The Blogging Routine

I spent a good chunk of today just surfing and writing articles to be posted over the next few days. An actual routine has formed to ensure that there’s something new every day, posted roughly at 9:00AM.

  1. Use Stumble-Upon to dig up some interesting links. Stumble-Upon is a plugin for your browser that allows you to rate web pages you like. As you rate more web pages, the database back end matches your tastes with fellow Stumblers. The result: a much higher percentage of interesting links based on your interests. It’s great.

  2. Do some followup link chasing as I form an opinion as to why I like something (or not). This is what takes some time…thirty minutes to an hour of finding appropriate supporting links and quotes, reaffirming foggy memories, and so forth.

  3. String together an article, with maybe an image or two to keep the page from looking too texty, and post it on the next available open day. I generally try to keep about a week’s worth of articles in the queue, and shift their publish dates around if topics seem to be “bunching up” too much on a given day.

  4. With a minimum of a post-a-day established automatically, I feel free to post supplementary posts based on things I read or do on a given day. These get posted immediately, unless it seems like it might be better to just add it to the queue. This post, for example, is being written because I just finished writing the “Academics” post and am still not sleepy. So I’m going to post it now.

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p>So that’s the routine. There are other types of articles that I eventually want to start writing over several days: the “Technical Reviews” for my interactive projects and “Guides” to various forms of new media technology based on questions I get from people. Ultimately, I’d like to have some useful references here for other people who are trying to make sense of the medium without being too pompous about it. I’m still feeling out what my online writing focus will be, and so far I’m just enjoying having this as an outlet. It’s good practice too.