Since next month marks my blog’s first anniversary, I thought it was about time to show you a peek into my blogging process. From coming up with ideas to hitting publish and promoting the content on social media.
I don’t think I have a particular blogging process but reading this kind of posts is something I truly enjoy and find really interesting to see how a blogger works and keeps organized. Hopefully, you will find this post interesting as well!
Coming Up With Ideas
Ideas can pop up from everywhere – my own personal experience, a blogpost I read, a pretty Instagram picture, etc. – so every time something goes through my mind, I write it down either on my notepad, phone or laptop. But, coming up with creative content is not always easy and I’m pretty sure every blogger gets stuck in a rut at some point – read here my tips on how to get out of a blogging rut.
Plan, Plan, Plan
When it comes to planning, I try to plan posts for the week or even month ahead since that makes me feel more organized. I create an editorial calendar on my monthly planner so that I can have an overview of the content I want to share on the blog. But, to be honest, I kind of suck at sticking to my own plans sometimes and, it’s also important to be flexible and open to reschedule a post if a better idea comes up.
After having an idea, I think about how I can turn it into a blogpost, the kind of photos I want to take, the topics I want to talk about and create a little to-do list with everything I need to do, either on a notepad or Asana (which is amazing for any planner/list maker freak – it even has a rainbow unicorn supporting you every time you complete a magic number of tasks haha).
I feel like having a visual support inspires me to write, so I always like to take the photos before writing the post. I start by thinking about the kind of picture I want, the background and props I can use and then start composing the image. This part is pretty time consuming because I’m a perfectionist and take a LOT of photos with different props & angles so that I can have options to choose from. But, alongside editing, it’s my favorite!
When it comes to equipment, I use my Canon 700D with a 50mm lens which I absolutely adore since it gives the lovely blurred background effect. I also have a tripod and a remote control, and they’re both really handy! I try to photograph in the morning or until 2pm and do it in front of my bedroom window to take advantage of natural lighting. And I know some bloggers take photos in bulk which is something I really need to start doing more often in order to save time.
After transferring the pictures from the SD card onto my laptop, I pick two or three and start editing. Since I’m still trying to get the hang of Photoshop, I edit my pictures with the VSCO app on my phone. I know it’s not ideal for blog photos and I’ve noticed they loose a bit of quality, but VSCO is just so easy to work with, I love it! After editing, I resize the photos on Photoshop and then upload to blogger.
I personally believe this is the most challenging and time consuming part. I wish writing came easier to me and that I was someone that could sit down and write a bunch of posts in advance. But, the truth is, I sometimes write it on the same day it goes up.
First, I start a draft and write the main topics I want to talk about, add a few random sentences that come to my head and then I will go through everything in order to build a cohesive text. Something I always get stuck at is while writing the intros, I never know how to start. Maybe it’s because I graduated in Journalism and know how important they are to catch people’s attention.
When I’m done writing the post, I make sure I don’t miss any misspelled words, add labels and any links to my previous posts or to external sites I want to share with you. Then, it’s time to hit the publish button!
Hitting the publish button doesn’t mean my “work” is done.
It’s time to get my posts seen by promoting them on social media. I usually struggle with this part because I want to share my content with you, but don’t want to come across as spammy, neither want my social media to be too self promotional. So I usually send a couple of tweets and post a picture on instagram to let people know a new post is up. Lately, I’ve been trying to pin one of the pictures to promote it on Pinterest, as well.
Last but definitely not least, I always make sure to reply to your comments. Knowing that you guys enjoy my content enough to leave a nice comment makes me incredibly happy – so thank you!!
If you’re also a blogger, what is your blogging process like?