Coffee? check. Notebook? check. Snacks? check. Time To Start The Blogging Process
As bloggers, we all have our own way (or process) of which we plan and write out posts. I like nothing more than sitting down and planning multiple posts in one session. Why? Then I feel a lot more prepared and ahead of myself so that if I have a couple of busy days I don’t feel too guilty about not planning or writing anything. I personally have two different schedules I follow, depending on if I’m at university or not. If I’m planning and writing content outside of term time then I will typically work midday until about 6 pm, although I do sometimes get inspiration late at night and just end up writing a post at 11 pm or even later…just depends on my brain. I try not to do any blog work on the weekends (including replying to emails) and instead I take this time to relax and spend time with friends/family or Sam (the latter being the most likely).
However, whenever it is term time, I spend a lot less time on my blog and will instead use the weekend to plan, write and catch up on posts. I do this so that I still have plenty of time to complete work for my degree, but also so that I can allow a little time to blog. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll probably notice that I publish a lot more posts when I’m less busy at uni, but when deadlines come I only post a couple of times a month. This isn’t because I don’t love creating posts, it’s simply because my blog is still only a hobby…meanwhile I’m paying an awful lot of money to attain a degree. You’ll probably notice that my post rate will decrease quite a bit in the upcoming months (with the exception of blogtober and blogmas) as I am going into third year and therefore I’m expecting my work load in dramatically increase from what it has previously been. If you’re struggling with post ideas then pop on over to 40 Blog Post Ideas and see if that brings any inspiration.
I’m very much a fan of planning posts in a notebook, there’s just something so nice about putting pen to paper and letting my ideas come spilling out. It’s just the process I personally enjoy. I also enjoy using mind maps to come up with ideas for blog posts, it’s a great way to get loads of ideas down at once without it ending up too messy. I currently use The Ultimate Blog Planner £12.50 from Dotcreates to store all of my ideas. It allows me to keep track of my ideas, as well as any sponsored products/ posts I need to write posts for. Personally, I feel this planner is missing pages in which to accurately keep track of stats and pr contacts and I’m
thinking in the process of switching over to a bullet journal (New Year, New Bullet Journal) as to do so more accurately. Plus it means I’ll have everything in the same place, which is something I prefer to have, rather than having it spread across multiple notebooks and items of technology. Although I’m sure I’ll still use technology in my post planning process.
As well as using a notebook I always will jot down ideas on the notes section of my phone, this only tends to happen if I don’t have my notebook to hand.
Now when it comes to actually writing the posts, I used to work from my bed but since re-doing my room and adding a desk back in, I’ve started writing posts there. I feel a lot more alert and ready to write, compared to when I used to write from bed. The more posts I’ve been writing recently, the more ideas have come to me…as well as the more I’ve felt both my photography and writing has improved. I write posts in a similar way to how I write essays…just a lot more relaxed…and I get to make them super pretty. I’ll often have snacks and a coffee on hand, just in case my energy levels start to drop, this is something that happens if I’m writing a rather long and detailed post.
I cannot work in silence, so I’ll either have a podcast playing while I work or pop on a couple of episodes of a TV show that I can dip in and out of. Back when I started blogging I would listen to music, but now I get too distracted and end up singing along or having a solo dance party rather than getting any writing done…which probably isn’t the best thing when I’ve dedicated time to write a blog post.
Once the post is written I’ll add in any links before giving it a read again, checking everything makes sense before proceeding to set the category, add tags, set the featured image, focus keyword and disclaimer. As well as these things I also like to pop a snippet in ready, then I go through and schedule the post ready for it to go live. I like to do this so that I know all I have to do is log in to my dashboard and hit publish, then like magic a new post goes live on my blog.
While blogging may only be a hobby for me (as much as I’d like to make it my full-time job at some point) I do like to take it seriously and I put an awful lot of time and effort into each and every post…sometimes more than I care to admit. I like to think it shows through.
What sort of process do you go through in order to write each of your posts?
Love you lots like jelly tots x
All photos within this post were taken by me on my Olympus Pen E-PL7 in unnatural lighting. They were then edited on Photoshop CC 2015 and VSCO.
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