WRITING WORKFLOW FOR BLOGGING

WRITING WORKFLOW FOR BLOGGING

A workflow in progress.

PROJECT:

What form would an effective blog written for a local church audience by a local church pastor?

     (Providing an example at Kinmundy.Wordpress.com)

What would be an effective writing workflow to develop that or any blog?

     (Blogging on blogging principles at RealityDisciplines.com – For exploring archetypes of “generic common sense”)

In developing this writing process for “The Writing Pastor” Workshop:

     What was my experience of developing a blog for a local church audience?

     What was my experience in developing an effective personal writing workflow for blogging?

     What did I learn? What worked and what did not work that might benefit others?


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INTRODUCTION

(Each line below will be explained in detail in one or more separate blog posts.)

PROBLEMS
My online history:  www.Disciplewalk.com (Fuller DMin project), Facebook, AmbidextrousChurch.com (blog – paradigm), Kinmundy.Wordpress.com (new blog) and www.RealityDisciplines.com (new blog). Purpose of each.
Problem: these websites have become an unmanageable flood of disorganized information and half-finished work.
Problem: my writing process is likewise disorganized and ineffective.

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HYPOTHETICAL SOLUTION TO TEST

Modular, structured programming: Andy Grove’s “black box”

     HIPO (Hierarchy, Input, Process, Output) model for modular software development.

My addiction to Acronyms. (HIPPO, SPRIG, A.PACT, SPRING, NIFTY, CRAWL, BRAD Cycle, SAD-BRAD)

Choosing a URL – focus – a narrow or broad market?

What is my calling to write? (Fuller DMin “Bobby Clinton Lite” class, MBA Purpose)

How can I write in “flow” as defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

Writing from templates. (QNQS, Monroe, Wilson, Heath Sticky Template)

How can I create a frictionless setting, frictionless process – bobsled run? (Model: Pamela Wilson)

What are the baby steps to overcome my workflow difficulties?

     (Procrastination, WOOP; 90-90-1 & Ideal Day by Robin Sharma)

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DAVID KUEKER’S WRITING WORKFLOW FOR BLOGGING

HIERARCHY – There is a plan.

Five Step Writing Workflow: HIPPO = Hierarchy, Input, Parse, Process, Output.

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INPUT: SPRIG sources. (I can clip information from all of these into Evernote.)

            Scanning (Barbara Sher)

            Pocket.com

            Reading books (Kindle allows for clipping highlighted passages into Evernote.)

            Ideas from Facebook

            Google search for information on specific topics.

Clipped into Evernote Inbox aka “Millpond/Reservoir” aka GTD Writing Inbox

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PARSE: Tag & Bag = *A.PACT. (Outline with prompts)

            Examine notes in the Inbox one at a time. (Input)

            What is this? (GTD)

            Is this an Anchor that I can build a post around?

                        MBA Test = SPRING = Solution? Problem? Reputable? Interesting? New idea? God?

                              SPRING: 

Provides Solution? Intense, widespread problemReputable – respectable? Market Interesting? New approach? God related?

                 No – Then “catch and release” – throw it back into the pond. (A.Library.Bin or even delete. Easier to search internet.)

                        (On Jan 1 all library items are moved to an Evernote “local” notebook on the primary machine; they are no longer synced to all devices but kept in a “local” notebook which is searchable.)

                 Yes – then Parse with A.PACT tags.

                        A. Add Anchor Tag.

                        P Project (Output Blog = WIP_Evernote notebook)

                        A Author/source – optional.

                                    (a. for book authors,

                                    ? for common web sources – Inc, Forbes, etc.)

                        C Category Destination (category on destination output blog)

                        T Topic tags (t., h. prefix – Topic or How) – Optional

            Bag: Move to Anchor_ Notebook in blog Work In Progress Stack (WIP)

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PROCESS – Write Basic Draft = NIFTY.  Rule: Edit in Evernote, Mirror Copy to Blog

            Note has quote, initial thoughts: QNQS format.

            Insert project template.

            Fill in blanks.

            Tune up – polish and troubleshoot.

            Yes: Ready to Publish by copying to blog?

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OUTPUT – Five Streams of Output =

Five Blogs, starting local (across the street) and moving outward: CRAWL

            Church: Kinmundy.Wordpress.com = a more effective specific local church.

            RealityDisciplines.com = more effective individuals, starting with me.

            AmbidextrousChurch.com = more effective churches.

            WesleyUpdated.com = connect Wesley original sources with modern insights.

            Lamentations – divorce, abuse, addictions, mental illness …

                        For future consideration, too personal and difficult to consider now.

Each blog has writing projects which correspond to categories and subcategories on the blog.

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Four Step Revision process:

BRAD CYCLE: This rewriting & revision loop fulfills the MBA purpose:

            “to add value to information from a variety of sources (input -> process),

            to provide innovative spoken and written solutions (product/output)

            for intense and widespread human problems (market)

            in harmony with God’s will (evaluative process)

            and validated/vindicated in the marketplace.” (fruit and fruitful harvest).

Posts “evolve” until they are mature and considered complete.

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Do … for each

BLOG post

REVIEW INTERVAL set.

            After a specific time, review this post in Evernote and on the blog.

                        1331: 1 week, for 3 months, for 3 more quarters for 1 year

                                          – “put manure around it” (Luke 13:6-9)

                                    Weekly review: review posts for past 7 days. 1 “BRAD” day per week.

                                    Monthly review: one day for month, review last 30 days for up to three months.

                                    Quarterly review: one additional day per quarter, review last 90 days, for 3 quarters.

                                    Yearly review: retreat, conclude that post/project is complete after 1 year.

            Tag with next review date.

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ADD VALUE CYCLES – add value to information to enhance MBA Purpose.

            1. Additional thoughts upon review?

            2. Additional quotes that would be helpful?

                        Use Evernote Context to link with items in Millpond (Evernote A.Library.Bin Notebook)

                        From google searching on this focused topic.

            3. Need to upgrade to a more complex template?

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DUPLICATE changes from Evernote to blog post.

            Rule: Edit in Evernote, Copy to Blog

            This allows Evernote Context to identify new resources.

Loop until the post feels completed … no more improvements.

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Expert system: How do I ramp up this workflow to a higher level?
– input from Pamela Wilson’s expert blogging process.
– input from Michael Hyatt’s expert blogging process.
– other input on other profitable topics.

SOURCES

The photo of two “right paths” is by geralt and is from Pixabay.

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