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1 • Automating iOS: How Pythonista Changed My Workflow

Writing Workflow

"I’ve previously written about my writing workflow; you can, however, find more recent additions here and here. As far as iOS is concerned, the biggest change was Nebulous Notes, which, like I said, altered my perception of iOS text editors thanks to macros. If I need to write a blog post on the iPad or iPhone, I can’t use any other app.

I have very specific needs when it comes to “work”. In an unordered list of importance:

  • I need to publish blog posts to WordPress.
  • I need to generate valid HTML for the Markdown I write my posts with.
  • I want to visually preview the Markdown text to make sure the layout of the post is right.
  • I need to upload images to our CDN.
  • I need to convert images to another format and change their output quality.
  • I need to upload images to Dropbox quickly.
  • For articles that include iPhone screenshots, I want those screenshots to look like this.
  • Once I have the link to an image, I need to generate the proper img HTML for MacStories.
  • Occasionally, I may have to download files.
  • I generally create reminders for things I have to do in OmniFocus or Due.
  • I bookmark links I find interesting with Pinboard.

On the Mac, these tasks are made simple by Sublime Text 2 and the Finder. As I’ve previously outlined, Sublime Text can be extended with some fantastic Markdown-related plugins; with the Finder, I can easily upload images from the Desktop to our CDN, I can access any Dropbox file thanks to the Dropbox app, and, when it comes to quick image modifications, I’ve come to trust Acorn and Keyboard Maestro to do the heavy work for me."

More ideas on how to get iOS into your blogging workflow. On the Mac side, I am stuck, and still using MarsEdit as my blog editor.


2 • How We Write for TUAW: A Look at Blogger Workflows and Tools

“I love it when another blog comes up with a great idea that we can borrow, and that was the case over at iMore when Rene Ritchie published a post over the Memorial Day weekend titled ”How we write for iMore: Our workflows from Mac to iPad to iPhone and back!"

Not surprisingly, just about every one of the iMore writers and editors has his or her own method of writing on specific devices and then moving that work into the Drupal 7 content management system that is used for that blog. Here at TUAW (part of AOL Tech) we have our own powerful Blogsmith CMS to work with, so I decided to see what tools and workflows our blogging team uses."


3 • Workflow With Sente, Devonthink, Scrivener Using Hazel and Dropbox as Glue: Part 2

"On Mirroring

In this second post, I am going to talk about a method, rather than a tool (software). I call the method “mirroring”. The method is a complementary approach for syncing. I generally like syncing files across my macs and iOS devices. The problem is: syncing is possible only when the app developers offer it. For Sente, for example, you can sync your Sente library to your Sente in IOS. But, you can not do so to other applications such as Devonthink; or Scrivener. The tags in Sente are not visible in Finder; and the notes and annotations, all are specific to the application. It is a locked application in that sense. Most reference managers are lock-down applications, unfortunately. I would be wise to avoid them; but they facilitate workflow."


4 • Writing a Blog: Creating a Clear Blog Post Structure

"A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about obtaining an attractive writing style. I gave some practical tips to make your blogs more readable. In this post, I will give practical tips to help you set up a nice and clear blog structure. Before the end of this year, I will write a final post about text objectives.

Why is blog post structure important?

It really pays off to think about the structure of your piece before you actually start writing. The structure is the skeleton of your text: it will help the reader grasp the main idea of your text.
Writing awesome articles will not instantly improve your ranking. But: in the long run it will definitely have a positive effect on your SEO! Well structured texts have lower bounce rates and higher chances to receive social media attention.
Post with clear blog post structure will also result in higher conversions on your website. If your message is properly understood by your audience, chances are much larger for them to buy your products or return to your website."

Alexander Kucera

5 • Blogging Workflow…Again

"Anyway, a major hindrance was that my blogging workflow wasn’t working quite right yet, which in turn was like an invisible wall that I was just too tired to climb each time I want to post something. Luckily, I have had the last two days to tinker with it and to figure it out. Now I have a pretty solid workflow. Well, at the moment it looks solid. It is not battle tested however. That’s what future blog posts are for.

But since it is a little involved, I thought I’d write it down here right away. For one so I won’t forget and also some friends asked me how I am handling blogging from iOS to my Kirby blog."

Another CMS blog point of view.