I'm in Trello - what do I do now?
Once you have access to Trello you'll be able to see the entire "publication process" of the P.SE blog. We have Seven Columns for organizing our blogging efforts.
- Misc Work (this column is only used for things like, "write a meta post about X")
- Post Ideas
- Approved Post Ideas
- Being Written
- Ready for Review
- Ready for Publication
Each of these columns is filled with "cards", which represent blog articles. The column the card is in represents that article's current position in the pipeline. Suppose you have an idea for a new article - before you start writing you should put it into the "Post Ideas" column as a new card so that you can get some feedback on the topic. This isn't a super-strict process - think of it as a code review where you might be asked to explain a point or two.
Click the "Add card" button at the bottom of the "Post Ideas" column to start a new card.
Then, type in the name of the article that you would like to write, and hit enter.
At this point you have a working Post Idea, and can be seen by every other Trello board member. Although you have an idea up, its usually a good idea to provide a little extra information about your idea in the card description. You can do this by writing a very brief synopsis - for example, Pierre wrote a great description for his article idea about "planning poker". Just click on your card and a window will pop up where you can provide more information.
This is also a good time to assign the card to yourself - if you plan to write the article. If you don't assign it to yourself, we'll assume that it is "Up For Grabs" and somebody may come along, think its a good idea, and start to write it themselves.
Most ideas are good and clear enough to get a pretty quick "go ahead", but you should wait for feedback from other board members. At worst, we may ask you to clarify your meaning a bit, or that you narrow the focus of the article somewhat.
At the moment we're using the Trello voting system to give approval for Post Ideas. This is still a very loose arrangement without any hard and fast rules but in general, once your idea has two votes its considered approved, and can be moved over the "Approved Post Ideas" column.
I see an idea in Trello I want write about - now what?
If you see a topic in the Approved Post Ideas column that is not assigned to anybody (it will have their picture next to the card) you are free to assign it to yourself. You don't need permission - just click on the card, click "Assign" and then select yourself. At that point, the idea is now yours and you are free to write. Drag the card over to the "Being Written" column so that everyone knows that this article is now being produced. If you feel so inclined, add a Due Date so that the editors can know when to reasonably expect that the article will be completed.