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Writing Blog Posts Off-Line

After leaning into the calendar feature in WordPress for over a year, I’ve gone back to writing blog posts off-line. It’s been great to see the big picture at a glance. The calendar allows me to see what’s scheduled. I know what’s a draft I need to complete. I can see what days don’t have anything set up. It requires being online, though, and I’m trying to get away from constant connectivity.

I’m going back to the way I used to do things. That’s a Scrivener file, dedicated to the blog. When I’ve written a week’s worth of posts I can open up WordPress, cut, paste, format, schedule, and get back off the internet. I don’t have to write with a web browser open, and the looming temptation to open other tabs and fall prey to the web’s many distractions.

Having things in Scrivener also makes it easier to collect posts into a zine, or even a book. It’s something I’ve done before, with moderate success. I’m still considering doing a monthly ezine that collects all of the prior month’s posts into a convenient epub or Kindle format. If I do that, it will be a freebie design to maybe drive some more traffic here to the blog. I may experiment with it for October, November, and December, and based on the results decide whether or not to keep going into 2021.

Writing Blog Posts Off-Line

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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Bearblog Fascinates Me, As If I Need Another Thing

7:00 am EEST (GMT+3). This is the June 25 2020 daily proof of life post. I want to talk about Bearblog and why it fascinates me. The last thing I need is a solution in search of a problem. That’s decidedly not minimalist, even though Bearblog is.

So, you’re asking, what the hell even is Bearblog? It’s a bare-bones blogging platform. White page, black text. No graphics, so style sheets, just text and hyperlinks. Because it’s so simple, it’s readable on any device. You can just write, and read, and focus on the words. It’s beautiful.

Unfortunately, I have no use for it right now. Between this site and the business site, I have things covered. I do not need to go looking for an excuse to sign up for an account and use it. That would just be making more work for myself.

Converting this site to Bearblog would mean throwing away all of the time and resources I have invested here. There’s also the issue of not knowing how well-capitalized the company is. While it looks like one guy’s personal project, it is backed by GitHub which is owned by Microsoft. Except maybe it’s just hosted on GitHub? It’s hard to say, which makes it kind of risky. I’ve been on the internet log enough to have put money and effort into sites that no longer exist. I’d hate to start a blog and have it just disappear one day because the company went under or the developer got bored and moved on.

I bookmarked it in case I ever do need what it offers. Until then, I need to move on. It can stay in the daydream world with other things that might have been.

Bearblog Fascinates Me

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