A blog is a lot like a junk drawer for a writer. You toss stuff up on the screen that doesn't have a home anywhere else. Stuff that you might need somewhere down the road. Stuff that is incredibly useful but rarely needed. Analogies that shine light into the basement when the bulb burns out. Metaphors and similies that act like batteries for that flashlight. Random thoughts that work like paperclips to hold scenes together. Character traits that stretch or connect conflict and motivation like elastic bands or bits of string.
Like any good junk drawer, a blog needs to be sorted through, or cleared out to make sure the candles didn't melt, the matches didn't get wet or the ideas grow stale. Which is one of the many reasons I've resisted a blog for so long. Just one more procrastination tool/chore that keeps me from writing.
On the other hand, I had a great insight the other day about shoes and characters that I lost because I didn't write it down anywhere.
What's in your junk drawer?