Blogging 101: How I Blog

I thought it would be a nice idea to tell you guys how I like to blog. I find it really interesting to see how everyone has their own ways of blogging, and I would love to hear how you guys write/plan your posts!

Marking Magazine Pages

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This is only something I’ve recently started doing, but boy, does it help. When I can, I go and get a bunch of womans, fashion, beauty etc. magazines, and then flick through them with my trusty block of sticky page tabs. I mark down any pages that I want to read, things that catch my eye, any new products on the way, fashion catwalks, and inspiration. It’s surprising how many more ideas you can get from magazines, but please don’t copy them. Having ideas and using the same products they’ve mentioned is fine, but coping the magazine word for word is ridiculous. Be your own person!

Inspiration Books

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Similar to the magazines, I buy books which fit my blogging genre. Currently, I have the cliché lifestyle books (Love x Style x Life and Capture Your Style), but I honestly have found them so helpful. Get yourself on Amazon (You could go to the library, but I prefer to keep my inspiration books) and find books that will fit with your blog genre. If you’re a healthy eating blog, get some cook books. If you’re a mummy blog, get yourself some baby books. You get the gist.

My Office (Or My Garden)

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Welcome to my office! I tend to do most of my posts in the garden, or if its raining or night-time, I then switch over into my bed. I think working outside works the best for me since obviously the lighting will be the brightest outside so I can take any photos I need. Also, its great if I’m halfway through a post, and realise I haven’t taken a feature photo, then I can quickly snap it there and then. I do also try to keep myself as focused as possible, and try to write my blog posts when it’s quite, so then I’m not disturbed. Find a place that best suits you and your needs! It could be your bed, your office, your garden, a coffee shop, or even an internet cafe! Wherever you feel most productive!

Backgrounds & Props

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Background: Getting myself backgrounds was a HUGE help. I was constantly trying to take my photos on my bed sheets, but I could never get the lighting right, and my dogs would always end up sticking their noses in the shot. I brought some white marble sticky back vinyl (classic I know) and stuck this onto a foam board. I also have another foam board that I’ve left white, but I never quite realised how fast they get dirty! Hobbycraft, here I cone. Another thing I use quite a lot is wall paper. I brought a roll off of eBay, and then I went into B&Q and got a shit ton of samples. My room is literally covered in wallpaper now.95DD58D9-FB0D-49F7-AF11-43BB6F992456.jpeg

Props: Ahh my one true love. Props are actually amazing. The difference in a photo with and without them is crazy. I honestly just go around my house, and pick up different things I think would go. I’ve used decorative plates, glasses, crystals, shells, hip flasks, makeup products, etc. You can literally use anything. I also find that charity shops have some really good things that you can use as props, so definitely have a look around and see what you could use. Also, if you type ‘Blog Props’ into Pinterest, you’ll find loads of different ideas. Props are the way forward!!

Scheduling

I don’t know what I would do without being able to schedule my posts. I post every single day, meaning I have a LOT of writing to do. There are days where I write 6 posts in one day, and there are days where I’m simply not even interested in opening my laptop. I only post things I’m happy with, and I’m proud of writing, so I find scheduling is honestly amazing for those days you don’t want to write, but you know you have content still being posted. Currently, I’m writing this on the 19th July, but you’ll end up seeing this at the end of the month/start of next month, but I’m always moving my posts around.

Calendar

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My calendar is my best friend. You’ve likely seen that recently I’ve done a LOT of collabs. I am AWFUL at remembering dates, so every time we would agree on a date, I would jot it down along with scheduling it. I can also easily see what my next blog posts are, and try to mix them up a little. For example, I try not to have two ‘Blogging 101’ posts on two consecutive days.

Research

If I’m writing a post about skin care for example, I want to make sure I know my shit before I write about it. I tend to look at 3-4 websites about the thing I’m writing about, before I put it in my post.

Notes, Lists & Post It Notes

Following from the post above, I literally have notes everywhere. I have them in journals, notebooks, my iPhones notes, everywhere! If I’m out and I suddenly see something that sparks idea, I write it down straight away.

Drafts

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As you can see, I bloody love drafts. These are all uncompleted blog posts. Some of them have photos attached without text, and some have text without photos. I find it so much easier this way, so then I can just jump into my drafts and work on something new.

