Here’s a little video I put together to share a bit about my blog workflow on a Mac. Here’s the gist:
- I use Scrivener to write, because it’s great for writing (that particularly delicate convergence of headspace, motivation and creativity that’s so damn hard to follow through on since you’ve found smush cat face). It’s got the fullscreen writing, the organization, the customizable typography… I like it a lot and wrote about writing with scrivener before.
- I write in Markdown, a sort of shorthand way to write that’s both easy to read and edit and it can be easily converted to beautiful, functional HTML. I’ve started writing all my notes in markdown because it’s so simple to get used to and can be converted to HTML in a click or two. I highly recommend getting familiar with markdown if your a blogger or digital note taker.
- Finally I’ll copy and paste the text i’m working on in Scrivener (which is written using the markdown syntax) and paste it into Textmate, the best ever mac tool ever for text ever. I do this because Textmate has this sweet little “convert markdown to HTML” button I can click and, BAM! We’ve got perfect HTML to copy and paste straight into WordPress, or Posterous, or whatever your “listen to me” weapon of choice is.
This is the process I use now and I think it’s so much better than what I was doing before. Maybe you like it too.