From there I add the title into WordPress. I probably have about 30 blog titles tee'd up to write for any day that I sit down. I never really come to WordPress and think, "what should I write about today?" Either it’s a thought I’ve had and have to get out of my head, or something I’m reacting to because I read a post that I want to respond to or – as is usually the case – I look through my titles and think, "which one am I passionate about today?"
And here’s where the formal structure comes in. I almost always break up my post into sections before I write. Just as in this post, I thought about the structure before letting the words flow out of my head and on to the screen. I organize the components of the topic, I write the section headings, I think about them each as individual titles, I think about whether the order flows and whether the overall narrative holds.
In a way, I’ve written the whole thing before a detailed word comes out of my head. Then it’s just a function of writing each section, re-reading to test for flow, attempting to edit a bit and then hit publish.
The biggest problem is that I don't feel I'm doing this process justice right now, especially when the list of blog posts I want to write about seem to be so intertwined in subject matter the more I think about them. Blogging something I feel happy about publishing to the web takes a lot of time and effort, the former of which I have little right now. But one day soon I will have some posts up again. :)