Once you’ve been blogging for a while, you start to notice a process in the way you write each post; steps you take each time that at some point you realize, you wouldn’t know how to write a blog without. All writers develop a process at some point, something unique to them that helps them to get inspired and focused. With blogging though, some steps aren’t quite as unique as others.
A Blank Screen
Of course, the first step to any new blog post is to open up a fresh post editor, and stare at the vast blank page in front of you. Somehow, whether it’s on a computer or in a notebook, a blank page has always been such an important part of writing for me – to the point that in my journal, I start each new entry on a new page, even if there’s plenty of space left on the last page I wrote on. Something about that empty space waiting to be filled gets me ready to create something, and inspires me in a way that nothing else does.
Scan Post Ideas
I’ve mentioned before that I keep blog post ideas written everywhere – in several notebooks that I carry around with me in every purse and leave sitting on my bedside table, in the Notebook App on my phone, in draft format on WordPress, and in Evernote on my computer. So whenever I go to write a new blog post, I start by scrolling or flipping through each of those ideas, even though I remember what most of them are. Sometimes, I’ll use one of those ideas for the post that day, but most of the time I end up writing something completely different but that was inspired by one or more of those ideas.
I don’t know about you, but my blog-post writing process involves a lot of partially written first paragraphs and blog post drafts made entirely of lists. Tonight, before getting around to this idea, I started three other blog posts that are now sitting in draft format. A lot of times, those partially-written drafts come from the ideas I mentioned above. Other times, they’re completely new ideas that don’t pan out right then. But whatever the reason for each draft, there are several of them lying in my drafts on WordPress, and most of them will never manage to get published.
A Good Photo
Most of the time when I write a new post, one of the first things I do is “design” a photo for the post and get that set up and ready to go. Somehow, having the labeled photo imbedded into my post draft encourages and inspires me to write the actual post.
So what about you? What does your blog post writing process look like?