Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Today's post is the product of a few concurrent experiments in saving
time or enhancing productivity. For my proof-of-concept, I am
using Pinboard to store the
location of a post,
excerpted below, about finding time to write, along with a few
comments of my own:
But if you want to be a writer, then be a writer, for god's sake. It's not that hard, and it doesn't require that much effort on a day to day basis. Find the time or make the time. Sit down, shut up and put your words together. Work at it and keep working at it. And if you need inspiration, think of yourself on your deathbed saying "well, at least I watched a lot of TV." If saying such a thing as your life ebbs away fills you with existential horror, well, then. I think you know what to do. [minor edits]The comments I saved after reading this ended up making up most of the first paragraph of this post and most of the next.
From here, I used a script to extract the bookmark and comments from my exported bookmarks, and save these as a markdown file for further editing before posting. I'm also testing an emacs customization to rid the post of "smartquotes". Both experiments have succeeded. I now have a good way to quickly write at least the rudiments of a blog post from any computing device. In particular, this is a much more effective way to blog from a smart phone than having to futz with inserting hyperlinks with a virtual keyboard, which is a pain even using markdown. The mobility of a smart phone would make it ideal for blogging, were its software better-suited to content creation. This is the next best thing: minimizing the obstacles said software presents.
On a related note, I found the above inspirational post among a few others gleaned from a search for time management tips for writers who have young children. (These links seem promising after a quick scan, but I won't vouch for any of them beyond that.) My kids are sleeping more reliably, thereby giving me more and better time in the morning. Nevertheless, I want to keep blogging daily even as I take on more complicated writing projects again. Taking better advantage of my phone when, say, I'm stuck in line, can only help.
P.S. One resource on time management for writers that I do recommend is the book Time to Write, which -- right around when my son was born -- I briefly commented on here. I plan to go through it again in the near future.
1-22-15: Corrected a typo.