I’ve been regularly posting stories on this blog for almost two years now. A lot has changed from day one. The overall concept and layout of the blog has done a 180, and most importantly, I’ve changed. Now that I’m in college, I either don’t have the time, or don’t want to make the time to sit down and write a post every week. There are many factors I put into my process that a lot of people don’t even think about. Everyone runs a blog a little bit differently, and they do whatever works for them.
I’ve never used a planner to write up posts. I write almost every blog post in my notes section on my phone. It’s convenient for me, and I can whip it out whenever I need it. I have a minimum of three separate note documents going at the same time.
The first document is my list of post ideas. This list is just a bullet list of anything I’d like to write about. Sometimes if one is time specific (like for a holiday or season), I’ll list that next to it. Also, at the end is a list of dishes I want to cook or ideas for future recipes.
Second would be my monthly schedule. At the beginning of the month I lay out everything I need to do for the month. Normally, this includes two regular blog posts about whatever I want, 4-5 recipe ideas, and my end of the month favorites.
When I’m brainstorming ideas, I’ll refer back to my post idea list. If I can’t think of something, I’ll just google things that are happening this month or see what’s coming up in my life.
Making recipes is my favorite type of post to write. Again, I start by looking at my list. From there I go on to Pinterest. There on the cooking home page, it shows me trends and helps me find inspiration. Now that I have the dishes picked out, I move on to research.
I look at what other people are doing when they make their recipe. I try to sort out what the essential ingredients are of a dish and I build off of that. I think of what flavors work well together and how can I make this recipe as easy as possible. Finally, I test out that recipe. I usually cook two weeks of recipes at a time. I’d say 90% of the time, the recipes come out as plan, or I try to salvage it into something different. I then make any needed changes to my recipes.
My third document of the month is all about my monthly favorites. Whenever I find something that I love, I just write myself a quick note about it. Also, I try to find source links to go with the product. This includes songs that I want to put in my monthly playlist too.
My actual writing process is two weeks long. If I don’t procrastinate, I start writing a week before a blog post is supposed to be uploaded. I do this so I can make changes to it during the week and have time for my editor Amanda to read through it. This doesn’t always happen though. I write two weeks worth of posts at a time just so I can get it out of the way and work on other things.
After I have my first draft done on my phone, I copy and paste it into Google Drive. From there, I turn the pages of nonsense into a post. Again, I copy and paste it into Grammarly to get any initial grammar errors sorted out. Then one paragraph at a time, I listen to Google Translate read it back to me. Finally, I make my final edits and send the file to Amanda to do her edits.
While Amanda does her magic, I get a headstart on pictures needed for the post. Every post needs a header, and some require me to edit photos. I use a Rebel T6 to shoot photos, and I always take the pictures in a RAW format. I start by opening them in Adobe Bridge, then edit them using Camera Raw in Photoshop. My headers are cropped to fit the screen properly and are exported as a JPG file.
Sometimes I don’t take the photos I use on my blog. Majority of the time the images come from Pexels, which is a free stock image website. Other times, I use Creative Commons to source non-copyrighted pictures.
Though I add to my monthly playlist of music throughout the month, sometimes it’s not long enough. When this happens, I add music that I’ve downloaded in the last 30 days. I go the extra mile and make a cover for the Spotify playlist. Those are made using Canva.