Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How Do You Write a Blog Post?

This is actually my 302nd post. Three hundred and two, I tell you! That’s kind of a lot, even if at the beginning there I felt like crappy haikus satisfied the blogging requirement, which it didn’t. But I have had time to practice, and after a while I’ve managed to hammer out a system for writing out my blog posts.

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It is not perfect and it is not concrete, but it is. And that is why I have decided to share it.

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1. Idea Formulation

Ideas are not super hard for me. Sometimes they pop up out of my brain, or are inspired by other people’s ideas, or my life in general. Of course, there are always slow idea days, but since reading, writing, and blogging are pretty consistent elements of my life, ideas are usually not hard for me.

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2. Drafting

Sometimes I draft on the computer, sometimes I draft on the paper. However, when I do it on paper I tend to write like Tarzan in a flurry of quick notes. I get out my ideas with as much mess as I desire. I type it up later with more precision. For example, I paper-drafted this blog post at a “don’t do drugs” orientation program at my school, and typed up the second draft while my dad showed his best friend all the pictures we took this year.

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3. Editing

95% of my posts were written at least one day between drafting and editing. Some only have a one day difference between the inspiration and instigation, and others end up lasting five months because I need to chill out. But, they all need fixing, and that's why I always look over them with a pair of fresh eyes before posting.

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4. Formatting

Once I finally get the words I want to express the idea I want, I finally copy it into the Blogger draft page. It’s just decorative work from there. Bold things, add pictures, GIFs, formatting, and so forth to make it presentable, at least in my opinion at the time.

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5. Post

And, of course, I end up presenting it to the world at last! Lately I’ve been scheduling all my posts at 6 AM MST, which means I can prepare a week’s posts on the weekends and not have to worry about it again until the day of its arrival.

That’s how I write my blog posts. Thus is my system. *bows very fancily*

How do you write your blog posts? Do you have a system?


22 comments :

  1. I don't edit my blog posts really, except for basic things like typos. I also need to fix formatting a lot, usually after scheduling it and seeing a preview, because wordpress is a monster with formatting. I do like to edit, especially when writing english essays (I love writing essays and making every word just right, and its way easier to edit them than to edit any longer thing (the novel I wrote is still a pile of terrible because editing takes time)) I schedule most things, since Shar and I (unlike any other co-bloggers we know of) alternate weeks where we can post as much as we want) and scheduling is just easier. Book Review are the easiest, since I write them on goodreads anyway- I just add an image and copy paste the description. This is really interesting though, and my posts really could do with some editing...

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    1. *nods* It's interesting that you say that, since people usually say that Wordpress has a far more sophisticated format than blogspot. I edit all the time with my essays, too. XD I've always found you and your sister's system to be very interesting, though! Thanks for your thoughts, Shanti!

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  2. I don't really edit my blog posts much, with a few notable exceptions. I usually have and idea and write it, and while I often schedule, I don't always schedule at the same time. Really, my editing depends on the post... my discussion post are usually well planned and edited, while reviews and tags vary from a little to not at all. I'm sure this occasionally compromises my post's qualities (unlike yours, of course) but I am a busy squirrel most of the time, sadly

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    1. *nods* Scheduling things all at once can take a long time. And I can totally understand being busy, I've been feeling that way quite a lot lately!

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  3. I love the way you blog! Your posts are always interesting and fun to read. Your process is similar to mine, although I need a whole lot more practice to start cranking out stuff with the consistent quality that you do. Congrats on 302 posts!

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    1. Thank you! I've enjoyed your blog posts, too, although I'm afraid I'm not all caught up at this instant. :( I look forward to seeing your blogs continue to grow!

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  4. :P This is pretty much my system, although I very rarely draft by hand. If I don't have my computer available, and I need to jot down some ideas, I'll use my iPod, but I don't do even that very often. I tend to need the actual action of typing to get most of my thoughts out. Dunno why.

    Also like you, I wait at least one day before posting so I can have fresh eyes, although I do aim for a three-day window--one for drafting, one for editing, and then one for another round of editing. Usually during that time period, I have someone else read the post too, just to point out places where I might be lacking in clarity or common sense or general intelligence. You know, the small things. And then I copy onto the Blogger draft page and format till I'm satisfied.

