My Blogging Process

My Blogging Process

It really interests me to see how other bloggers find inspiration and put together a blog post. Today, I’m sharing a  behind-the-scenes look at my blogging process. 

01. Inspiration. I’ve spoken about how I get inspired before, but I’ll mention it again. I get inspired by walking away from the computer and focusing on the activities I love. I love riding my bike, reading, spending time with Gary, and traveling. I never force ideas and I never write about topics that I’m not into. Everything you read here is from my heart. Ideas naturally come to me at times, so I keep a notebook where I write down all of my ideas including details of what I want the post to look like. This way, if it’s been a little while between the initial idea and when it goes up on the blog, I have my thoughts jotted down to reflect on.

02. Editorial Calendar. After looking over my list of ideas, I like to schedule when the posts will be going live and include what to post on social media. I do the scheduling in two ways. Initially, I write each post title along with projected dates in the same notebook I mentioned above. Soon after the idea hits the notebook, I write each post in a calendar view on the day it goes live. In order for my editorial calendar to work, I make sure both schedules align with each other. 

03. Draft. Once I’ve aligned my calendars, I start the fun part: writing the posts! I make sure to set aside a time for myself to just dump all of my ideas onto the post. At this point, the content is usually one large paragraph of words. I leave it completely unedited for the time being.

04. Schedule. I like to go ahead and schedule the post in WordPress directly following my creation of the first draft. By formally assigning a go-live date for the post online, I ensure that the publishing process is on schedule. Also, this makes it easy to edit the post before publishing if needed. If I’m having trouble drafting a post, I won’t schedule it as it may need more attention before going live.

05. Take photos. My next step in the process is starting to brainstorm ideas for photos. First, I like to gather the items I think reflect the content of the post. Once I gather the items, I try setting them up in various ways. I like to take multiple photos while mixing up the setup of the products. I then look through all of the photos I’ve taken and pick the best of the bunch. The winning image(s) receive a few edits and get uploaded to the post.

06. Refining. Upon grabbing the perfect photo(s), I head back to the post and refine the written content. This includes breaking up the large paragraph into smaller paragraphs or bullet points. I also go through the post with Grammarly to check the spelling and punctuation of my writing.

07. Social Media. Finally, after creating, editing, photo-ing, and refining the post, I get the social media marketing on the books. This includes creating and scheduling tweets with Buffer and setting reminders to post on Instagram.

What does your blogging process look like?

  • Patricia Stelmach

    Lovely blog post, I agree it’s so interesting to see how others stay motivated. Thanks for sharing.

    Patricia / Patricia Stelmach

  • The best inspiration I find is also walking away from the computer… it can be tempting to just keep googling what others are doing but you need to find what makes you want to write!!

    Megan
    Denton & Lou

    • I totally agree! You have to let your own passion drive you. Thanks for commenting, Megan!

  • I love seeing other people’s processes! I agree that an editorial calendar is key – it really helps me see where I have gaps and keeps me motivated to fill them.

    Clementine | My Darling Clementine

    • I do too! An editorial calendar is so motivating. Thanks for commenting, Clementine!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oh god that day designer looks like something I need in my life ASAP! I always plan and schedule to keep on top of content!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • pretty much what I do too when I am not lazy haha! 🙂

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • My process is very similar except I try to take photos before I write anything. The pictures inspire my writing. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Soph Cullen

    just discovered your blog and I am in love with it! love your writing style xx

    sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ellen

    This is so helpful! As a beginning blogger, I’m still trying to come up with the perfect posting strategy. Looks like you’ve got it down!
    Ellen – http://www.coffeecateyes.com

    • Thank you so much! You’ll find your way, Ellen! It’s great that you’re even thinking about a strategy.