When I first started planning Ready for Rain, what excited me was not only telling stories but creating media. One of my true passions is using technology to share an experience or relate an idea. In fact, it’s been my day job since 2007.
Now that you’ve seen the types of media I post, I thought it would be interesting to share how they come to life.
Because my goal is to publish a new post every week of 2019, Ready for Rain is on my mind every day. From the moment a new issue is published on Tuesday evening, my attention turns to the next issue. I don’t work from a publishing calendar or have a plan for future issues. I just feel it out and try to publish what I think could be interesting.
Usually, a new issue is drafted by Saturday and that’s when Sachi gets involved. She is my editor in nearly everything I do. I share the post with her via Google Docs and she provides copy edits and editorial feedback. On a couple of occasions, she has stopped posts in their tracks and said I should start over or find a new topic. Over our many years working together, I trust her judgment, even if it stings a little.
By Monday night, the post has taken shape and I move the text into a publishing tool, called Revue
, to start adding media. I use Revue because it’s built to be a newsletter tool, but also creates a blog-like archive. We both continue to tweak the post until it’s published on Tuesday evenings.