With WhatSheDoesNow turning 2 in a few weeks time (!!!), I’ve developed a routine of sorts that I go through when planning, writing and uploading a post. It’s nothing too fancy or complicated, but I thought I’d share it with you guys and hopefully it might be of help to someone!
// Planning //
Of course, it all starts with a plan. I’m a list-fanatic and nearly always have to plan things through before I do them. At the start of each week I sit down with my diary and blogging notebook and jot down what I’m going to write about. Sometimes I might get loads of ideas, and I’ll write them all down, whereas other times I’ll only have enough to carry me through day by day. I can’t force myself to be creative, so a lot of the time ideas just come to me when I’m out and about or usually, when I’m trying to go to sleep! I then write them down in my diary on the days I plan on putting them up. Between college, work and having a social life, sometimes it’s hard to schedule in as many posts as I’d like to, but I just do what I can. I wish I could be somebody that has posts planned and written for months in advance, but I just don’t work that way. I take it week by week and day by day, that’s what suits me most.
// Photographing //
I don’t know why, but I always take my photos before I write the post. I like having the image there to look at when I’m writing, and it gives me something to work with. Again, I don’t take loads and loads of pictures at once. I just take them alongside with writing my posts, it’s what works for me. I use the Canon 1200D for taking my photos and I love it. My photos aren’t always exactly how I want them to be, but I try my best and just stick with that! Otherwise I’d be sitting around for hours arranging products, and as much as I’d love to do that, I just don’t have the time! Once the photo is taken I upload it onto my laptop and do a few small edits like exposure and saturation on fotor.com. I try to always remember to put a descriptive title on the image, rather than IMG_243, so it has a good chance of being rated and found on Google. For example, the image on this post is titled “blogging routine”.
// Writing //
WhatSheDoesNow is self-hosted on WordPress.com, where I write and upload posts. I pop the image in at the top of the post, think of a title and then start on writing it. If it’s a particularly long post or if I’m working with a brand, I always have a few notes of key things I want to say. Otherwise, I just write and think as I go. Writing a post can take me anything from over an hour to just a few minutes, but once I’m 100% happy with the content and quality, I don’t mind how long it took. Before uploading I read and re-read the post to make sure there are no spelling mistakes and if there’s anything else I’d like to put in. I save it as a draft and then preview the post on my site before putting it live, triple checking that I’m totally happy with everything! I put it in the appropriate category and add tags so it’s easy to find and has good SEO.
// Sharing! //
Admittedly, I’m not the best in the world for sharing posts, but there are a few things that I always try to do. I have my blog and Bloglovin linked to Twitter, so whenever I upload a post, a tweet automatically goes up on my timeline. After uploading, I try to put a small description and link to the post on my blog’s Facebook page at around 8 or 9pm. Facebook is more active at that time, meaning people are more likely to see it! I also post it in a few blogger groups on Facebook, and sometimes add the image from the post to my Instagram. If I remember, I tweet about the post a couple of times in the days after I put it up, to ensure it’s being seen. After all, you’ve put time and effort into a post – you want people to see it!
I know this might seem totally unprepared and unorganised to some bloggers, but it’s how I roll! I really admire people who can write five posts in an hour and shoot them out, but that’s just not me.
That’s pretty much my whole blogging routine! If there’s anything you’d like me to expand on or if you’d like to see more blog-related posts, please let me know!
What’s your blogging routine?!
*She believed she could, so she did*