Easier blogging

To grow your blog audience, you have to post regularly. I have periods when I post every day, but sometimes I just don’t have it in me. If I’m not feeling great, sitting in front of my laptop can be unpleasant. It tends to aggravate my MS sensory symptom (tingling in arms and legs).

I always have content ideas, and I’m likely to write posts on my phone. The problem with phone posts is that the app doesn’t offer all of the WordPress block editing tools. Another problem is that the ShareASale site is not mobile-friendly, so adding affiliate links is a no-go.

Commonly used blocks dialog box

I asked myself what I could do to reduce some of the hassles that come with writing a post. Here’s what I came up with.

Cut down on categories

I’ve been using WordPress since 2010 and I got into the habit of creating too many categories for my posts. Assigning a category or categories to a post requires a bit of effort. Sometimes I create a new category without realizing that a similar one already exists. To alleviate the problem, I have begun to consolidate my categories. For instance, blessing, Death, and Dreams fall under Spirituality. I’m also deleting some categories that are associated with only one post. I had a Definition category but only used it once. Since I don’t expect to write about definitions regularly, and the post belongs to about six others, I got rid of it. Adjusting the category structure will take a lot of time, but the effort will pay off in the long run.

'Spirituality category and its subcategories

Keep a list of common tags

I finished writing the post! Hurray! Wait, I’m not really done, I have to add tags. Could I make the task easier by copying and pasting a comma-separated list of my most often used tags? It may turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. We’ll see.

Create reusable blocks for commonly used affiliate links

If I want to add an affiliate link, but don’t feel like logging in to ShareASale and navigating that interface I can insert a reusable Custom HTML block. It won’t work on the iPhone app, but it could streamline things when I’m on the laptop or desktop.

For mobile, I might put some affiliate links in a text file, that I can copy affiliate and paste when I’m using the app. It’s a clunky solution, but it might work.

Upload images from the phone

If I’ve got images on my phone that I plan to add to a post, uploading them ahead of time jump starts my process. This is the best trick I’ve come up with so far.

Sculpture: Sundial Boy with Spider

It’s a start

I’m not sure how much these hacks (if I can call them that) will work, but its a start. Do you have any tips and tricks for better blogging? Feel free to share in the comments!

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