I often like to draft my blogposts in vanilla Markdown without messing around with YAML front-matter until publication.
Jekyll does a good job of inferring the title from the filename and the date from the date-modified metadata, but it doesn't use a default template unless you define one in the front-matter like so:
I think allowing the definition of a default template for drafts would be incredibly helpful in streamlining the draft writing process.
We can definitely offer some defaults (à la #969) but you will still need the ---. We don't want to tell you the _drafts folder can only be used for our drafts, so an empty YAML front-matter at the top will still be needed.
@mikegreiling Try front-matter defaults.
Front-matter defaults should work for you here!