BAsPC: Blogging Tools and Aides

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here.

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Blogging Tools and Aides: Blogging can take time and effort, share what you use to help you get your posts finished and published. Think software, note-taking, writing materials, websites, linking…

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I love organising. I have OCD so I really love organising when I’m stressed or anxious about something, which can be often as I also have General Anxiety Disorder. Funnily enough, my organisation skills don’t work out as well as I plan with my blogging.

I treat blogging a lot like I do writing with organisation. I’m one of those writers who comes up with all these awesome ways of being organised for it, and then I don’t utilise them…

  • Whiteboard: To quickly make notes and list what’s coming up.
    • More Common Scenario: Me sporadically scrawling book titles on the whiteboard when I’m sitting in front of my desk and updating my schedule. I’m rarely sitting at my desk…. The desk is small, against a wall, with things beside it. I don’t particularly like being closed in and my back begins to hurt when I sit there for too long. As for the whiteboard… well… I do write titles on there, as well as dates for blog tours, and I have made lists for what I have to read next, but I tend to write other information there more often than not. Information for appointments, quotes for repairs, phone numbers, and calculations for my writing schedule.
  • Corkboard: To keep press releases and my paper notes in one handy place.
    • More Common Scenario: If I have paper notes up there I tend to forget they exist. I have had success with pinning press releases to the board though, except I forget to take them down. Mostly I will pin mail to my cork board. Mail and prescriptions. The cork board has worked great for those.
  • Mac Calendar: In order to see what’s coming up.
    • More Common Scenario: Seeing as I am on my Mac when I’m blogging, it seems like a reasonable idea to use the calendar on the there, right? Well I began to. I even set reminders and specific colours, but it didn’t last. I actually don’t like the calendar app. Having to open it up and put dates in… can’t I just write it down?
  • Coloured Pens: I have blue, pink, purple, green, red, and a black pen all for colour-coordinated organisation.
    • More Common Scenario: I actually use these! With my wall calendar. Joy. I rarely use the pink and green, mainly because they look horrible against white, but I use all the other colours.
  • Coloured Whiteboard Markers: Again with the colour-coordinated organisation, but on the whiteboard.
    • More Common Scenario: At first I was using specific colours for different areas of information and then that failed dismally. Now I’ve got a new thing where I will draw the calendar month on the whiteboard and make that colour-coded. We’ll see how that goes…
  • Scrivener: For a way to have an offline archive and to draft up future posts.
    • More Common Scenario: It’s an extra ten steps, or something, added to the whole blogging process and now I can’t be bothered. I don’t have time for an extra ten steps. I’ll just use Scrivener for writing fiction.
  • Notes App: Just in case I get stuck out somewhere without all the above I’ll revert to notes for ideas.
    • More Common Scenario: Sometimes I actually take notes on my phone! It makes me happy it will wirelessly sync up with the notes on my Mac so I don’t have to add extra steps to finding my notes. Unfortunately I don’t have the world’s best memory so I tend to forget my notes exist…
  • Wall Calendar: To have events and my schedule visual without opening up the Mac calendar.
    • More Common Scenario: My wall calendar isn’t actually on the wall. I don’t have room for it, believe it or not. My desk/office area is not only for blogging, but for my writing as well, so my wall is taken up by two whiteboards, one small cork board, and one large cork board. However… the wall calendar, combined with my colour-coding, has been working beautifully. It’s my favourite.

Out of all those tools to use, the wall calendar is my most current one. I’ll sit at the dining table, one of my housemates has an office chair there (he was meaning to take it into work, but I think he is too attached to it now), and set up my calendar and pens next to my Mac. I’m happy to spend an hour there updating my schedule, drafting blogs, and ticking off dates.

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If you’re yet to join in, you can do so! If you don’t want to, you’re still welcome to share here in the comments.

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