I’m always interested in ways other people blog. I think I can narrow it down to two reasons: I’ve been helped a ton by other bloggers and I’m curious about other people’s methods. Just like there are so many different style of book blogs, I know there are just as many ways people blog, so I thought it would be fun to share my process (and scare you at the chaos known as my mind) and hear from all of you and your methods! Maybe I’ll steal some of your ideas too…
Total side note, but am I the only one where ideas come at the most random of all times? It’s like inspiration knows it’s the most inopportune time. Middle of a sermon? Why not?! Half way through a run? Neat, here’s a life changing blog post. Oh, you’re swimming and don’t have access to anything? Get ready for this one! Let’s high five Google for creating Google Drive. I’ve been known to pull off in a random parking lot to type out an idea on my phone. Because if I don’t, the idea will forever be lost. I digress.. 🙂
After I finish a book I’m going to blog about, I try write out a few thoughts right after I finish – those key points that clarify my initial reaction. Most of these thoughts don’t make it into the post, but they remind me of my feelings. I try to write the full post within a week, but if I don’t have the time, at least I have those key notes.
As far as pictures go, I’ll usually do those in batches on the weekend, so I can have the lighting that I like. A photographer is nothing without the right kind of light.
Then comes formatting. I can’t say this is my favorite, but what helps is watching movies while copying and pasting into wordpress. I also try to schedule my posts during this time too, so I’m just not staring at the computer all.day.long.
I’m a planner, so usually I have my calendar planned 2-3 weeks ahead (confession: the past month this statement has been sitting on a throne of lies, I’m either squeezing in posts right before work or the night before. But that’s life sometimes). Of course I’m willing to switch around ideas and things, but for the most part I have an idea of what is coming and when. So if Gandalf invites me on an adventure, I’ll be set for the next couple of weeks blogging :).
My favorite programs
Photoshop: it’s a difficult program, but once you learn it, you’ll love it. Unless you do photography or design though, I’d suggest using other programs and apps out there. Much much cheaper and easier 🙂
WordPress: I used blogger in my early blogging days, but I adore wordpress and would never go back. It took me a while to adjust, but it was 100% worth it!
Buffer: This is my BFF. I schedule 98.7% of my Twitter posts using this guy. There’s a free version and a paid version where you can have unlimited posts scheduled. This is perfect for me, because I can schedule all my throwback posts (old posts) way in advance and not have to think about it. I definitely suggest doing that, it keeps old posts alive and I’m always up for new discussions!
So how about you blogging friends? What are some things you do? Do you have a schedule or more fly by the seat of your pants each week? I’d love to hear what you do!
Also, I had the chance to chat ways to avoid book review burnout over at Litfuse, so be sure to check it out here!