On Faster Writing.  When you publish a blog post, you just hit “Publish,” right?  Not me.

For the past five years, each time I posted I’ve taken steps you probably take for granted: 1. I copied, pasted, and updated a snippet of Echo’s JavaScript to give my post a comment field. 2. I copied and pasted the post’s text, including this comment code, from its own page to my blog’s main page.  3.  I typed out and hyperlinked “Link to just this post,” allowing visitors to my home page a way to get to a single page they could link to. 4.  I uploaded these two pages in Dreamweaver.  5.  I visited my new page with a browser and copied and pasted its contents to FeedForAll.  6.  I formatted the page’s feed in FeedForAll and saved it there.  7.  I went back to Dreamweaver and uploaded my updated feed.  8.  If I wanted to keep the post for posterity, I updated the Accordion Panel Magic plugin navigation bar in my template’s left sidebar with a link to the post under the proper subject.  9.  I applied the template changes to all of my files.  10.  I reloaded all of my updated files in Dreamweaver onto my remote server.  (Granted, under my new arrangement, I still have to update a menu with the link to the new post if I want to emphasize it in relative perpetuity.  But it’s one step instead of steps 8 through 10 above.)

All for a blog that organizes my pages the way I want!  When I looked around at WordPress themes recently, though, I found themes that did most of what I was doing by hand each post.  So, after five years, I’ve rediscovered push-button publishing.  Eliminate seven steps by clicking “Publish.” What a concept!

By Peter

After stints as a trial lawyer and a church worker, Peter Stephens has settled in as a Virginia high school English teacher. Peter has read several books and poems. He wrote none of the posts below filed under "Passages." Click the link at the end of each post to see it in the context of the author's original post.


  1. But think how much your old process built character! :)

    I notice by the way you’re not using pretty permalinks. Any particular reason? Some plugins require them…

    1. A little too much downside risk given my lack of expertise. I’d have to update my htaccess file by hand, and “What to do if this brings down your site” notes are a bit too prominent on the Codex & other pages.

      1. Really? I’ve never done anything more than specify permalink settings under the settings menu and let WordPress take care of the .htaccess stuff for me.

        1. I think my remote shared server can change my security settings so I don’t get the .htaccess file notice. I’m going to check. I’d prefer the pretty permalinks you mention. Thanks.

  2. My recent facelift at blogger has left me similarly bemused — I used to twiddle the html in a few different ways, but now I just leave it all to blogger, and it’s easier and better.

    The slack is taken up by the fact that I now snippet-and-post to Facebook by hand — at least half my traffic comes from there. And autoposting there seems to have severe downsides (such as people not seeing your posts at all: a dozen posts from RSS Graffiti, for instance, will get rolled up into one — facebook deems that you can’t really want to see that many posts from one app.) So that keeps me more or less out of trouble.

    1. Even with RSS Grafitti, Facebook is still my biggest source of traffic. Then again, I do have 749 friends, and probably fewer than a hundred have blocked my updates. :)

    2. Well, I’m sorely tempted. But this Graffiti would be aptly named in my hands since its updates would be the only updates my friends would ever see from me on Facebook. I feel so evil!

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