Earlier this week The Blog Herald published an article about strange blogging habits. The article discusses writing out html rather than using the visual text editor, typing out full url’s rather than using shortcuts, and writing posts in a text editor rather than in the WordPress Write Post area. There is also a lengthy intro about a journalist who continued to use a typewriter even after the advent of word processing and laptops and had someone in his office transcribe his work.
None of these habits seemed that strange to me. It seems that they are instead learned behaviors. For example, I use the html editor and type in almost all of the code because that is how I learned how to do it 13 years ago. Perhaps using a visual editor with all of the buttons would be faster but this is how I prefer to work. (I also have an issue with the code produced with visual editors).
And I also write most of my posts in Notepad++. I do this because I think the workspace in WordPress is too small, although this should improve in 2.7, and because I don’t always work on the same computer. I attach the text file to a saved draft in gmail, work on it wherever I am and then paste it into WordPress when I am ready to publish.
Maybe these habits are strange to others but they aren’t too me.
I’ve been trying to think of other habits that I have that might seem bizarre to others. Here are a couple that I came up with.
- I have to select an image before I start writing. I frequently get distracted while looking at the images and waste too much time.
- I can’t write with music on or when my daughter is around (home or awake).
- I like to have a cup of coffee on the desk next to me, no matter what time of day it is, but rarely drink any of it while I am writing.
- As mentioned, I have to type out almost all of the html tags.
How about you? Do you think any of these habits are strange or just learned behaviors? Do you think it is worth changing to a more efficient system if we are comfortable with the way we write? Do YOU have any blogging habits that others might think are strange?
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