Imogen's Method For Writing Blog Posts19:00
A couple of weeks ago, Katie Grace@A Writer’s Faith wrote about how she goes about writing a blog post. Now, I love seeing other people’s processes, comparing them to my own, and picking up helpful tips, so I was instantly intrigued. And also wanted to write one of my own. So today, for your viewing pleasure and amusement, I present you with my personal process for writing blog posts. It will be highly illuminating, and entirely useless for gaining tips from (unless you want to know the worst way to be a blogger that is, in which case do I have the post for you!)
Open a Word document. Stare at it blankly. Open YouTube. Contemplate giving up and hiding in a cave for the rest of my existence.
Blogging is hard.
Right. A post will never be written without a subject. What kind of post? I could use a topic from my super organised phone list. Or I could write about robot chickens.
Robot chickens it is.
Whip out that trusty notebook and smudgy pen, because we’ve got a post to plan. And by plan I mean scrawling a couple of dodgy bullet points of course. Alternatively, if we’re not writing an Elements Of or list post, we could just dispense with the whole planning thing and smash some words out onto the page.
Who needs plans anyway?
Smash words onto the screen like Hulk. Actually, that’s pretty terrible. Rewrite that beginning. Six times…Meh, I’ll come back and write that later. Smash more words on the screen. Write half a draft. Ooh, what’s that on YouTube? New video, score!
Wait, what was I doing again?
Right. Let’s do this post writing thing. More words on the screen. Hulk has nothing on my smashing abilities. Ooh, that’s actually not bad. I think I’ve got it this time. Oh wait, what was I writing about? This wasn’t in the plan. Plan, what plan? This is way better.
This is awful.
What was I thinking? *cringe* Quick, delete. DELETE. Wait, that line there’s ok. First paragraph has got to go though. Rewrite every word twice. Much better. Ok, go through every paragraph one more time. But as you finish each one, paste it in Blogger. Then you can feel accomplished. Nice work!
Picture. Picture. What do I do for a picture? Can I possibly get away with another free photo of paper and pens? Maybe another paper texture of the background? I could take a photo of my own…No. That’s a terrible idea. Stock photo it is then. Fonts. Fonts. Which fonts go together? How does one know which fonts to pair together? Hey, that looks rather good. I should be a graphic designer.
Scratch that, it’s awful.
There. Picture done. Format the list. Bold. Centre. Large font. Bold. Centre. Large Font. NO. Don’t turn the whole post bold. Gah, why is formatting so hard? I’ve done rather a lot of this list posts recently actually. Maybe I should cut back a bit.
Preview. Ok, everything looks like it’s in the right post. You got all your fingers and toes there buddy? That’s nice. And PUBLISH.
WHAT IS THAT NOTE IN BRACKETS STILL DOING IN THERE? Is that half a paragraph missing? And oh my goodness, someone take my writer’s badge back. I wrote ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’ the whole way through. Mayday! Mayday! Writer meltdown. Delete. Delete. BURN IT WITH FIRE.
That wasn’t too bad actually. I could do more of these in a week I’m sure. Maybe I could be one of those daily bloggers. Or next time I could make picture headings instead of just text. The possibilities are endless.
Wait…what am I going to write tomorrow?
And that’s basically my process. Anyone else relate to this? If you want to see a slightly more organised and helpful post, you should check out Katie Grace’s one HERE (sorry about this post Katie. I did try to be sensible. Or it was in the plan somewhere, I’m sure…). My friend Sunny@A Splash of Ink also did one of these posts. It is amazing, and you should hop over HERE and give that a look too. And tell me, what does your blog post writing process look like?