I’ve been blogging since 2001 (holy crap, time flies!). When I’d first started back in high school, I’d simply blogged about what had happened to me that day. I didn’t have any sort of structure or process, but rather I just typed what was on mind. In college and beyond, my blogging output shrank, yet I still blogged about random things, but still without any clear structure or process. My blogging game hit a new low when I was doing my postgraduate programme, but I stepped it back up six months later upon graduation, this time with more structure and with an actual process! It took me a while to fine-tune the process, and I’m finally writing a post about what goes on behind the scenes with Aigoo.me.
Step 1: Plan and Ponder Ideas
I like to plan out what I post with the help of my planner. My column posts have set days, but there are those days in between that I can squeeze in blog posts that have nothing to do with my column. For those posts, I get the ideas on a whim, but I let them brew for a while. I keep a mental list of ideas and come up with a vague outline.
Step 2: Prepare Header Image
Once I have the concept floating around in my head, my next step is to prepare the header image, aka coming up with a title. This is the step I cannot skip. Even when I was writing fanfics, if I didn’t have a title, I couldn’t write anything. It’s the same with blogging. I need a title, and then once I have a title and a header image, then I can move onto the next step.
Step 3: Prepare Images
If I have images to accompany the post, I work on them next. I crop and apply various filter on them to achieve the look I want. Thank goodness for actions — they’re a timesaver for sure! When done, I upload them for the next step . . .
Step 4: Prepare Draft
I insert my header images and other images into the post, and then create what I call the “werwerwerw outline” as pictured above. Once the outline is done, that’s when I start typing up the actual content. All the “werwerwerw” transforms into paragraphs. I happily type away until I complete the draft.
Step 5: Preview and Proof Draft
I step away from my draft for a few hours to give my eyes and brain a break. When I return, I put it in preview mode and I read the text there because I spot my mistakes easier without the HTML coding in the raw draft. With two tabs opened — one of the raw draft and the other of the preview version — I alternate between them to correct my errors and do any re-writes that are needed.
Step 6: Publish Post
Lastly, when everything’s fixed and ready to go, I publish my post! I don’t really have a set time that I publish — usually when it’s convenient for me. With my post up, I can rest easy for a bit and then the process starts all over for my next post. It’s like a never-ending cycle, but one I don’t mind doing!
Do you have a blogging process? What’s it like? Do you do anything differently? Share with me in the comments!