I really don’t like, the final part of logging in to WordPress, to post it, and have to choose category, assigning a picture as featured and putting in links everywhere in the text.So I thought there must be a way to avoid “the pain”, that is going through the bureaucracy of my content management system.
And it also underscores the point I have made before, that you should not do whatever everyone else could do for you. I can write the article. Everybody else can post it.Now, I would like to get in to the practical details of, how I have managed to outsourced this part of blogging.
If you don’t have a blog yourself, you can probably stop reading here, and just take away the message, that you should always be on the look-out for processes of your own, that can be automated or outsourced.
Practically, I do this task, by writing my blog post in an email. This makes it really convenient, among other things, because I cannot login to WordPress on my full-time job for security reasons, but I can always send an email though.
So now, I can always make a new post, even when I am work.
I have set it up so, every time I get a new email in my gmail inbox with the subject “#Blogpost”, it gets filtered and assigned a new label – the label being called “#Blogpost”.
Every time a new email gets this label assigned to it, a trigger goes of in IFTTT:
Every time this tricker goes of, a new email gets send to my Fancy Hands virtual assistant, with instructions on how to post an article on my blog + plus the content from the first email, which has the text needed to make the blog post.
As you can see, they will get a link to the instructions, which is shared in an Evernote document.
Here comes the exact instructions, that I give the assistant, which makes it possible for you to just take this, copy it, and make the process you own:
Hello mr./mrs. Fancy HandsThank you for helping me today.As you know, I have just written a new article, which you’ve receive by email, and here is how, I need you to post it on my blog:
- Please go to: http://maxmicheelsen.com/wp-admin/
- Log in:
- Username: maxmicheelsen
- Pasworrd: XXXXX
- Choose “indlæg” (posts) -> “tilføj nyt” (add new)(Sorry for the example being in Danish)3. Put in the title, content and choose category(IF, I have forgotten to provide a category in the email, please choose the one, you think matches the best)4. Please set “Featured Image” or “Thumbnail”IF, I have attached an image to the email, please use that.IF not, please go to google image search to find a large image, that matches the theme.5. Input in the “read more tag”Go down about 1/4 in the text, and set in the read more tag, separating 2 paragraphs.6. Please check the text for links.If I have used any links in the text, please do the following:Example: “I have a blog (maxmicheelsen.com)”Make the word “blog” a link to the website.You do that by using this button:7. Lastly, you click the “Post-button” (or “udgiv”)AND THEN YOU ARE DONE.Thanks for you help!
And that is about all there is to it!
Thanks for reading guys!