Before I started using Scrivener for blogging, I searched to see how others were organizing their content — no sense reinventing the wheel here!
I found the following four articles, and summarized their input into Scrivener Benefits and Functionality sections, so you can see how each of them has organized their Blogging Binder, and the functionality they’ve come to rely on to keep their blog articles on track and organized.
BY: JENNIFER MATTERN (April 2014)
- Becoming a Better-Organized Blogger
- Focusing Less on Formatting (and More on Writing)
- Writing Without Distrations
- Organizing Binder structure by blog
- “At this point I’m organizing posts by blog not date. In the case of the “All Indie Writers” blog I’m also using folders for the three main site sections — freelance writing, indie publishing, and blogging.”
- Blog Planning With Corkboard Mode
- Word Count Goals to keep track of progress
- Assigning a status to each post (from ideas and outlines to final drafts)
- Take notes in the Inspector window
Quote from Jennifer: “I’m an organization junkie. And that’s where Scrivener shines. It will allow me to organize my writing across multiple blogs, book and e-book manuscripts, e-courses, freelance writing projects, and more.”
Free Scrivener Templates:
- Jennifer also offers a download of a Scrivener Calendar template for 2014 and 2015.
- Ideal for bloggers who want to organize and plan their blog content by month, like the other two bloggers below.
BY; THADDEUS HUNT (August 2013)
- Using Word Targets to warn you when you’re being too verbose
- Synopsis and Document Notes as easy reminders when you’re reviewing your posts
- Corkboard View For reviewing your Posts
- Meta-Data tags to organize your content
Binder Set up Recommendations:
- Each Project is a Year
- Each Month is a Folder
- Each Document is a Post
Quote from Thaddeus: “Scrivener provides me with an one-stop-shop writing platform for my blog. With a little bit of groundwork applied up front, you get all of your writing organized and searchable, post by post, month by month, year by year.”
Website Link to full article: http://thaddeushunt.com/writing-scrivener-as-a-complete-blogging-system/
BY: SHARON HURLEY HALL
- Scrivener automatically saves every file in rich text format
- Great Planning Tool
- Powerful search features and the keywords are an important part of this
- Organizing Binder structure by Month
- “I set up a project for the current year, with folders for each month, into which I put documents for each post I work on. I added folders for my main blogs, and another folder for unassigned ideas.”
- It imports Word files easily and you can add images and other related info either to the research folder or to the project document.
- Research folder to store client briefs, information etc.
- The meta data section allows you to assign a label and status (each with a colored icon) to each piece of writing
Quote from Sharon: “For me, the biggest advantage of Scrivener is organizational. I’ve been moving all my stray ideas and unfinished work into Scrivener because it’s so useful to have everything in one place.”
Website Link to full article: http://www.getpaidtowriteonline.com/scrivener-great-tool-professional-bloggers/
Blogging Binder, and the functionality they’ve come to rely on to keep their blog articles on track and organized.
BY: BRIDGET WRIGHT (September 29 2014)
- It’s great for managing not just one, but several blogs
- Scrivener has helped me manage multiple blogs and multiple clients and keep everything organized
- Ease of Use
- I create each folder to represent a calendar month, and then within each month, a new document is created. That document is a usually a blog post date, or post title, or whichever you prefer. I use titles AND dates so that I can keep things straight.
- The word count feature is great because you can eyeball it while you’re writing and get a sense of where you need/don’t need to be.
- Autosave – LOVE this feature! It saves your work every 2+ minutes or so, which can save you possible headaches!
- I have the ability to color-code the icon next to the title post to indicate the post as published or draft mode.
- There’s a place for notes (brainstorming, marketing, etc.) and you can assign labels to the meta data section that will let you control your writing.
Let me know what features you most rely on.
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