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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