So, before I even get into this post, I’m going to just let you know where my inspiration came from; Jas from It’s Simply Me Jasmine did a post like this a while ago, and then I saw Smiling Dreamer write this post which was also inspired by Jas’ post and so I thought I’d also give it a go. I think that sharing your writing process is such a great idea, because everyone’s style and method is really different. I love it, because it shows the diversity throughout everyone’s blog!
So, when do I write?
I don’t exactly have a tonne of free time during the week, or at least when I’m at school I don’t. This is down to the homework I get given (which is way too much for me to even think about) and also my total and utter exhaustion after a day at school; I just want to come home and curl up in bed without having to think about anything!
So, that leaves me with the weekend and school holidays for writing. And, while my weekends are sometimes busy, I often find myself with time to spare to write blog posts. However, as is clearly evident by my recent activity on my blog, it is during the school holidays that I am able to write a lot!
Where do I get my inspiration?
Before I actually start writing, I’ll always plan and think about what I’m going to write about. This comes from various sources: throughout the week, if I have any good ideas they go into notes on my phone, or into the tiny notebook filled with post ideas that I keep in my bedside table. I use pinterest a lot, as lots of things on there inspire me to write, from seeing other people’s posts or just simply looking at a nice picture, I can think of something to write about. Sometimes, I’ll have the post already planned, for example if it’s a PR post, a collab or a series I’m doing. However, most of the time I don’t so I can often be found on the hunt for inspiration!
Where am I writing?
When I’m writing, you always find me somewhere comfortable. I never write at my desk, because that is reserved for things like homework, and other hell inducing activities. I usually write from my bed, or sometimes on the living room sofa but usually not because it can be distracting!
And when I start writing?
I’ll usually start writing at around 1pm on a Saturday, and finish at approximately 2am the following morning. I know! I must be so tired! But not really, I sleep in for ages and generally have pretty good stamina. This really long timeframe is only because I take huge breaks in and amongst. I usually finish the bare bones of a post in around an hour, two hours tops. But then there are so many other things to consider! With this hard work done, I reward myself with about a five-hour break. When I get back to my draft, I will re read it to refresh my memory and correct any obvious mistakes. Then I move on to pictures!
So, it’s quite clear to me that I’m not the best at photography in the blogosphere, but I do try to take a decent picture and I am still learning. Mostly, I’ll use my Iphone 6 camera, but on occasion when I really want to push the boat out, I use my Canon EOS1200 to take a picture. However, I am really bad at using this although I would love to learn! I’ll then edit whatever pictures I took, usually using an editing software on my computer or if I’m doing it on my phone, then I use VSCO and the built-in editing stuff in the photos app.
Edit, Edit, Edit!
So, now is where the real magic happens. I guess, but kinda not – you probably don’t even notice, but if this didn’t happen then you probably wouldn’t be reading! I first click on the very nifty little spell check button on the top bar of my post, and voila, pretty much everywhere are colourful lines filled with mistakes and errors that I need to fix. They’re usually things I have mis-typed, and pretty simple to fix, and sometimes its grammatical errors. I’m so glad for this feature, otherwise I know there would be things that my naked eye couldn’t spot and some god awful grammatical error would haunt the post for the rest of its existence. Even so, I go through and critique every line afterwards, checking for spelling mistakes, grammar issues and just seeing if everything makes sense. If I think something needs taking out or replacing, then I’ll do that, and just the same if I think things need to be added in.
Now, I don’t know about you (honestly, I don’t know if you even write blog posts, and if you don’t then this will make pretty much zero percent sense!), but when I’m reading my posts to myself, I sometimes read some words more expressed than others (in my head, of course, I’m not some crazy person who reads her blog posts out loud!). By this, I mean they deserve to be in italics, or, what I prefer to do, is put the word in bold. I just feel like by putting it in bold, it gives it more of an impact in the sentence and makes it stand out more – I sound like I’m writing some weird english language essay and this truly is giving me like flash backs to my year 10 mocks, which was a bad time for me *shudders*. So yeah, my editing is more me making the post look more attractive and making it seem more readable!
Tags and Categories!
I usually keep categories to a minimum, two or three that really fit the post is something I find works for me, but tags, that is a different question altogether. I add as many tags as humanly possible – well, nearly! I never forget to tag a post, because, well, I like describing my posts and tags help people find your post and it brings in more readers – what’s not to like? I have tags for everything, and I never fail to find ones to fit the post.
How do I choose my featured image?
Well, it depends! If my post has lots of images in, for example it’s a review or a haul, then I would probably go through all the pictures I took and find the most attractive one, and then that would be given the place of featured image. There are usually a few criteria I go by: it needs to be well-lit, it almost always needs to be a flatlay and it needs to be eye-catching. However, if, like this post I’m not using a lot of images, because it’s more of a chatty post, then I’ll use some editing software like Picmonkey or Canva to create a nice looking featured image. All the images on my blog are pinnable (which means you can pin them to your pinterest boards, and you totally should!) and so I always try aim to have ones which are quite attractive looking or if I create any graphics I always want them to be professional looking so that people might want to pin them!
So, after a final check, what do I do – schedule or post right away?
I schedule! I always have posts scheduled to go up, because I’m ‘supposed’ to stick to a posting schedule: Wednesdays and Saturdays. But guess what, it’s well established by many that I’m not very good at that, so I kind of just try stick to it but do whatever I want mostly. My posts always go up at 6PM GMT because I find that people are out of school and work and I seem to get the most traffic around that time, so I figured it’s a great time to post at. I usually have posts lined up in my scheduled section, ready to be posted!
And when the post is up?
When the post is up on my blog, I usually head over to twitter to share it, using blogger promoting accounts and hashtags. I’m always active on twitter, especially after a blog post is up! I then just go about my business, with my phone by my side so that I can reply to anyones comments instantly! I always love getting comments and interacting with people on my posts. I write on my laptop, but very rarely do I read blogs or interact with bloggers on there; it’s almost always on my phone – the WordPress app is so easy for that!
Thank you so much for reading this, I really hope you enjoyed it and got to know who’s behind all of the weirdly rubbish stuff on the blog! Make sure to check out Jas’ blog, as she was the one who inspired me with her post. Would you ever write a post like this – have you? If so, leave me your link and I’d love to read it!