I have been blogging (on and off) for over two years at this point! While my blog has not been incredibly consistent, I still think I’ve learned a few things along the way. Today, I am going to share with you my blogging routine and how I go about writing posts!
I will be the first to admit that it can be challenging to come up with post ideas. To try to combat “blogger’s block,” I am constantly writing down blog post ideas. I have lists on both my computer and phone of posts that I would like to do, and I add to them each time I think of an idea. If I’m feeling more stuck than usual, I will simply look up “blog post ideas” on Pinterest and find hundreds of results!
Planning the Post:
In the past, I tried to post one-two times a week, but there was never a definite post schedule that I was able to stick to. I try to stay on track by writing in my planner on which days I plan to post. I also like to outline posts immediately when I have the idea for them, so that I am able to look back at the outline when I sit down to actually write.
*** As for NaBloPoMo, I am for the most part spontaneously posting, and using old drafts as the post outline!
Writing the Post:
You would think this would be the most time consuming step, but 9/10 I find that it isn’t. Once I have a post idea and a solid outline, I find it pretty easy to type out the text. I host my blog with WordPress, and I sometimes just type the post directly in the application. More recently, I have been writing my posts on the go and when I am away from my personal computer. I find it easier to use Google Docs for my posts now because I can access them from basically any computer.
Oh, and of course the last step would be to edit! Who wants to spend lots of time on a post only to have readers stop reading because of grammatical or spelling errors?
The visual aspect of blog posts is almost as important as the text portion! I usually take my pictures for posts using my iPhone 6, and I find that it does the job pretty well. Obviously not Canon or Nikon quality, but for a girl on a tight college budget, it works just fine. I use either Canva or PicMonkey to edit and add text to the images!
Promoting the Post:
What is the point of publishing a post if no one is going to read it? Social media is key in getting your post out there. Pinterest is great for bringing traffic to your blog, but you want to make people want to keep reading for consistent traffic. It is important to also increase engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Even though I have been slowly growing my accounts, I am hardly a social media expert. There are so many other great social media guides you can find on Google and Pinterest!