My Blog Workflow

December 18, 2019

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and have thought a lot about the best way to blog. Here’s a workflow that works pretty well for me:

local dev environment

I write my blog posts in StackEdit, an awesome Markdown editor that makes it really easy to write whenever an idea comes to mind. StackEdit then syncs with my Dropbox, which is symlinked to a drafts folder in my local Gatsby development environment. From there, I can move it to my content folder so that it gets pushed to GitHub and published on Netlify.

This workflow minimizes friction for me, so that I can easily start or work on a blog post whenever. The hardest part about blogging is the actual blogging process, so anything that can facilitate that process definitely helps. I’ve found iA Writer to be useful as well for editing Markdown files on iOS, though the Dropbox support could be better.

I experimented with headless WordPress, but really enjoy writing in Markdown, so this setup works best for me. It’s also nice to have the blog posts exist as markdown files and tracked via git, instead of having them live in a WordPress database, with all the overhead that entails.

I’m looking forward to blogging about my experience with Lambda School, so this setup should help me stay productive and blogging regularly.