Hi friends! Join me on how I currently ‘plan’ my blog posts. I say plan very lightly as I’m probably the least organised person I know, but it works for me. Anyway, I thought I’d bring you along with me on how my blogging process normally goes.
First things first, I don’t have an upload schedule, I try to post 2/3 times a week but it’s all down to if I have enough time/ how I’m feeling.
Post ideas. They can come from inspiration from reading other blogs or it’ll come to me any time of the day, which then I’ll jot it down on my phones notepad, if I don’t do this or if I think ‘Oh I’ll remember when I get home’ there’s no doubting that I’ll forget. I’ll also write down some short bullet points which I can use (if I need to) for when I write up the post, I’ll even write down an idea for a picture to go with it.
Writing the blog post. When it comes to writing the blog post, it’ll either be on my day off during the week or it’ll be one day after work. I’ll normally get in, grab myself a tea, first have a look on my reader and then start to write up the blog post I’m publishing that day. Honestly sometimes it can take me about 2 hours to do a blog post. This is the time I also take some of the pictures. Sometimes I’ll use the notes on my phone, other times I wing it (which I feel like I’m most comfortable with) but it’s always reassuring that I’ve got the notes if I need them. I’ll always be double checking my post to make sure it all sounds ok when I read it aloud and if I’ve made any typos.
Pictures. Sometimes it’ll be a flat lay, other times it’ll just be a picture I’ve just taken, or it’ll be a picture I’ve taken in the past. I’m trying to improve the pictures I take and use, I’ll get there slowly. Most of the time I’ll take the pictures just before the post goes up (which I’m trying to change). Sometimes I’ll take the pictures before or after I’ve written the post. All my current pictures are taken on my iPhone 5SE and edited on my phone. (I’ll send them to myself via e-mail to transfer them onto my computer). My phone is filled with pictures I could use for my blog/Instagram (as you can see, and is also the reason I have no phone memory left LOL). The pictures always need to be related to what the post is about.
For this picture, I brightened the whole thing and stuck on the ‘Dramatic cool’ effect.
Publishing. Again I don’t have a schedule and I’ve not got my head round when the best time to post is but after I’ve finished writing my post and photos and everything it’s normally between 4-6 pm, so I’ll post around that time. I’ll fill in related tags and select the right category for my post. I’ll also upload on Instagram saying I have a new blog post live, you can follow me HERE (HA slipped in some self promo there)!
How do you plan your blog posts? Are you organised or are you more of a spontaneous blogger?