It was 5 years ago when I joined Blogger and wrote my first blog post. So many things has change since the day I got the wild idea to start a blog. Everything from my blog’s name to my targeted reader has gotten a overhaul. Even my style of writing has developed. Back then I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. I started my first blog to track my weight lost journey. I didn’t even expect any body to read it. It was basically an online journal. After learning more about the blogging community and making a commitment to blogging, I closed down my first blog and started Becoming Fab in 2012. Over the last 3+ years, my writing process have evolved many times. I really wish I would have had someone to teach me how to write blog posts the right way from day one. Back then I just wrote without a niche or reader in mind. So today I thought I would share how I write my blog posts just in case any one out there needs a little guidance. However, keep in mind that this is just my way of writing. There are other methods and tools out there.
My Writing Process
About 80% of my post writing happens in Evernote*. I have three notebooks organized into a stack and the first one is for capturing post ideas. Whenever inspiration hits, I add my ideas to this notebook using a pre-formatted note that has a section for main ideas, keywords, and a brief description. At this point, I only come up with a title and a brief description of the post. Nothing major, just one or two lines. This method helps me keep everything in one place. Before I got Evernote, I would write my ideas down but could never keep up with the paper or remember which notebook I used. Evernote gives me access to my notes from my phone, computer, or iPad. And since I never leave the house without one of these things, I always have my notes.
Mapping Main ideas
When I’m ready to start writing my post, I move it from notebook 1 (post ideas) to notebook 2 (posts I’m writing). I focus on one post at a time to help stay focus. I start by coming up with the main ideas of the posts. I like to have 2 or 3 takeaways for each post. This makes sure the post has some value. When I first started blogging this was the biggest mistake I made… writing BS posts, just to have a post everyday.
After I have my main ideas, I research the topic to see what’s already out there on the web and to find references for my post. I clip references to notebook 2 to keep everything together and to make it easy to find links to give credit. I usually spend about 20-30 minutes doing this.
Next, I spend a hour or so writing each post. I do this in four easy steps:
Now here’s the fun part. I love taking pictures and playing around in Photoshop. If I’m writing a tutorial or craft project I use my own images. I shoot in raw mode on my dslr then make any changes needed using Photoshop. I use a PhotoShop template for my images based on recommendations from Dustn.tv. If I’m using stock photos then I look on Unsplash, Death to the Stock Photo, or Minimography for photos. This step could take anywhere from 15 minutes to a hour depending on if I’m using my images or stock images.
Editing & Proofing
After a day or two I proof and edit like a mofo. I edit my posts twice: 1st) to make sure it makes sense, 2nd) to make sure my copy doesn’t sound too stiff. After 4 years of grad school, it’s hard to switch between academic writing and creative writing so that the rationale behind the second edit.
I use CoSchedule* to schedule blog and social media posts. This plugin is amazing. It puts my blog posts, Facebook / Twitter / Google + post in one place. I also schedule my posts to go out to my mailing list.
If you have any questions or would like to share yours, please leave a comment below.
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