Recently I shared some of the reasons I now use Scrivener for blogging. In the comments on that post I promised to look into creating a simple template you can use.
Today I’d like to share that Scrivener blogging template with you.
About the Scrivener Blogging Template
This simple template was designed to be used in managing your content strategy for a single blog.
The template includes:
- A yearly and monthly breakdown of folders;
- A sample post document in the May 2014 folder (which includes information about writing in MultiMarkdown and exporting that to clean HTML);
- A Planning folder which includes an outlines folder, blog post idea list document, and editorial calendar document.
Here is a quick peek at the Binder view for the template to give you a better idea of how it’s laid out:
I’ve included folders for both 2014 and 2015 for those bloggers who like to plan their editorial calendar well in advance. You can delete the 2015 folder if you don’t want it, and you can easily rename these or copy these if you want to save older posts to your Scrivener project in folders for past years.
While I map my own project out by blogs and by categories rather than dates, dates are a more universal option. I might eventually release a multi-blog Scrivener template closer to what I use, but this is ideal if you want to set up each blog you manage as an individual project.
Note: This Scrivener template was created using the Windows version of the software. I don’t know much about the Mac version at this time, so I’m not sure if these will work in both versions or the Windows version only. If you’re more experienced with Scrivener for Mac, I’d love it if you could let me know for future reference.
To use this template, download the .zip file above. Decompress/extract the template file. Create a new project in Scrivener and choose "import templates" under the "options" menu at the lower left corner of the window where you would normally choose an existing template. Find the extracted template file you just saved to your hard drive. Once imported, you should be able to find the template in the miscellaneous section when you need it for new blog projects.
This will likely be the first of several new Scrivener templates to come. While I found plenty of great templates for fiction writers, I haven’t found a lot of good options for freelancers. The more I use it for my own projects, the more templates and examples I’ll share here.
The next two templates I plan to release are a white paper template and another template for bloggers (but next time focusing on those wanting to manage multiple blogs in one project, like I do).
As always, I’m open to suggestions if there’s something else you’d like to see. Let me know what you want, and I’ll see if it’s something I can whip up for you.
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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