait.
But the least I can do for these poor rejected ideas is to list them here. So, herewith are some of the ideas I’ve had that have never seen the light of day. For the most part, the titles themselves are self-explanatory enough that their potential to offend are obvious. Others I’ll provide commentary for and explain where I was going with them.
Rejected Post 1: How People Are Like Wolves, and You Are Not an Alpha
This idea came from a long and fun conversation with my wife, Lady Aravan, when we were examining the group dynamics of people. I decided against writing it just because I thought it might make people think I was arrogant. Since that wasn’t the point I was trying to make, I was afraid I couldn’t make it work. Although I think it could be still be funny.
Rejected Post 2: Children Will Ruin Your Life
I don’t have kids. I won’t have kids. Kids are not for me. I am so supremely happy with my life as a DINK (Double Income, No Kids) that I was going to try to have fun with the concept and extol all the reasons why children are soul-sucking parasites that feast on their parent’s carcasses until the last shred of useable flesh is stripped from their bones. Again, the plan was to be funny. I was afraid, though, that all the people with kids that read it would want to hang me, cripple me, or somehow force me to adopt theirs. The risk was too great.
Rejected Post 3: Have You Thanked Your Designated Drunk Driver Today?
This post was going to be about the person that gets stuck driving every time a group drinks too much to drive safely. Say the actual Designated Driver decides to have a drink to loosen up, then gets encouraged to keep going by the other party-goers, until everyone who has to get in the car is drunk. There’s usually one person that gets the nod time and again to be the driver, since everyone trusts that person to do it well. It was a post looking to thank that person. I rejected it because I know that drinking and driving is dangerous and evil and I didn’t want to be seen as encouraging the behavior or otherwise asking someone to post a comment about how serious the subject is and how many people die every year because of it and that I shouldn’t be making light of it.
Rejected Post 4: An In-Depth Analysis of the Washington Redskins QB Situation Going Into the 2011 Season
No one gives a shit.
Rejected Post 5: Some Things You Might Not Know About Me
No one gives a shit.
Rejected Post 6: I Really, Really Love You Guys, Seriously, No Wait Listen To Me
I was drunk.
Rejected Post 7: Things That Men Think But Won’t Tell Women Out of Fear and a Desire For Safety
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It would have included wisdom like: “Wearing flat shoes with a skirt is just sending a mixed message that isn’t appreciated by anyone.” Plus, there are secrets that other men would murder me for revealing. Bro Code or whatever.
So there ARE some things I won’t say here. Although by putting this post up, am I just saying them with a slightly different spin on it out of Fear and a Desire For Safety? Good question. So for my fellow bloggers/writers, what are some ideas you’ve rejected in the past for various reasons?