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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A Review of My MultiBlogging Techniques - The Pen Is Mightier Than the Computer Keyboard

Recently, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net recently asked his readers what their daily blogging routines were. There are numerous interesting comments posted to the original entry (see link at the end of this post ). Personally, my techniques and rituals are constantly changing to match the fact that I am always trying to refine my blogs and related websites. My personality is also such that I always need to do something different. It’s not that I’m bored easily per se; I just constantly enjoy a challenge.

Techniques that I was using only a month or two ago seem to have been abandoned altogether for older methods: pencil and paper for planning. I may be old-school, and a lifetime of handwritten notes may colour my opinion, but there's something to be said for the tactility of handwriting compared to notes.

I find it easier to plan when I write down my thoughts rather than typing them into some spreadsheet or word processor document. It's easier to add supplemental notes and comments - something that's incredibly difficult on most computers (unless they are PDAs or tablet computers). I can also easily add diagrams, sketch out blog page template layouts, and generally have no physical restrictions on a piece of paper.

It seems that no matter how many times I come up with a new (digital) routine for planning and recording my blogs, I eventually find myself going back to paper and pencil. (Although I still record my posts in word processors and spreadsheets.)

If you think I'm wrong that pen/pencil and paper are still an ideal way to plan your writing, then tell me why computer manufacturers are still making tablet PCs. The printing press didn't supplant the pen, and neither did the typewriter and computer.

Darren Rowse/ProBlogger, daily blogging routines post.

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