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I don’t know about you, but I keep a “staging” file for my posts here.  It’s a text file on my hard drive where I can write posts offline, and can also keep a list of things I want to write about.  Right now, that list is longer than a typical short entry.  I suppose two weeks’ vacation (photos from which are slowly going up on Flickr) will do that to a schedule, especially with all the driving that was involved.  (And may I express my deep and unbounded loathing of the usually ambiguous and often misleading road signage in the New York City/New Jersey area?  Yes?  Thank you.  I needed that.)

So, to begin the jamcracking: AEA Chicago‘s early bird deadline is fast approaching; it’s just nine days away as I post this.  As we start gearing up for the show, we’ve re-started (and rebooted) an AEA feature called “Better Know A Speaker”.  Originally, these were testimonials from Jeffrey and me, but that turned out to be more than our schedules can accommodate.  So we’ve redone them as short interviews with speakers, which I think is far more interesting anyway.  The first of these new BKAS pieces, with Dan Cederholm, went up last week.  This week we’ve got Jeremy Keith.  In the weeks to come, we’ll cover the rest of our Chicago speakers.  The AEA news feed is of course the best way to keep up with these tidbits and other AEA info, but I’ll probably either blog or linkblog them here as well.

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    • #1
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    • Wed 18 Jul 2007
    • 1214
    EB wrote in to say...

    I know what you mean.

    I actually use writer.bighugelabs.com or WordPress to manage all of my works in progress.

    Currently I have over 40 articles I’ve started writing and saved in WordPress.

    I just pop in, throw down a link and some text for later, then I can come back and revisit the idea. This saves me from writing the article right then, as well as keeps a content “buffer” to try posting something every day.

    • #2
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    • Thu 19 Jul 2007
    • 0931
    David Mead wrote in to say...

    I’ve only recently started blogging “full-time” and I’ve found the web clipboard in Flock a real god-send. Helps me organize snippets etc.

    I just have to get the whole, posting a regular basis thing down pat now ;-)

    • #3
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    • Thu 19 Jul 2007
    • 1333
    Joshua Clanton wrote in to say...

    I use WordPress to manage my works in progress, as well. On the rare occasion that I want to work on something offline (on an airplane, for instance), I will use Notepad or something similar, but that is quite rare.

    • #4
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    • Thu 19 Jul 2007
    • 1546
    Tom wrote in to say...

    As a former Clevelander who lives in New Jersey and works frequently in New York, I share your opinion of road signs around here. I can’t understand why it’s so hard for them to get right. There are certain interchanges where I dare you to get off at the right exit.

    • #5
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    • Thu 19 Jul 2007
    • 1808
    Spamboy wrote in to say...

    I do the “staging area” myself, with a combination of hard-drive text file, single rambling blog post in eternal draft status, and copious amounts of Post-It notes.

    • #6
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    • Wed 8 Aug 2007
    • 1443
    Nate Klaiber wrote in to say...

    I heard you were running a contest for lucky comment number 6 and giving them a free past to AEA Chicago. :)

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