People ask me all of the time how I come up with something to write every week. While one of the biggest challenges of creating something creative such as a blog is coming up with things that you think your audience will like, there’s a lot more to it than just coming up with a new idea every week. So, I thought I’d take you guys behind the scenes this week and give you a look at what my blogging routine looks like!
New ideas come to me anytime, anywhere. Not all of the ideas may be good and most of them will never be published because they actually suck, but I make sure to write down every idea that I have so that I have something to go to when I sit down to write my blog. This is particularly useful for when I’m facing the dreaded “writer’s block” and can’t seem to be able to come up with a blog topic; having a list made for you helps get the wheels turning.
I like to start out with a rough idea of what I want to say in my post. I plan out things that to include in the beginning, middle and end of the post. Sometimes I’ll think up of a great sentence for my post and will write it down immediately. I may not know where that sentence needs to go quite yet, but putting it in my outline allows me to organize my thoughts so that I can stick it in the right spot. My outlines can get quite messy, with arrows and stars all over the place, and are subject to a lot of changes.
Another word I have for drafts is “mental vomit”. It sounds gross and believe me, the writing quality often lives up to the name. Drafts are usually just me taking whatever I have in my outline and throwing it together to have some kind of form. They’re awkwardly phrased and full of errors, but you have to start somewhere right?! I avoid checking my drafts as I write them, to ensure that I don’t block my line of thought with worries of the nitty-gritty details. As with any tale, revisions will make it better, but the main idea is set down in the first draft.
Although my posts may have some errors, I try to look over my post at least once to make sure that my final draft is something that I’m happy with. Depending on how attached I am to the post and how my schedule works out, I can spend anything from fifteen minutes to two hours editing a blog post. I’ll take out things that don’t actually sound as great as I thought they did when writing my first draft and often get frustrated with the grammatical errors that I find. The devil really is in the details.
5. Unleashing the Final Product
Once I’m reasonably pleased with my post, I’ll hunt for pictures and gifs to include in the great realm of the Internet and put everything together on the Purpology web base. Uploading a new post is always a little scary, because you don’t know what everyone will think of it, but very exciting too!
And now you know! Everyone who puts out creative content has a different way they like to go about putting out their work, but this is what works for me. I hope this helped you guys learn a little more about what we do behind the scenes. Let me know what you thought of this post; praise and/or constructive criticism is always welcome. If you put out creative content yourself, please leave a link to your work in the comments below. I love to see what you guys are up to!
May your ink never run dry,
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