I would love to say that my writing space looks like the above image, but no doubt, my nemeses are my lack of neatness and my continuous effort to do too much with too few resources. I am both a visual artist and a writer, and I have a full range of books and supplies to perform in both areas. To make matters worse, I maintain numerous blog sites. If it were not for my blogs and if I were neater, my writing office might look like the following [I would need a separate area to store all of the books and the file cabinets that I would need for each of my blog sites]:
But because I do blog, each of my blog sites has become its own separate office with its own separate filing system, and the Categories and the Search Feature on each blog has become my filing system.
Most writers have documents all over the place. We jot valuable bits of information on Facebook; we Tweet great ideas; we share videos, powerpoint presentations, produce digital movies, email, etc, and we also have tomes of notes in notebooks. It becomes very simple for us to lose track of what we said where and to whom? Your first thought might be that Microsoft Word would be a suitable place for organizing yourself, but that is not the case. Your Microsoft Word software is stored on your computer and it is subject to crashing.
Surely, It Has Happened to Everyone! You Work Months–Even Years on the Perfect Family Photo Album, Family Tree, Recipe Collection, Folders of Pictures, Collection of Poems and Quotes, etc.,–and Your Computer Crashes!
There is nothing more frustrating than doing mounds of research and typing it into your computer–only to have your computer crash and burn. Family photos can be lost. Favorite recipes can be lost. Research papers can be lost. Poetry can be lost. Your memoir can be lost. Anything that you type or save into a Word document and store on your computer could be lost at any time. When you store data on the Internet, this does not happen. The Internet does not crash. When you get a new computer, your research is still there for you–it is there, where you left it–inside your blog. Your blog is not stored on your computer. It is stored on the Internet.
But the benefits of blogging do not stop there. After you have posted your writing and other data on your blog, you can take one more step and tag your information. In that way, Google and the other search engines can find what you have posted and can direct online readers to your sites. Through blogging, you organize your posts and your writing ideas and through intelligent tagging, you raise your Search Engine Optimization, which is crucial for several other of your business goals.
At times, I recall a post according to the time that I wrote it. That is when my blog’s archives are handy. On each of your blog sites, you can access all of posts relative to the month when you thought that you may have written them. For me, my Archives Feature is especially helpful on my gardening blog. That is the most seasonal blog that I maintain.
©Jacki Kellum September 3, 2016