Ok, this post has been swirling around in my head for months (maybe even years) now. I don’t really know how to put ‘how I blog’ into words-although I can say that it’s not easy. So here’s my blog post process.
Before I go on let me remind you that blogging isn’t just writing, read this for more info on what to know before starting a blog.
I recently started opening Snapchat again- just to view the stories of some brands, magazines or people that I follow. I love to watch the Popsugar stories and I was hit with the idea to try out some products then write about it. Groundbreaking I know, but it felt like it to me. Here are more ideas to gain inspiration.
This should be the part where I outline my ideas- but I don’t (sorry to like all my english teachers). I usually just sit down at my desk with a blank WP post and go for it.
SEO, SEO, SEO
Thanks to the Yoast plugin, I can track what I need to add to make a SEO worthy blog post. I like to make sure there are no red lights, only two or three orange lights that aren’t major ranking areas and that the rest are green. Things like keyword placement, word counts, readability, meta information and alt text.
Take or find photos
This used to be the first thing I did. It sometimes still is, but I found that as I’m writing I change directions and the photos I took no longer fit anymore. That’s when I scratch those photos for the blog and save it for Instagram.
If I don’t take photos (or forget…) I use stock photos. These are the subscriptions I have, but I also use Pexels, Unsplash and other sites.
Or make graphics
Sometimes I really don’t want to take photos so instead I make graphics. I also have a Giphy plugin that I use a lot too.
This section can take a while. I re-read my post, add sub-heads, pick the right category, choose the appropriate tags and add photos. Read this for what makes a good blog post.
Re-read it again
Here I look for typos, broken links (which I still miss from time to time) and mistakes. I also add in ‘click to tweet’ s, extra photos, graphics or GIFs if needed and whatever I haven’t completed yet.
I schedule it (Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 8 AM CST) and I’m done!
What’s your blog post process like?