Trying to get back on track

I’ve fallen behind on regular posting here for a few weeks. Mea culpa. I’ll try to fix that.

Mea Culpa (Part II)

Mea Culpa (Part II) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My future plans – some dreams not yet a reality – include:

  1. guest posts (I’ve invited a few people; now I’ll see if that pays off)
  2. an update on my Blogroll (some of my links have been inactive for a long time)
  3. Interviews (a dream right now. I have to ask them of people)
  4. I’m now using Trello  along with Scrivener to build up my posts;  the former offers encouragement to my writing, and the later organizes it.

    Scrivener (software)

    Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll start number 2 now.

 

Scrivener for Blogging, part 2

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My first attempt to write this disappeared — which is why there was a long delay between the last post and this one — so I’ll write this over from scratch.

(This is part of the benefit of writing a blog in Scrivener: you have another copy of things available. I had begun this post before, but it vanished from where I’d begun it. Now I have to start it all over again — but I won’t lose it once more.)

You’re probably wondering why there is a need for another Archive when there’s an archive already in most blog software.

The answer: when a blog has been around for awhile (I have one that’s several years old, for example) it becomes very much a chore to wade through. You can track through posts in Scrivener by creating tags set up in the Keyword tab. That takes a few seconds.

Also you can save multiple versions of your posts in Scrivener or even save them as Snapshots. You can save a post as a draft on many blog software (like WordPress for me) but it only saves one version. Multiple ones is a better option.

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another benefit: this way it’s possible to work on several posts at once. In this way you can keep several posts at once, to keep up a more regular schedule for posting (I know: I haven’t done that in a long time. I’m working on it). I’ll try that, and see if it helps.

Having separate folders for Guest Posts and Affiliate Links will help you to keep them at the ready, and in the case of Links ready for you to access to reuse as needed.

So, Scrivener can be an excellent tool to keep a blog with. I always try to practice what I preach. We’ll see if it helps me.

 

Blogging with Scrivener

I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Hopefully using this app will help.

As I’ve stated here a few times, I use a program called Scrivener for organizing my writing in non-fiction and fiction. What I didn’t think of was another aspect of non-fiction: blogging. Now thanks to research on the Web and on Youtube, I’ll be giving it a try.

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FORMAT

Every post is a separate text file. I divide them into separate folders for each month, with those folders divided into one for the year. I also have one to Archive old posts after I publish them (part of the content strategies that I’ll share in another post), one for Guest Posts, and one for a weekly journal of what I produce. There’s also a folder for Leftovers, fragments of text that I don’t use right away, but may use in another post.

The Research folder, as with any other project, holds all of your research materials.

The Trash folder of course holds the materials that you remove from your posts, only to restore them if you want. It sounds like the Recycle Bin in Windows.

You can edit the Labels; instead of ‘Chapter’ I use — not a surprise — ‘Blog Post”; I use the Statuses for first draft, etc.

You can keep your posts as Drafts until you’re ready to post.

POSTING

There’s not a complex way to do this. You can do a simple Copy and Paste into your editor window (I’m using WordPress, but some people use Blogger, some Typepad or Xanga or even another service / application. They have a similar posting method).

Another way to do it is by the Compile command in Scrivener itself. You can do it as RTF (which can be read by a standard WordPress installation) and many other formats. The other that I think will be useful in many blog software applications is HTML format.

Many blog applications already keep Archives, but you can save the time that you lose online by getting it right here.

Once you post it you then store it in that above-mentioned Archive.

I’ll stop here; this post will have a Part 2.

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