This blog post was written in Scrivener.
I think you’re all well-aware of my Scrivener addiction by now. I’ve posted reviews of both the mac version and the iOS app, and a YouTube series devoted to the topic is in the works. But today, I’d like to talk about a very specific use for the program—and one often overlooked.
Scrivener for Blogging
I used Word files to organize my blog posts for a long time. Why? I have no idea. I thought about using Scrivener, but I didn’t want to take the time to switch my files over and start a new system.
Don’t be like me.
Switch to Scrivener now. Even if you don’t transfer your old stuff into the program, make the switch and worry about that later. Organizing my posts in Scrivener is so much easier. I can keep track of everything, and all my posts and ideas are easily accessible in the binder. I never have to worry about sifting through folders full of random files. Plus, it’s reliable. If Word crashes one more time…
Instead of telling you all the reasons Scrivener is amazing—fan girl status—I’m going to give you a look at how I use the program to organize my blog posts. Keep in mind this is in no way the only system you could use. One of the great things about Scrivener is its flexibility. You can adjust to fit your personal needs.
Quick breakdown of my situation: I have this blog (obviously), but I also manage the blog over at Stuff Writers Like. And I keep posts and schedules for both in the same Scrivener file, as well as info for my YouTube channel.
Because my YouTube channel is fairly new, my system is super simple. It's similar to my personal blog's organization: a folder for ideas, one for published videos, and one for drafts. Because not every YouTube video I make involves planning or written scripts (working on the fly!) this section is pretty baren. I do have a file for my video description template. I copy/paste and customize for each video.
This folder contains files for in-progress posts.
I create a new file for each separate idea. When I begin actually writing one, I simply move the file to the Drafts folder.
After publishing a post on the site, I move the file to the Published folder.
The final file is the publication schedule. I publish new posts each Monday so I list the dates for every Monday a month in advance, and as I write posts to fill the slots I fill in the titles and color code. Blue means the post is loaded on the blog and either scheduled or ready to be posted. Yellow means it’s been posted.
Stuff Writers Like
SWL Publication Schedule
My publication schedule for SWL is similar to that for my personal blog. The only differences are that for SWL we post specific types of content each Wednesday, and we post four times a month, rather than once a week (which only makes a difference if the month has five Wednesdays).
I use placeholders to denote the type of content needed to fill the week’s slot. Then it’s the same as my blog. Title means the post is written. Blue it’s loaded. Yellow it’s published.
At SWL we publish work by guest authors once a month. I use a single file to keep track of all their information.
Because of the monthly schedule, I use different folders for each month, rather than breaking posts up into ideas, drafts, etc. Each time I create a new monthly folder, I create four files. Just like in the publication schedule, the title of each file is the type of post until I find or write something to fill it. Having everything organized by month makes it super easy to find what I need when I need it.
9. Guest Posts
This is my folder for posts I've written for other blogs or websites.
10. Saved Code
If I make a change to the html of my site, but I want a backup, this is where I keep it. For instance, I’ve stored away the code for a previous blog footer featuring my YouTube channel.
That’s it! How simple is that? No matter what I’m working on, I know to open the Scrivener project titled A Writer’s Ramblings. I’m always able to find what I need—giving me more time to focus on actually writing blog posts!
If you have Scrivener and you’re not using it to organize your blog posts, what are you waiting for? Your life could be much simpler in just a few minutes.
If you don’t have Scrivener, oh my, are you missing out. I’m going to leave some links below. If you click on them and give the fine people some money, you will be the proud owner of this incredible program. Also, so you’re aware, I’ll also get a little money via their nifty affiliate program. But that’s not why I want you to buy Scrivener. If you decide to purchase Scrivener elsewhere, you should do that. I sought out their affiliate program because I am so in love with the program. Trust me, I’d be writing this whether I were making money off it or not.
Here’s the links. Do as you will.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. I love talking Scrivener! And be sure to let me know how you like the program. Happy writing!