Hey guys! I hope you’re all having an amazing week and are enjoying the sunshine that’s starting to peek its way through. Spring is definitely on its way and I know my blogging has been a bit sporadic this past week but that’s because I’ve been off work on holiday and I’ve been spending time with family and friends! But I have lots of exciting content ahead so make sure you’re subscribed to this blog to see it!
While I was thinking about what posts to write, I thought that this would be an interesting one to go into my blogging routine from start to finish. This has changed so much since I started blogging so I thought it would be a helpful thing to show you guys – especially if you’re new bloggers and are feeling quite overwhelmed with it all. I know I did when I first started because I had no idea where to begin! So, here is my routine from the moment I think of a post to promoting it!
THINK OF AN IDEA.
So, this is something that I used to do on a day-by-day basis when I first started. If I thought of a post idea, I would just write it up and post it on the day. But this didn’t seem to work out for my non-inspired days – which we all have, obviously! – as I would just be staring at the screen blankly. So, what I’ve started to do this year is sit down on my creative days when I’m feeling crazy inspired and write down a bunch of post ideas that I would like to do. Then, when I’m feeling uninspired, I can go to this list and pick what I want. For season-specific posts, too, like some of the ones I did during Blogmas, I schedule them ahead of time for when I would like to post that post. This has made such a difference to my blogging.
TAKE THE PHOTOS.
I never thought that blog photos were as vital as they are. For example, you guys can see below the difference in my blog photos from when I started in 2017 to now.
It is immensely different and I think this has changed how my blog looks on a whole. They’re still not quite where I would like them to be but I am happy with them for now. I quite often do makeup looks so what I also do at this stage is do the makeup and then take photos of the makeup. I normally do this in the morning due to the best lighting in both my room and my sister’s room – which is where I take my blog photos. She has a bureau right by her window which provides the perfect lighting for a blog photo. I bought a simple white tray from Amazon which I place all of my products on alongside the different props that I have. Then, I just take my photos on my iPhone. Seriously, don’t underestimate the power of your phone’s camera. They’re amazing.
EDIT THE PHOTOS.
I’ve had a psd in Photoshop that I’ve used for a long while, so I literally just drag and drop this onto my photos but I will sometimes have to go in and change a few things. I’ve been using Photoshop for a while so if anyone would like a post specifically about how I edit my photos then let me know in the comments because I’d be more than happy to do that!
WRITE THE POST.
This is the hardest bit, I think. Actually sitting down and writing the post that you want to put out there. If you’re feeling uninspired, this can be difficult. What I really like doing is sitting down on my inspired days and writing a bunch of posts in one go and then just scheduling them – I’ve mentioned this in this previous post which may also be helpful! – so that I don’t have to think about it for a while because no matter how you feel about blogging, it takes time and hard work. I think people think that it’s easy to just sit down and write up a decent post but it’s really not. You have to have the drive and the inspiration. But I think this is also my favourite part of the blogging process.
PROMOTE THE POST.
Finally, you’re at the stage where you can promote your post. Seeing as I schedule a lot of my posts, I have to remember to use this – again, I’ve written a post about it here – but I will promote it on Twitter, first and then on Instagram. I then use Buffer to keep reminding people of my new post and of course, if you’re a WordPress user then make the most of your tags so that they will appear in the Reader feature they have here.
And there you have it! That’s how my blog posts come to you guys from start to finish. Do you guys do anything differently? Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if there’s any other posts like this that you guys would like me to write and I will add it to my inspo list!
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