Today I’m talking about which steps go into writing my blog posts. I follow these steps every time I create content for this blog. It’s good to have a plan and that I know, which steps I have to take until the finished blog post goes live.
I can break down my blog posts into three different categories.
1. FOCUS ON TEXT: In this category are blog posts like my experience with my one little word in 2014 or when I shared more about my habit project. The main focus of these blog posts are in the words. These are usually longer posts with mostly one photo to support the text. I often use an old photo and do not make a new one.
2. FOCUS ON CREATING: For this category I have to make something first to document it and blog about it. Things from my 27handmadeitems project fall in this category or this step-by-step tutorial about how an art journal page came together. Photos and text are very well balanced. There is a photo, than text, a photo, text,…
3. FOCUS ON PRODUCT: The last category is very similar to the second category. This category includes my project life posts or when I share a minibook I recently made. I simply want to share the end-product and not the process of creating that product. The photos are the main focus and I keep the words very low. These posts are usually very photo-heavy.
These are the steps it takes until I can publish a blog post:
STEP ONE: PLAN
Before I make or write anything I plan my blog posts. I keep a section in my blog planner where I jot down ideas for future blog posts. At around the 20th of the month I plan the content of my blog posts for the following month. (You can read more about my blog planner in this blog post.)
STEP TWO: MAKE
If the blog post falls in category two or three I have to create something first before I can write about it. I make photos during the process (category two) and photos of the end-product (categories two and three).
STEP THREE: FIRST DRAFT
Except for blog posts in category three I usually make a first draft of the text. If it’s a very long post (like this one) I like to write it down by hand first. Just to organize my thoughts and ideas. I love to create the first draft in the basic TextEdit programme that comes free with a mac. (I’m sure there is one as well for PCs but I can’t remember the name). I can better focus on the text when I’m not online.
STEP FOUR: EDIT THE TEXT
After the first draft is written I go over the text several times to make sure there aren’t any typos and the text makes sense.
STEP FIVE: EDIT THE PHOTOS
I never use any photos for the blog straight out of the camera. I always always edit them and have to make them smaller. In this blog post I talked about how I edit my photos. But recently I started using RAD LAB (which I bough on Black Friday while it was 30% off). RAD LAB makes the editing process really fast and easy.
For every blog post I create a folder. In this folder I save the edited photo (which is still in it’s original size) as well as the smaller photo for the blog. I give each photo for the blog a name which follows the same scheme:
Create Share Love | blog title (followed by numbers if there are more photos)
I’m sure there are way better ways to name your photos but this is what works for me. When someone pins a photo from the blog the title of the photo automatically goes into that box where you can describe your pin.
I have a visual archive. For every blog post I want to highlight in my archives I create a small thumbnail. I make this right after I edited the photos.
STEP SIX: PUT THE WORDS AND PHOTOS TOGETHER
Now it’s time to put the words and photos together. I compose a new blog post on typepad, add the text and the photos. If the blog post falls in category three, I usually skip steps three and four. I start with adding the photos first and writing the text afterwards.
Every blog post you see here on my blog is made in advance so I don’t publish the posts right away after I put them together. I love that you can schedule them. I add the date and time when the blog post should be published.
And that’s it. My whole process. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section.