There we have it! That is how I blog! I do try to be super organised with blogging, but I think I have to be since I post everyday.

How do you blog? What’s your favourite blogging tip that you’ve found?

 


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70 thoughts on “Blogging 101: How I Blog

  1. This was really interesting to read… I definitely do a few of these myself! Especially scheduling and drafts – being prepared is the key for getting shit up and out on time! Magazines are a great idea; I need to find some that I like!xx

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  2. I am just like you with the drafts, I have so many! I just haven’t had the motivation to finish them yet. I love how easy it is for me to just jump back into it xo

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      1. Me too, which is why most of them are only half complete! I just then stay bored of it, and don’t want to throw it in the trash ‘just incase!’ xo

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  3. These are some amazing tips – I love going through all the wallpaper at B&Q but never thought that nabbing their samples could be so useful! Also the magazine tip is great, I should start reading them more!
    Emma
    emmadrury.com 💛

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  4. I really enjoyed this post, especially the tip about using wall paper samples as backgrounds. Would you mind if I posted something inspired by this post on my own site? I would be sure to link back to your post 🙂

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  5. This was so informative!! I need to get myself more backgrounds and props, especially as we all know how the sun is in the UK 😐

    I was amazed when I found out some months ago that the marble background is actually from vinyl adhesives or wallpapers. It honestly looked like it was such a huge trend that people had marble furniture or something 😂😂 little did I know…

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    1. I was so shocked too! I was like ‘how does everyone afford all this marble furniture?!’ and then I read someones post and I was so taken back haha! in the future, I want to try and get some lighting so that I don’t have to rely on the weather as much! x

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  6. I do loads of notes for my blog and most of them are on my phone. Also in journals and notebooks and my laptop, it’s absolutely insane. I also schedule a lot of my posts especially since I’m away on holiday and don’t have as much time as I would at home. It’s absolutely brilliant. I use my bed and blankets for backgrounds sometimes and I am also finding it difficult with the lighting so I need to find some wallpaper to use for sure. Thank you for the tips, they have really helped me. x

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  7. I spend most of my time thinking about what I have at home/my personal experiences, what kind of content I wish I could see as a consumer, and if my experiences would line up or be helpful to the everyday consumer. Then I try to figure out when I have the time to commit to the photos I want and the rest of the process… haha

    I would like to get to scheduling posts (2-3 a week would be ideal for me right now) but still trying to find that balance for the time needed since making a post isn’t just writing something… it’s taking photos, post-editing time, writing and verifying accuracy, proof reading, etc.

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    1. Blogging is definitely a lot harder then people first thing! I love it so much, but it definitely keeps me busy! Scheduling is the most helpful way of blogging I’ve found! I post every single day, so it helps me an incredible amount! Hoping that you will be able to start posting more, Mandy! x

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  8. You’re so organised! Haha this is terrible, but most of the time I don’t write my posts till it’s the day that I’m going to post. I’ll think back at any products I’ve used, or movies I’ve seen or books I’ve read and kinda go with the flow when it comes to posting. I wish I could have scheduled posts like you, but I tend to do a lot of fiction writing too so it’s hard for me to get all that writing done ahead of time!

    But I love your prop ideas, I need to get better at that!

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      1. Oh, I struggle waking up early! I sleep through my alarm almost daily, haha. Which means I actually manage to drag myself out of bed by 6am if I don’t oversleep. But sadly the office I work at opens at 8am!

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    1. You’re very welcome! Props used to scare the hell out of me, but now I find myself picking things up everywhere! I’m writing a little props post (which you’ve reminded me that I need photos for!), so ill try and get that posted soon for you! x

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  9. I found this article very helpful, it’s nice to see how others blog, their methods, like I said before it’s impressive how you blog everyday. I tend to blog every two weeks, one because my day to day is so hectic and working full time, but also for the fear of running out of things to write about. Currently I jot notes down on my smartphone like my blog titles, I take all of my pictures first either the day before I tend to blog and then the words literally flow thru me as I sit in front of my laptop. I like to add character to my writing like some lyrics, sayings, etc.. so people don’t get bored.

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