🤫 The secret to my writing process
By far, the most received question from people is what the secret to my writing process is?
- How are you able to write every day?
- How do you come up with topics?
Spoiler: There is no secret
But let me guide you through a couple of things I do to make my life easier.
1. Use Notion to keep track of articles
I'm a big fan of Notion, by far the best Note app I've ever used. Why? Because they use a database.
For my blog, I'm just using one sheet.
It looks like this:
What you see here is one a Notion table.
I only keep track of the following values.
- Status (ToDo/Doing/Done)
- Image (Yes/No)
- Mailchimp (Yes/No)
Obviously, there is a massive backlog of past articles, and every time an idea pops in my head, I create an entry.
Sometimes I write a little description or link to a source. This helps me generate a backlog of ideas.
I mostly only write one day in advance, but sometimes when I have some spare time, I write blogs upfront for a rainy day.
2. Write about your learnings
"How do you find topics to write about?"
Think about this question as: What are you looking for yourself?
If I need to Google something, even the simplest thing, I write it down. This not only helps me brand it in my brain, but it's also another article that can help someone else looking for that exact same issue.
Another way to do this: Define what you want to learn.
For instance: "I want to learn Azure App Services".
Okay, first, we need to define what the elements we need to learn and break it up in small doable tasks per day.
This makes us learn full topics, but not overwhelm us.
And by doing so, we can document our learnings again!
As you see, it's as hard or easy as you make it for yourself.
3. Make use of content checking tools
One thing I do want to mention, English is not my native tongue. I know some of your probably cringe after reading some of my sentences. But I try to do the best I can.
In this effort, I use a paid subscription to Grammarly to help with grammar checks' very basics.
And I make use of Hemmingway to check if certain sentences are not over the top.
4. Have fun, doing the above
Don't write if you don't like to write!
Please, nobody is asking you to be a blogger. If you don't like it, just don't do it. Find other ways to express your knowledge.
- Create video's if that's your thing
- Become a mentor
- Create an open source project
- Create awesome Codepens
There are many ways to be active without blogging. Pick your poison.
You see, no secrets
It's all about having fun in what you do and writing about topics you want to read.
Don't expect magic. If you start writing, nobody knows you. Even now, we are 201 articles and days into blogging.
I'm not famous. I'm not making money, I do not have stable pageviews.
If you are that person, inspired to write, learn, and become better; Share your blog with me!
Thank you for reading, and let's connect!
That's a good reminder to tidy up my writing approach. Currently just starting a Google Doc with an idea and put in a folder to do when I get around to it... Not ideal :/
Dinys Monvoisin I write the articles to ship.
It's not about writing 400 or 1000 or 100 words. It's about making sure the topics are covered.
I never was a person who can write long stories, just straight to the point. And that's fine for me.
The short articles explain one specific thing, and that's it :D
I'm using notion too, this is a weekly overview from my blog backlog database.
Chris Bongers.. you won't believe how similar our processes are and our timelines match closely with respect to when we started writing... I also started writing in March... I've not written 200 articles of course, but somewhere around 35 I think...
But, the process is very similar. I also maintain a blog ideas spreadsheet in Notion and I use Grammarly for spell check, overall grammar, etc. While I really want to write more articles, I'm always super hard-pressed for time. But, I'm going to take inspiration from your post and try to write at least 2 posts per week.. and then slowly increase it to 3 posts...
I have recently been contacted by Educative.io based on my blog articles, to create a course for them on ES6 & Webpack. It's still under the early stages of discussion, but, I'll be super happy if the opportunity materializes... fingers-crossed :-)
Chris Bongers - Thank you so much... True that, kids and family do tend to set your priorities... but I'm glad, that I'm part of a great community and I'm still getting to learn from talented folks...
I've also started my job hunt, it's just crazy... job hunt, some freelance work, kid, and a writing opportunity. But, leaving all that, my heart really wants is to sit down and pen a tech blog...
Well, I'm hoping with proper planning, I'll be able to do justice to a few things if not all. Thanks for your wishes and keep your blog articles coming :-)