I’m writing this post in Typora on my main laptop.
I often write my newsletters in the Typora app, or straight into the Buttondown text window, which toggles between Markdown and “Rich Text.” My newsletters have got very long and rambly.
My blog posts are most often written directly into the WordPress post window. My posts are getting shorter and more stuttery.
I have a feeling the current iteration of WordPress posting is getting in the way of my flow.
I mean, I always wanted LTD to be more controlled and focussed than the more personal newsletter writing. But the difference is getting ridiculous now.
I’m reconfiguring the newsletter to stop me rambling into it so much, but I also need to take a look at what’s getting in the way here. I suspect it’s the “Blocks” thing — there’s a tendency to have to mouse around to click the Add Block thing to start a new paragraph with my preferred spacing, rather than flow into it, and little elements of formatting that introduce little pauses into the writing. The sense that every element of a piece needs to be in its own little box and closed off.
Typora doesn’t connect to WordPress, so I will have to select all and copypaste this in to WordPress. IA Writer on my iPad does, but it dumps the piece in as an untitled draft. But, right away, this is flowing better, but when I copy it in to WordPress, my paragraph breaks vanish and I have to put them in by hand. So I need to apply some new tools. None of which is to take away from WordPress – I’d be lost without their special application blocks, the custom HTML and shortcode inserts and all. But, for me, they do seem to enforce a more staccato form of production. Going forward, I need to solve that.
Anyway. Once again, the cardinal sin of blogging about blogging. But, since I think some people who write on blogs read this, maybe there’s some use for them in here, as well as me getting my thinking in front of me.