Using the Shortcuts App to Post to My Blog
After a lot of work in the Shortcuts app attempting to create an easy way to post to my blog, I finally settled on what works best for me. Here’s an overview of how it works:
- I write and format the post in Drafts. If I need to insert an image, I simply write the word
IMAGEon its own line as a placeholder.
- I run the Shortcut using the Share Sheet from within Drafts. The Shortcut asks me for the Title, Category, and any Images. When I choose images, it replaces the word
IMAGEwith the selected image (after resizing and converting it). If it requires more than 1 image, it cycles through and puts them in the correct places and order. It also adds the correct Front Matter and gives me the final draft.
- Using Working Copy’s URL Scheme, it places the post and the images in the correct places.
- I manually open Working Copy and commit/push what’s needed. I know I could also automate this step to some degree, but I prefer doing it manually at this point.
To this point, I am able to write full posts, microposts, and posts with and without images flawlessly with this Shortcut.
I would share the shortcut, but it uses a lot of information that only pertains to this blog. If you’d like to create something similar and are having issues, I am glad to try to help out.