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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