Where do you write your blog posts?

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I find the WordPress dashboard distracting when writing my posts. I can't help but click the "Preview" button all the time and adjust the formatting when I should just be writing. Now I write my rough drafts in Google docs, but I'm not quite satisfied with that and looking for something better.

Where do you guys write your posts?
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    Wordpress.

    If thats an issue for you, you might want WriteRoom or the PC equivalent.
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  • Profile picture of the author lizbot
    Originally Posted by BenJackson View Post

    I find the WordPress dashboard distracting when writing my posts. I can't help but click the "Preview" button all the time and adjust the formatting when I should just be writing. Now I write my rough drafts in Google docs, but I'm not quite satisfied with that and looking for something better.

    Where do you guys write your posts?
    Personally, I use Scrivener for anything that's going to be over a couple of hundred words. It's intended for writers and has a whole whack of extra functionality that might or might not appeal to you, but it has the added benefit of coming with a distraction-free writing mode that might help keep you focused.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitch Barber
      I use Article Tool Chest. It's free and offers some very useful features such as a re-writer and a spinner (that's fully controllable by you so you get quality articles every time). It's also simpe to use and should keep you focused :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author BenJackson
        Originally Posted by lizbot View Post

        Personally, I use Scrivener for anything that's going to be over a couple of hundred words. It's intended for writers and has a whole whack of extra functionality that might or might not appeal to you, but it has the added benefit of coming with a distraction-free writing mode that might help keep you focused.
        Whoa! Scrivener looks like an awesome writing tool, but not what I'm not looking for right now (maybe when I finally get started on that novel )

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Yes, I would also do that all the time!

        I always write it in a word-processor (and then copy-paste the text in and out of "Notebook" before putting in on my blogs, to strip out the hidden formatting codes which would otherwise make a mess of it on the page).
        Glad you know what I mean! That's the same process I've been doing.

        I've been doing some research and I think I'm going to give Focus Writer a whirl. I'm hoping lack of formatting options will help me really bang out the content rather than prove to be a hindrance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by BenJackson View Post

    I can't help but click the "Preview" button all the time and adjust the formatting when I should just be writing.
    Yes, I would also do that all the time!

    I always write it in a word-processor (and then copy-paste the text in and out of "Notebook" before putting in on my blogs, to strip out the hidden formatting codes which would otherwise make a mess of it on the page).
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    • Profile picture of the author ContentWritingPhD
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      There are many sites on the internet where you can write your blogs and almost all of them are easy to use. Always remember that you can try as many sites as you want and decide to just posting your blog if you’re not happy with the website anymore.

      If you’re not happy with WordPress, there are other popular blog sites worth trying like Blogger.com, Weebly.com and Tumblr.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I write my posts in Open Office. Then I copy and paste it into a microsoft notepad text document to get rid of any formatting. Then I add html code. Finally, I paste it into the text area of WP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yadira Barbosa
    I do it on directly on Wordpress but I never check the preview until I finish the entire article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I use notepad, where I also have all of the urls for images, pages
    that I will link to, iFrame code, etc.

    I also format it to the right length for linebreaks so that I don't
    have to worry about word-wrap.

    I post to WordPress, and then often take those same posts
    and post as Facebook notes, etc.

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    • Profile picture of the author twaltero
      Microsoft Word or Notepad works for me too. I don't worry about text style in posts,....remember it should be easily readable. However, within customized images with text I usually look for a font which helps add drama to the message.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I usually write each post with Wordpress.

    And sometimes I use this tool Accurate Word counter, word count, character counter, character count, typing speed, WPM, letter count, change case

    It helps to keep track of how long the article took to write and it strips any hidden formatting.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    I use wordpress too but if you find the preview button to distracting you could always just write it on notepad then copy and paste it over to do the final adjustments?
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    I write right on wordpress, but I don't check the previews until I finish an article.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Lots of good suggestions here and any of them could be just the right one for you and your style.

      Here's what I do:

      I use Notepad, as others have suggested, and include my title, links, tags, and other format needs at the bottom after the article (post) is finished.

      It's then an easy matter to copy and paste the whole thing into my blog (WordPress) without worrying about extraneous code entering in.

      With the title, links, tags, etc, right on the blog page, I can then easily proofread what I have written, cut and past the title and tags into the appropriate boxes, do the linking, etc.

      When I have everything looking right, I add my sig file, images and delete the lines at the bottom that contained the "extra" stuff (title, links, etc) outside the main content.

      By following a routine like this (I now have over 500 posts) it is easy to make the content look great but also check your own grammar, spelling, links, etc. I often get comments from readers who have a hobby of looking for errors and mistakes - they don't like my blog much.

      Good luck to you,

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  • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
    Originally Posted by BenJackson View Post

    I find the WordPress dashboard distracting when writing my posts. I can't help but click the "Preview" button all the time and adjust the formatting when I should just be writing. Now I write my rough drafts in Google docs, but I'm not quite satisfied with that and looking for something better.

    Where do you guys write your posts?
    I'll either write it directly on wordpress or if I really don't want any distractions I'll jot it down in a notebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    I use google docs. Really good IMO. plus not going to lose any content you write if your computer fails
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    I usually roughly write them out on paper, type and edit them in Word and then paste them into Wordpress. It sounds like a pain, but I seem to write faster when I'm using pen and paper.
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  • Profile picture of the author flovin
    I do all in enpowernetwork
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  • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
    Currently I use word and copy/paste with the gutter tool to paste text and add images. It is not my favorite, but I just havent had the time to explore other options.
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