I love blogging and try post a few times a week. However, sitting in front of a computer can be very tiresome and I've been known to spend extended hours on posts. Many times, all I am doing is staring at the screen, wondering what to do next.
I've had to come up with a process or method, if you will. Utilizing this method has helped me produce great posts (in my own unbiased opinion) and it has minimized my time in front of the computer.
Here it is:
1. Title/thought/idea. The first thing I do when I open a new post is to write my title. It might not be the title I use in the final draft, but having something in that top text box gives me direction and a jumping off point.
2. Images. Before I start with the text of my post, I plan my images. If they're personal images, I edit them using Picnik. If they're stock images, I search for them and save them and their sources so they'll be ready to go. I then edit images and this is usually the lengthiest part of my blogging method. Usually but not always.
4. Walk away. I leave my browser open and go get a drink of water, use the restroom, chat with the hubs, watch some TV. I give myself about 20 minutes. The point of this part is to relieve my eyes and freshen my mind up. Fresh eyes and minds catch mistakes more easily.
5. Edit. I reread my blog post and edit for the final draft, the one that will show up in your dashboard. I analyze my images to make sure they make sense in the spot they are in. I make sure I don't digress too much, which I am often prone to do. I will read out loud and if it's a particularly long post, I will have my hubs read it. I do my blogging at night, therefore I am tired and need to be extra meticulous.
Of course, then I click "Post." Using this method has saved me time and improved my blog posts.
Do you think there is value in blogging methodically? What processes do you utilize to post a blog?
(Top image source.)