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Blogger Beta As A Free Writing Tool - Articles Surfing
The new Blogger Beta is a great free tool for an amateur or aspiring writer. Because it uses your Google account to maintain a login it is conveniently available whenever you are online. Generally, I usually write short articles, but the methodology I've described below is also useful for larger works. Simply adjust my advice to apply to larger chunks of work such as chapters.
Create A Private Blog
Use Labels To Track Relevant Details
This strategy allows me to quickly get a list of all my articles, all of my historic work on a certain subject matter, or all of my completed work - assuming I change the work in progress label to another suitable value upon publishing. The power of simple lists for organization and productivity cannot be overstated!
Write Draft Material And Edit Anytime With One Click
How convenient! If I spot a mistake or think of an enhancement I simply click on the pencil icon and I'm in the editor fixing up my work. After making that one simple change I save my efforts and then continue on about my day. Personally, I like to pace, or otherwise keep busy, while I think and then put small amounts of time into making a change or addition when inspiration strikes. Generally, I think most creatively while I'm not writing.
When Complete Then Publish And Track
After publication, use the comment feature to keep track of any issues that arise. You can also track the places that you've submitted the article for publication. This will help you avoid sending it to the same place more than once in the event you are later able to reuse the article. Also, add a comment if you use the article in some way as the basis for another piece of work. When adding comments be sure to link to the locations, sites or projects you are discussing.
Security And Backups
With respect to security, you must realize that convenience and security are competing ideas. If you do not sign out, staying perpetually logged in, to maintain access to your blogger account, then anyone using your computer will be able to act as you and view or edit your work. If this is not appropriate then you must remember to sign out after each work session. Personally, my home computer is used only by myself, so I love the convenience of never having to log in.
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