Desk – My New Go-To Writing and Publishing Platform

When I started blogging three years ago, I thought it would be simple to pump out posts.  Wow…was I ever wrong.  Today, I am learning I need to schedule my writing behavior and take advantage of quiet time on planes and trains.

For the past several months, I have been beta testing a new writing and publishing platform developed by John Saddington.  Desk is a new platform that cuts out all of the madness and noise associated with writing.  In fact, I am writing this post in Desk right now.

Desk App Post View

 

Why I Use Desk…

I use Desk for three reasons:

  1. Minimalistic – this a no frills app.  It has great features including support for markdown and HTML, simple writing interface and access to quick formatting items to name a few.  The window can be sized to perfection which is great for helping me keep focused on the writing.
  1. Multi-Platform Publishing – I can publish to multiple platforms simultaneously from this app.  I can publish to this blog and a Facebook page or profile with the click of single button. I typically send my posts to my blog’s drafts folder just to make sure all the formatting and pictures come out the way I expect them to, but I don’t have to if I don’t want to.
  1. Easy Export – I write for multiple blogs both here on this site and in my day job as a Facilities Planner.  I typically write all my posts in Desk and then export them to HTML or Word depending on who needs to review them.

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I have used (and still use) other writing tools to help me get my work done including Byword, Multi-Markdown Composer, DayOne and Scrivener.  Desk helps me maintain my creativity and inspiration during my writing process and helps me tell my story.

If you have a story to tell then Desk is your vehicle for sharing it with the world.  Check out Desk in the Mac App Store and on the web.

Question: What story do you have that Desk could help share with the world?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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