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.

I break down my blog post process, writing, editing, taking photos, making graphics and of course publishing (scheduling).

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.

Get inspired

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.

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Write

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.

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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.

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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.

Formating

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.

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I schedule it (Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 8 AM CST) and I’m done!

What’s your blog post process like?

 

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Cristina Criddle

    It’s great to have a set process to keep on track with goals! I always keep a list handy of what there is to do on my blog still.

  • Heidi Roland

    Thanks for sharing your process!

  • For me, getting the photos takes up the most time and delays me. I wish I just didnt need any pictures since it would make my life so much easier! ha!

    • Lol I feel the same way sometimes.

  • I have a very similar process and it works great for me!! I would say the photos take the most time and forget about if you have to make a video! lol

  • I have a similar process! Also, your photos are amazing. 🙂

  • Miss ALK

    Posts like these are so fun! I always upload my photos (or graphic) first, and then write after that. Then I go back and add links that I reference to my older posts, other bloggers’ posts, and my affiliate links! 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • MK

    Its always interesting to read other bloggers’ processes and compare notes. Thanks for being transparent with yours!

  • Tiffany Stein Staples

    I am SO glad you posted this! I was writing a post, to which I just sit down with a blank WP page too, and was daydreaming about how other super organized bloggers probably do it much better than I do. I don’t know why, but photos take me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. I feel like I am constantly tweaking photos!

    Tiffany | http://tiffanystaples.com

    • Lol I don’t know about super organized, I fell super chaotic most of the time!

  • Such a great post! I’ve had one in the works for months like this, but I’m waiting to post it!

  • Great tips! always fun to see others BTS

  • Kate

    Great process. It is similar to mine.

  • McKennableu

    Thanks for posting. This sounds similar to my process, kinda cool to see how others write their posts too. Worst part for me is checking for grammar errors.

    • Lol no matter how much I re-read it, something always falls through the cracks.

  • Wish there was something like Yoast for blogger!

  • I really need to get better about SEO! Sounds like you have a great process down!

    • I tend to rely on the Yoast plugin a little too much haha.

  • Adriana

    It’s always so interesting to see other bloggers’ process! We all do it differently – so fun!

  • Yes to all of this! Very similar to my own process.

  • Azanique

    I totally need to work on SEO! Just a great outline.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Mine is pretty much the same! Yoast definitely makes the SEO portion a whole lot easier!

  • We have a similar process! I do send my post to my boyfriend sometimes to he can re read the post.

  • We have a similar process, we try to keep all of our blog drafts in WP so we can all read them and contribute. We switch between photos first or words first depending on the post. If its DIY heavy, we’ll look through the photos we took of the process and build out the post around them

  • I like to blog in the moment. I often write about current life or reflecting so I get just hopping in the computer and just going for it.

    I don’t use as many pictures, but I usually have some available to pull from after I write.

    Thanks for sharing your process. 🙂

  • Amy

    Loved hearing how you process each blog post! I have a similar process.

  • oooh I love your blog process! I need to work on SEO I get some traffic from Bing but google not so much 🙁

    • I seriously haven’t been on Bing in forever haha!

  • SEO and quality photos are really big for me too! I love how you really broke down your process!

  • Sometimes getting inspired is easier than writing. I’ve had a few blog post ideas that ended up just not working.