Hello everyone and welcome to another blog post! Are you a blogger who often experience writer’s block? Lack of motivation to write or loss of inspiration? Out of ideas? If you are, then my past “blogger self” can totally relate to you! Before, I would stare in the editor and write nothing, then I yawn and go back to bed, not publishing anything and I thought that it’s really bad. Lately, I noticed that I’ve been doing a routine that has been really effective for me in writing. This might help you too so keep on reading!
My Blogging Routine
1. I clean my desk or workspace first.
We have different ways to blog. Some might be used to blog on their phones while in bed and some might be used to blog on their laptops in their desks or work space. I belong to the latter one and it really keeps me motivated to see that my workspace is clean as there will be no distractions. I take all the time to get ready and prepare for the post that I am going to do. Also, I make sure that I am sitting properly while my feet is on the ground because it keeps me more energized.
2. Read posts to get inspired! + Check emails!
I really get inspiration from the bloggers I follow and I really believe that if you want to write, you really have to read, too. So if you’re experiencing writer’s block or you can’t find any inspiration, read posts! It also becomes as my warm up to get into that “writing feel” and it’s really effective for me. I also really love interacting and commenting to other blogger’s posts and I swear it really inspires me and gets me into the mood. Also, make it a habit to always check your emails because you never know what’s waiting for you, right?
3. Start writing.
Do what you have to do to prepare for writing. The time I spend in writing a post usually range from 30 minutes to an hour or two, depending on the type of post I am working on, so I always keep a glass of water beside me to keep me hydrated while writing.
This part also comes with the search for stock photos I can use to make my post more presentable. For example, this post that I’m currently doing right now, there’s a photo after every subheading which would make it really informative and professional to look at. I always use Pexels to search for stock photos that are free to use. Of course, it’s better if you own the pictures and I am really working hard on this part but for now, it’s not yet applicable.
4. Proofread and edit.
After I write my post, I always proof read right after. I also make time to rephrase some of my sentences and I make sure to improve the blog post layout which can be seen in the preview option. Proof reading is a must because you might commit wrong spellings or grammar unconsciously so you can edit it. Anyway, I also maximize the use of the blocks and options here in WordPress: headings, subheadings, lists, gallery, color settings and other blocks that would fit well in the post.
5. Edit featured image + pin on Pinterest.
Here are some of my featured images. I personally really love editing featured images because one, it’s an affirmation that my post is finally complete and two, I just love being creative at graphics. Anyway, the size of the featured images vary so make sure to check it in your theme’s documentation.
Since I am already in my editing mode, I also make time to make pins for Pinterest, which you can see at the end of my blog posts. I’m not exactly sure how to gain traffic on Pinterest and I’m still a beginner, but I upload my pins there and link it to my site. It doesn’t hurt to try. 🙂
6. Edit categories, tags and SEO keyword.
Before finally publishing or scheduling a post, I make sure if the post is in the right category. I have 11 active categories which you can find in the bottom of my blog and of course, the post must be in the right category. After that, I put tags to have it indexed in search engines. I make sure to put 8-10 tags per post. A reminder to not use too much tags or it will not show up in searches here in Reader because it will be categorized as spam. After this, I put an SEO key phrase which again, will it more available to search engines.
7. Publish, then share.
This is pretty much self-explanatory so there you go. However, I only share my posts to my blogging twitter account because the Instagram I have now became my personal account as well and many people who know me personally follows me there… and this blog is still my not so little secret.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope this will help you if you’re still developing a blogging routine!