My Blogging Process – 2014 edition

Over the past few months I have revised the way I write my blog. My research comes from a range of diverse sources, my RSS reader Newsblur, is the prism through which I view the online world. I am signed up to some email news letters including Paul Armstrong’s Orange Concentrate, Design Taxi and Benedict Evans’ weekly email drop. I also have started to get more content from WeChat’s moments section and a few Twitter lists that I have set up. Having a cloud cut and paste function like ClipPick | Skip has proved invaluable in transferring material between my mobile devices and my Mac. There is something magical about the way Skip works.

I still start the ideation for posts in the same way I have done for a good while. Either with a mind map in a Moleskine book drawn with a Muji gel ink pen (black only – like my coffee); or freestyle from a set of links I keep in my augmented memory (aka pinboard.in). Occasionally writers block may set in and I look to Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for creative inspiration.

But the process of getting the posts down has changed. I do my initial draft in Noisli. Noisli is a distraction-free online text editor. It allows you to play white noise in the background, which comes in handy when I don’t have my iPod to hand.

I can then save the post down as a text file on to the computer that I am using, or cut and paste it from Noisli. I usually cut and paste the text into Hemingway. Hemingway acts like an editor recommending where to simplify copy structure to improve readability.

More information
Pinboard (here is my public account page)
Moleskine
Muji
Newsblur
WeChat
Orange Concentrate
Noisli
Skip (the service formerly known as ClipPick) by Sentence Lab of Korea
Hemingway