Blogging Workflow

Shortly after iOS Scrivener was released I wrote a post about blogging with the application. I’ve written several posts from start to finish on my iPad since then, and the process of opening up the exported text in another app, copying it, and pasting it into WordPress worked “fine.” After bringing it into WordPress, however, much tapping is required before a post is ready for final submission. I figured there has to be a better way to accomplish this task, and it turns out there is.

The excellent app Workflow allows users to create custom automations for iOS. Not only is the app accessible in Scrivener’s “Open in Another App” share sheet, it also includes an action which will submit its output to WordPress as a post. This action includes options to set post status, category, and tags. Workflow was my path forward, so I spent some time figuring out how to do what I wanted.

After a few hours tinkering 1 I ended up with a nice workflow which takes the text exported from Scrivener 2, asks for a post title, offers a selection of my most-used categories, and requests tags to be applied to the entry. These elements are then taken and published to WordPress as a draft, which I then edit for posting in the WordPress app 3. For my needs, it’s near perfect. If I could find a way to select from a set of images located in my WordPress media library to set the featured image it would be perfect for my needs.

Category selection
I’ll put a link to the workflow below, in case you’d like to try it yourself. Before downloading, however, there are three things I need to note 4.

First, this workflow assumes text is being written in either markdown or multimarkdown. It’s how I write all my blog posts, so this is not an issue for me. If you like to post using the rich text editor, or by pasting html code into WordPress’ text editor, it’s probably not the best solution for you.

Second, while I may include a way to add images in the future, this workflow is for text only. Images, including the featured image, need to be added inside the WordPress app itself.

Third, you’ll have to change the list of offered categories to match your own blog after downloading.

If these points don’t turn you off, please download the Workflow and give it a try.

  1. Not because Workflow is all that difficult to use, but because I always want to make my designs more complex than they need to be. It took me an hour to figure out I was trying to do something from scratch which Workflow does automatically. 
  2. Use “Plain Text” 
  3. Usually this means selecting my featured image and adding a line break between footnotes 
  4. And, of course, you’ll need to have Workflow installed.