Posted on September 6, 2014

#OOTD & My Writing Process Tour

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My Writing Process Tour

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I was invited by Min to participate in My Writing Process Tour tag. I’m not usually that into tags, but this one was right up my street.

Read on to find out about why I write and how I plan my posts so I’m able to ensure I get a post ready 7 days a week.

What am I working on? 

I’m currently working on getting some posts ready for the middle of September, I’m going to be working a lot and have  a 10 day stint so I need to make sure I’ve got enough posts to keep my blog going. I’ve got all the ideas planned, it’s just getting them into a finalised posts with photos! My goal I’m working on is to daily post for a year. This started last March so I’m halfway there now!

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I don’t really know if my blog is a lot different from others out there, its hard to stand out amongst so many other blogs. I think my writing style is unique and I would hope that my audience can see my humour/personality through my posts as I do like to keep things light hearted, funny and very honest.

Why do I write? 

I love writing. I always have. It’s my favourite part of blogging. I’ve had online journals, live journals, xangas and other blogs for years, so documenting things that are important to me comes pretty naturally, as I’ve spent most of my life over the age of 16 doing it.

I’m in love with words. I used to be very into poetry and saw myself as quite the word smith at one point, putting together clever imagery with double meanings and spending hours consuming and critiquing the work of others. I think being able to express yourself through words is a very clever thing, especially in this day and age when sites like Facebook make it perfectly clear that a lot of people are wank at grammar and don’t know the difference between your and you’re.

Writing. It’s just my thing. And I love it.

How does my writing process work? 

Well, this is a complicated one. I’ll split it into sections..

Planning the posts.

I have a list of blog post ideas in a document and also an editorial calendar. Every time I come up with the idea for a blog post or a product I want to review, I put it on my idea list. I fit all this into my editorial calendar so I know what I need to post when.

I’ll have posts I must post on the days they are in the calendar, such as the #socialbloggers post every Monday, or a PR sample that I’ve committed too. The rest are in there purely for planning and I may swap them about from time to time if something comes up. Such as the delivery of a Glossybox, which I like to get up as soon as possible.

Planning the drafts.

My process has changed slightly since my new job started. I would usually then plan when I would take photographs and write the posts depending on my schedule, but now what I usually do is start taking photos for the following weeks posts and edit them  after work. I also try to get my title graphic created and uploaded during the week. I may start writing parts of the review or post during the week.

Writing and scheduling the posts.

My main aim is that when it gets to Sunday, I’ll have all the photos uploaded into draft posts for the next 5-7 days, then I’ll spend around 6 hours writing the posts. Obviously the time varies depending on the posts and depending on if I’ve managed to write any in advance.  I

I’ll give you a current example of where I am now. It’s 9:22am on Sunday morning, the 31st August. I’m laid in bed with a coffee and my laptop writing this post. Here is my calendar for the next week and I’m going to be trying to get all posts scheduled for the 1st September – 7th September today.

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Here is where I am with up to with each post:

Monday: Socialbloggers-

I’ve already inserted all the Tweets into the post, this takes around 30-45 minutes to get the HTML code  into the post. I just need to write a couple of paragraphs before the Tweets and create a blog graphic for it.

Tuesday: Corinstagram –

I’ve got the graphic done and most of the photos uploaded. I just need to put the last set in which I’ve not prepared incase I take anymore instagram photos today. I’ve also wrote the post so just need to proof read it.

Wednesday: Equip –

This is a giveaway I’m holding on my blog that I need to get up, photos already taken but need editing, uploaded and the post needs fully writing.

Thursday: Essence mascara –

The photos of the products are already uploaded into draft. I’ve also taken some photos of the product on me but they need editing. I need to do a blog graphic and write this post also.

Friday: How to save iPhone battery –

This post is pretty much done, just needs proof reading and maybe tweeking. Although I may swap this post out for the SEO tips part 2, which I will need to fully write.

Saturday: OOTD.

The photos for this are uploaded already and this is the post I’m currently writing, so I need to finish this, proof read and put some text on the blog graphic.

Sunday: Hotel:

This post is fully complete and ready to go, I had it planned for today, but changed my scheduled when my Degustabox was delivered. So that’s pretty easy!

