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My Link Drop Process | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

My Link Drop Process

link drop process

How I Find Good Stuff on the Web

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A couple people have asked me about how I do my Link Drops—wondering if they’re some how automated. I’m sure there must be a faster way to do it, but everything I do is by hand and hard coded into a post. Even the screengrab are done by hand.

There’s about ten things that I have to do to get the post ready to be published on a Friday morning. Up until now I haven’t missed a Friday since I started in last May. (I didn’t realize till now that it’s almost been a year). It originally started as a way for me to save stuff that I wanted to catch up on with on the weekend. It’s still meant to be that, but the way I write the excerpts now kind of forces me to have a pretty good idea about what the post is by Friday. As for how I collect my links, I wrote a post a while back titled How I Find Good Stuff on the Web which sums it up pretty nicely. The above diagram shows the flow—the only thing that needs to be updated is that the folders size has grown quite a bit. I save all the sites I look at in tabs (I hate rss feed readers) which takes a bit of time to open now—so I’m not looking at the same tabs all the time like I used to.

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  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    Well, still hoping for better code quality. It seems attainable, as the whole process on the blog is manual.

  • inahill

    Nice sharing!
    Curious about what M1, M2 and so on
    stands for….

  • David

    It would definitely be worthwhile to automate some of this stuff: Grab the links off delicious (the current week's tag), screenshot it, and upload it to flickr. webkit2png is a command line tool that can take screenshots.

  • http://www.onefloorup.com Katrika

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who opens tabs 50 at a time.

  • http://www.la-grange.net/karl/ karl

    Blogmarks.net provides the screenshots but maybe you want your owns.

    It's a cool process I have a lot of manual things in my blog and I do not know why but it gives me a confidence of independence with regards to the technology.

  • http://www.designsojourn.com designsojourn

    Michael, I have been enjoying your link drop posts as its filled with great design nuggets. I have always wondered how you do it and it looks like a huge effort and thank you for doing it.

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