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Thought Draft Post
A session at IndieWebCamp Cambridge 2015, archived from live notes at https://etherpad.mozilla.org/indiewebcamp-thoughtpost
Welcome to the Thought -> Draft -> Post session
IndieWebCamp Cambridge 2015
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Tantek comments that the stuff he posts is a small percentage of the things he WANTS to post. A common problem. Currently organizes with two text files. In one, brain dumps thoughts with links and date. On occasion, for an occasion, cherry picks thoughts from the first file into a second, scheduled to be finished by a particular time, such as a conference.
Collection of ideas/Prioritization....Distraction!!
Is there a good way to collect one's ideas easily?
Is there a good draft selection method?
There are 4 layers of posting for tantek
- collecting random ideas
- prioritizing some of them as to be done before an event
- sorting/clustering ideas into a cohesive narrative as a post
- good writing, proper prose, article structure, beginning / middle / end
ben.thatmustbe.me - I post my drafts to my site semi-privately and iterate within my site so I have full control of the iterations.
I have some thoughts but don't have time to write a post.
I want to write some posts before an event, e.g. for that event.
I don't know what to write about!
My post is getting too big - how do I split it?
- How do I constrain the subject sooner to not overwrite or get lost on a tangent?
If the topic is able to split, then you know that or you don't.
If it can be split, then you've got a chapter book.
Your splits are more like pause for breath.
Sometimes I'm purposely pausing for input, which can benefit writing more about it later.
Write a few sentences, just a paragraph, short note commentary about what you've read.
Tagging can help organize the random ideas.
Then later collect a bunch of notes into a longer blog post
Timebox: set aside an hour to blog with the goal of publishing at least one finished post. More is better! If you get one post done, go for it and do a second one.
What is the level below draft?
Why not start in the same format and just keep it moving along?