To help out your new years resolution of writing more blog posts (and to help out mine of sharing more information and getting back into writing), I have outlined the entire writing and researching process that I use and have used back in the days on GoogleCrumbs, DownloadSquad, GeekBeat and GigaOM. Although some things have slightly changed due to new app availability, the workflow has stayed somewhat the same.
This post builds on what we have learned about writing a quick blog post.
Blog Posting Workflow
The idea archive as I call it, is key to working through and listing out your potential blog posts. While I originally layed this out in in a Google Doc, I now prefer to use Trello. Its a great way to visually organize lists of cards for projects (that can also be shared with a team!)
Within Trello, I create my blog posting board column like this:
- Inbox: my idea archive.
- This Week: articles that I have tasked myself to complete or work on.
- Research in Progress: more in depth items go into this bucket – this is where I pull my ideas, research and bullet points together.
When I start working on a post, I move it over to Evernote to write, rewrite, rewrite and rewrite again before laying it out in WordPress. Again, being able to access it anywhere I can at this point is key to getting it done; sitting in a cafe, waiting in a line, putting the kids to bed.
When the post is at 75-80% it gets moved over to WordPress in draft form. This enables me to lay it out, find an image and read through it to see if it makes sense, its easy to read, and linked up with the proper keywords, tags and categories.
Yes, this is a pretty simple process. But keeping the process as simple as you can not only helps you stay on track with your posting schedule of sharing your knowledge and experience, but helps others grow from your quick turnarounds.