    Oh, and I approve of your GIF usage. *hugs Thor*

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    1. I do not have an iPod or a phone, so I always have to use paper. XD It's a necessity thing, not a complicated writer thing. It's interesting that you need that system, though!

      That's pretty committed, although your posts are longer than mine. I think I might edit more if my posts were longer, too. I sometimes have friends read when I think I'm going to be controversial, but usually I figure no one has time for that. Still, it's obvious that you are a very committed blogger through your system!

      *hugs Thor too* He is great.

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  5. I usually write out my post when I get an idea, and let the drafts accumulate over the week. Then I pick two or three over the weekend, format, edit, get pictures, and schedule it so my scatterbrained mind doesn't have to remember to post something during the week. I do like your process, though. And wow, 302 posts! That's awesome. *throws confetti*

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    1. I have a lot of posts accumulated, at least for me. *wince* I like scheduling, too! Otherwise nothing would ever be consistent around here. :P Thanks, Victoria!

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  6. I have a system when life is calm, but otherwise my posting is random. I only tend to leave a day for editing when it's a very write-y post.

    Well done on 302 posts!!

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    1. Ugh, yeah. Business messes all blogging things up. :P

      Thanks, Opal!

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  7. I kiiiind of have a system?!? Although not really. xD I have a schedule of what I post when, but the getting of ideas comes whenever it wants. -_- So some weeks I have 92802 ideas and try to get them all at least semi-written down while they're there. hehe I DEFINITELY edit a million times before publishing and I still find awkward typos. ARGHHH. Clearly I need, like, a clone to edit for me.

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    1. I have SO MANY posts because I get probably 523 ideas, which is less than yours, but they seriously pile up after a while. :P Editing is so important, and then you always miss something. Blogging is hard. -.-

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  8. Erm. You have such a developed system. I just scribble down my ideas in a doc on my computer, but 99% of the ideas can't be written into blog posts. At some point I'll realise I need to write more posts and open twenty tabs to write them simultaneously. I'll schedule them and give them a quick proofread the day before it goes up.

    302 posts is an interesting milestone to celebrate, but have some cake and takeout all the same!

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    1. *nods* Well, whatever works, right? I sometimes have days when I can punch out a system, but most days I cannot. I sort of just have to deal with the things I can pop out on a weekly basis!

      Really it was going to be the 300th post but that ended up being Monday and I don't post blogly things on Mondays. Thanks, Alyssa!

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  9. Since I do a book review on Fridays, those are sort of simple. I have a form I keep on my computer and I just fill it out when I do my review. (I typically keep 5-7 reviews stockpiled at a time). Then, the weekend prior to posting, I copy-paste into blogger and do basic formatting/ editing.

    Miscellaneous posts are a bit less consistent--I typically hash them out the weekend before publishing them and then read them the night before they're set to go out. (I'm also a big fan of the scheduling button). Lately, I've discovered the value of series--it sort of gives me an idea of what I should be brain storming during the week so that my mind doesn't go blank during crunch time.

    302 is really impressive! And I love your gifs!

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    1. Oh, stock forms are so nice. And I also like stockpiling easy posts, just because then you can put them up whenever and give yourself a break. *nods*

      Scheduling is so nice, right? I haven't ever tried a series, but I think Aimee Meester does a great job on her blog with similar thematic elements. You have great thoughts. Thanks, RM! :)

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  10. I don't really have a system, but it usually goes like idea-->draft-->edit-->post. Of course, that usually goes a number of ways. Sometimes, I can spend days mulling over what to write, and other times, it takes no time at all. But your process is actually pretty similar to mine. The only difference is that I don't schedule--like ever. I tried it a few times in the past, but it never posted at the right time, or wouldn't show up in readers until much later, but maybe that's just a WordPress glitch :/

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    1. *nods* No two posts are the same, eh? Just like no two days are the same either, come to think of it. I do schedule frequently just because I don't have time during the week, usually, but I'm sorry it doesn't work with Wordpress!

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  11. This actually sounds a lot like my system. *squints* Actually, it sounds /exactly/ like my system, though I generally have only a few hours to a few days between drafting and editing, and I rarely schedule ahead of time.

    Cool post!


    Alexa
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    1. Hey, twinning! I have to schedule ahead of time just because of my busy life, I'm afraid, but I'm glad that you are able to look at your posts with fresh eyes. Thanks for reading, Alexa!

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