Not that anyone’s watching but if they were, they would notice that I’ve started blogging again both here and on my recipes site. There were a few things that really made the difference in my starting again but the biggest was realizing that I could actually employ mobile devices in my blogging strategy.
The interesting thing here is that I made zero changes in my blogging tool. I'm still using Jekyll hosted on Github Pages. These changes were purely in how I approached content. You could use this with Jekyll, WordPress or any blogging tool.
Here's what I did:
- The biggest change was my adoption of Apple Notes as a core text editor. Yes it isn't perfect by any means but the fact that Apple Notes is a standard thing across my iPhone, my iPad and my OSX laptops means that I have a simple way to always create a blog post no matter where I am. The Sync on Apple Notes seems to be flawless and it is fast enough that I now use Apple Notes as a "paste buffer" between my boxes.
- I turned off Smart Punctuation on all my iOS devices so I don't have issues with a curly quote in a MarkDown file.
- I turned off Smart Punctuation on my OSX device also, Apple Menu, System Preferences, Keyboard, Text, uncheck Use Smart Quotes and Dashes.
- I copied into my Apple Notes Blogging folder a markdown template for how I like to create a post. When I need to start something I just copy it in at the top of the post.
- I added a Belkin keyboard to my iPad converting it from a tablet to a lightweight, long lasting laptop.
And this is what my blogging strategy now looks like:
- Go into notes, wherever I am, in whatever computing device I have handy.
- Open my template post and copy all of it.
- Create a new note and paste in my template.
- Write. Lather / Rinse / Repeat as needed.
- When I’m ready to publish, go to my actual laptop and copy the title off the post. Then I execute a “jekyll post (paste in title)” and press enter.
- I go back into the note and copy all of it with command + a, command + c
- I open the resulting post in my MarkDown editor of choice, TextMate.
- I paste in the text and make any residual edits / adjustments.
- If I don’t have the Jekyll Server running, I start it with jekyll s to generate the correct feed and such.
- In the command line, I do a git add / commit / push cycle. I also wrapped this into a shell command so I can just type ./postentries.sh "some description of what i'm posting" and have all of this handled for me (including step 9).
- And then everything is online almost instantly.
Writing this out does make it seem convoluted but it is actually pretty damn seamless and the ability to use any computing device I have at hand for content creation makes it wonderful.