Well, hello there!
It’s currently four-thirty in the afternoon, and I’m feeling exhausted. And, boy, do I mean exhausted. I’m having one of those weird days when even coffee can’t seem to help me. It’s strange. I feel the jitteriness of having caffeine in my system, but every time I close my eyes, I have to fight for them to reopen.
I should probably get some sleep, but I’ve got loads to do today, and I know how sluggish I’ll be if I decide to try and take a nap. I know naps are supposed to energize you, but they just make me more tired. Anyone else feel that way?
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. I’m not here to bore you with my tiredness. I’m here to talk about blogging. More specifically, my blogging.
The truth is, I love reading posts like this, and I’ve always wanted to write one of my own. Maybe I’m just nosey, but I love hearing about the way that other people do things. Day in the life posts and morning routines are some of my favorite things.
So, today I’m sharing a step-by-step process of how I blog! Everybody out there has their own approach to blogging, and it’s always kind of interesting to see how differently we tackle the same thing.
Step #1: Get an idea
I almost want to write “well, duh” after step one because it seems sort of obvious. However, I will say that I have a very specific approach to coming up with blog post ideas. Unless an idea randomly pops in my head (which does happen on occasion), I like to designate times when I sit down and brainstorm as many posts as I can. I find that having an idea ready in advance makes things about a million times easier for me when I actually go to write.
Every idea I come up with immediately gets jotted down in my planner. Since I keep up with a regular posting schedule, I try to assign the ideas to specific dates. Ideally, the posts would stay with their exact dates. But things come up (a.k.a. the weather turns to garbage on the day you’re planning to shoot a bunch of OOTD posts), and I’m always changing things around.
Step #2: Shoot photos
I would say a good 90% of the time, I have my photos done before I write a post. I like having the photos done because as soon as I finish writing a post, I can add the photos and get it scheduled. My drafts are cluttered enough as it is, so I don’t need photo-less posts sitting in there as well.
Step #3: Edit photos
After I’ve shot my photos, I do a little bit of editing. I use BeFunky because a). it’s super user-friendly and b). it’s free. I wrote a post about how I edit my photos a while ago, if you want to check it out. I mainly just focus on adjusting the brightness and color. Brightness is probably the biggest thing I worry about because shadows can be quite the nuisance for me.
Step #4: Write the post
I feel like the fact that writing the actual post doesn’t come in till step four goes to show just how much more there is to blogging than writing. (So, for all those people out there who don’t think blogging is a lot of work, take note!)
Anyway, once I’ve got all the other stuff gathered, it comes time for me to get writing! The length of time I spend working on a post really depends on the topic. There are some posts that are easy to write, and others that require more energy and thought. It also depends on my mental state. If I’m feeling tired or worn down (like right now), then it might take even longer.
Step #5: Leave and then reread
Before I put the finishing touches on a post, I like to take some time away from it before I proofread. I’ve found that distancing myself from a post and then coming back to it makes me more likely to catch grammatical errors before publishing, which, as I’m sure all of us know, can be a total nightmare.
And that’s how I blog! This might have seemed like a boring post if you’re not interested in this type of thing, but I’m really curious to hear about your process. Do you shoot photos or write posts first? Do you think of ideas on the spot or do you plan them out? How many times do you reread a post before hitting publish? SO. Many. Questions.
Thank you for reading! 🙂
Is there a method to how you blog?