I am not currently pleased with the quality or quantity of blog posts that I am writing for either of my blogs. Part of this is due to the fact that I am probably attempting to do too many things at once, and some of it is due to the fact that I have no solid blogging workflow process. So lets ignore the rational solution, which would be to cut out a few projects, and attempt to outline what could be my blogging process:
- Idea Generation - in a moment of inspiration you come up with an idea for a blog post, and now need a place to keep this idea until you can write about it.
- Rough Draft - at this point I typically get all of my ideas for this blog post down "on paper".
- Let your post marinate - This was covered in a post here , about letting the blog post sit for a bit, and allowing your ideas to fully develop. It prevents what the author calls "writer ADD".
- Links and references - at this point I usually go back to fill in links and references to material that I am referring to throughout the post
- Reread and publish - reread the post one more time looking for an errors, then publish.
1) Idea Generation
2) Rough Draft
My first pass is either in Microsoft word, or directly in a blog editor. Writing things in word was initially more natural, but significantly more frustrating as i tried to carry that level of text formatting over to the web. This lead me to trying to write directly in my blog editor.
Performancing - this firefox plugin has been very good for publishing posts. The only reason I don't use it more is that Ecto and Writely seem to be more powerful from the workflow perspective. They both allow you to keep track of all your posts for all your blogs, and to a certain extent which ones are rough drafts and which ones are published to your blog.