I’ve got a problem. Will you help solve it?
I can’t effectively manage writing my blog posts.
It’s not a matter of time. I’m writing on three blogs, but two of them I only do a post a week. I can handle the volume of writing required.
The problem is managing and developing posts that are in progress. At any given time, I’ve got at least half a dozen posts simmering on the stove. There are usually more, especially if you count single line ideas.
The current method
I’ve got a big text file, where I jot down all my notes. This is where I flesh out ideas early on. The single line thoughts go here. A post sits in the text file until it’s 10 lines or so. At that point it starts to clutter my file.
Once a post is substantial on its own, I turn it into a draft in WordPress. This way I can start playing with formatting, etc. This also helps me push the post out, since I don’t like seeing drafts lying around.
I hate it
There are several problems with this method. First of all, it divides my projects into several places. I’d like to have all my developing posts in a single location. This way I can just go there and write.
Second, I can’t tag posts by the blog they’re destined for. This happens when I transfer them to WordPress, but not in the early stages while they live in the text file. I’d like to have a list of my posts, all in one place, tagged by blog.
Third, a portion of my writing occurs offline (usually on the bus). I can’t work on WordPress drafts unless I’m online. So I need my posts on my hard drive.
Can you help?
If you know anything that might help with this problem, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment so everyone can see.
The ideal solution doesn’t have to be specifically blog software. I don’t need to publish from there. I just need something (like a great text editor, maybe) to manage my posts during the writing process.
[tags]blogging, software, text editor, wordpress[/tags]
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