Last thoughts.

So, as you can see – when it comes down to writing and scheduling my posts on a Sunday, I don’t have 7 full posts to write from start to finish. I’ll probably have 3 to write and the rest to just tweak and finalise.

Having a very clear plan of what I need to blog about really helps as if I ever have a spare hour or two after work, I’ll start writing, proof reading or editing photos. I take the photos in bulk too and try to get them in draft form ready to go!

At the end of today, I’ll have 7 days posts scheduled and it’s time to start working here and there on the following weeks 7 posts, which are all planned and some already in draft form, photos taken and part written.

I tag India, Laura and Sarah.

How do you plan your blog?

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19 Comments

  • Reply Lucy September 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Enjoyed reading this you are so organised I spend weekends edditing pics and the write content in the week. Most posts take about four hours. Having them done in advance is a great idea. I really must try to do this. Have a lovely weekend Lucy x

    • Reply Corinne September 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I guess we are the opposite then!

  • Reply Karen September 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    You’re extremely organised! Keep up the fabulous work!

    http://www.stylesunrise.co.uk

    x

  • Reply jackie harrison September 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Very detail and organize great job you do enjoy your day.

  • Reply Sarah September 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this post! Thanks for the tag! I love peeking instead peoples writing ways and brains!

    You’ve got everything so organised it’s easy to see how you’ve managed to post everyday since March! You’re doing so well, I’m struggling just doing it for a month! You’ll easily reach your goal of daily blogging for a year – but will you be able to STOP after that?? Stopping sounds scarier than carrying on!

    I’m trying to sort my images out post by post other wise I end up having to do a mass photo editing session and it kills my back, eyes and brains!!

    My response to this tag will be up on Tuesday! 🙂

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Reply Corinne September 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I guess I’m just in the habit of it. I had a lot of time off work around March so kept posting, then managed to find a way to do it when I didn’t have time off work!

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca September 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    You are much more organised than I am.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  • Reply Oksana September 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Great post dear. Thanks for sharing))
    Have a nice weekend!

    http://fairyland111.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Margaret Dallospedale September 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Hi sweetie
    Very interesting, you are very organised
    Kisses
    Maggie D
    The Indian Savage Diary Fashion blog

  • Reply Caroline September 7, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I need to get into the habit of dealing with my photos straight away. That would make it easier.

  • Reply pilar domínguez September 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I loved when you said your way of writing is unique, it is true , i like your sense of humour and it is always fun to read your post. As I could see you are very methodic and you plan with a lot of time. I just plan for a week and I always make my post ( and then I program) on saturdays. I haven´t time during the week if I want to visit your blogs. Kisses:)

    • Reply Corinne September 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts 🙂

  • Reply Sara Bloo September 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Gosh, reading posts like this make me feel so disorganised. I wish I put so much forward planning into what I write, but I write my blog the same way I write my diary. It’s quite raw and spontaneous. Though I feel like it might appeal more to a wider audience if I planned things out more, but I don’t want to stifle myself creatively by worrying too much about that kind of thing. Either way, you’ve definitely given me a lot to think about! Great post.

    Sara
    bloonstuff.com

    • Reply Corinne September 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I guess things work differently for everything, but I really don’t think having an organised plan stifles my creativity in any way. If I get the urge to write a post, I’ll still write it and may mess with my schedule if I want it published sooner, or schedule it for the following week.

      I can only say that I feel I’ve become a stronger writer since posting daily!

  • Reply Kerri September 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I like this schedule, I have something similar, or I’m at least aiming for that. But not 7 days a week. I’m actually just writing this writing tag post for my blog too 🙂

    • Reply Corinne September 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply sgrmse. September 14, 2014 at 6:22 am

    thanks so much for sharing this! what wonderful insight 😀

  • Reply Olivia September 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Keep coming back to this post because I like seeing people’s writing processes to see if I can use any of the things they do. As it turns out I also plan my posts on my calendar on my laptop!

    Olivia xxx

  • Reply stephanie October 31, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I love this post! I am new to blogging and need to better organize my time! Thank you for sharing!

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