Hey guys! I received a couple requests to discuss “a day in the life of a blogger,” so I’ve included a new video I filmed last weekend that walks you through my typical blogging day, the equipment I use, as well as my editing software and site platform. You can find all the details and links to the camera equipment I showed in the video here, as well as a more detailed schedule below.
Here’s a further breakdown of how I create each of my posts:
- Brainstorm — I keep a running list of blog post ideas in my planner at all times, that way I can write down any ideas I think of throughout the day. Though I’d like to say I have posts done weeks in advance, that’s not the case. It’s so important for me to have a list of ideas ready to go so all I have to do is select one and go ahead and get started on putting a post together whenever I have time.
- Plan — If I plan posts ahead of time, it’s typically over the weekend. I figure out what days I want to post what and I try to space out posts of the same category (lifestyle, wedding, fashion, etc.) so it’s not too much of one topic back to back.
- Take photos — This can be tricky with the winter gloom we’ve been having for the past few months! I usually have to take my photos mid-day on the weekends because I’m not home during prime daylight hours throughout the week. This means planning out a couple posts in advance to make sure I have all the photos I need when I have new content go live.
- Edit photos — My editing techniques tend to vary a bit based on each photo, but I talk more about my editing process here if you’d like to see how I do it. Though I have so much practice with this, it still takes me a while since I’m such a perfectionist.
- Draft a post — When drafting posts, I type up everything that I could possibly want to say, and then I edit and condense it. Drafting posts becomes second nature when you’ve been blogging for a while, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also have moments where I sometimes draw a blank. Breaking the post down into subheadings or bullets can really help you hit your main points when you’re feeling stuck.
- Proofread — It seems like I can’t proofread enough sometimes! I read through each post several times to make sure it flows and will be enjoyable for others to read as well. Sometimes just little changes can take your entire post to the next level! I find it essential to make sure I have a nice balance of text and photos.
- Schedule — I schedule my posts 99% of the time, meaning I choose to have them go live automatically at a specific time. This helps me stay consistent and allows me to still be active on my blog, even if I’m busy.
- Create email — I send out my post notifications and newsletters through MailChimp. This site is great for creating professional content and allows for so much customization, which I LOVE!
- Promote — I promote each of my posts through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram Stories and Google+. This ensures that my followers know that I’ve posted new content and gives them a peek at what I’m sharing on my blog that day.
- Vlogging — On a separate but relevant note, my typical blogging day consists of vlogging now too! I’ve started sharing more of my daily life with you guys on my YouTube channel as of a couple weeks ago, so subscribe if you want to follow along. 🙂
I hope you enjoy my video and this further look into my blogging schedule! What does your typical blogging day look like?