When it comes to "how I blog," there's no strict rules I follow or a concrete agenda I make to schedule blog posts. Perhaps that's because my blog is an "unprofessional" one at the moment so I literally just write about whatever I'm feeling inspired about that day (I find that works best rather than trying to force things). But I do have a bit of a "system" going on to help out with the writing process. Broken down, here's 10 ways on how I do just that!:
1) Thesaurus.com When I blog, I always keep extra tabs open to help with link-ups or for a quick search. The main one I always keep handy is thesaurus.com. When I was a university student, this site was my god-sent for essay-writing and now it's doing the same for my blogging. If I find I'm repeating myself too much, a quick search here and I'm presented with all the similar words I could hope for that make me sound like a top-notch creative writer.
2) Taking Photos. I tend to always snap photos on my phone quite frequently these days. It's highly convenient (since it's right there) and I can be a bit of an Instagram-junkie. A lot of the times if I'm completely stumped for a post, I take a look through my most recent photos and just make a simple blog entry out of that.
3) Making Lists & Post-It Notes. I admit it: when I'm procrastinating at work, it's when I feel my most creative. For some reason, the ideas come pouring to me and I have to jot it down to remember for future reference. I actually have a bunch of "blogging ideas" in the form of post-it notes I keep in my agenda that I refer back to every so often for topic ideas.
4) Reading Other Blogs & BlogLovin'. Probably the place where I get my greatest inspiration is from reading other people's blogs. It's become such a guilty pleasure of mine, I love it! It gives me ideas for my own entries and motivates me to become inspired again. Bloglovin' is the best place to go to to keep track of all your favourite authors. I check back there almost daily to see what my other fellow bloggers are cooking up (literally!)
5) Looking Up Recipes. I'm not much of a cook, and that's probably because I don't live on my own just yet. I do enjoy baking though and Brian is great in the kitchen. Having a blog sometimes inspires me to get outside of my comfort zone and attempt a recipe. My favourite website is Allrecipes.com. Through this site, I made cookies muffins for Valentine's Day and a cake for St. Patrick's Day!
6) Taking Breaks. Self-explanatory? When I'm feeling overwhelmed and just not quite focused, I stand back and walk away from the computer. When I come back, I feel refreshed and am ready to write again.
7) Post To Twitter. After every finished post, I link it up to my Twitter account and use some hashtags to help generate more hits. I was quite secretive when I first started the blog (still sorta am?) but with Twitter, I've been able to gain more readers and after awhile, it became part of my regular blogging routine. (Hint: whenever I hashtag Wordpress, I get a retweet from an account called @DigestWordPress).
8) Staying Inspired. I literally try and keep an open mind for blog posts every where now. I read other blogs and find ideas on Pinterest, but I also get lots of inspiration from - you know? - life: from magazines, to social events, to some life experiences I might wanna share. My mind is always brimming with ideas
9) The SITS Girls. When I'm feeling absolutely hopeless for a post, I visit this site for suggestions. They have lots of great ideas for topics when you've got writer's block, but this one is my favourite - Monthly Writing Prompts for an entire year! Absolutely genius, and what a help! Just click on a month, pick a suggestion, and go!
^^ Me, living.
10) Living. For me, the blog doesn't take up my life. Even though I've been managing to post quite frequently, the posts usually come in little "snippets" and many times I've written up drafts before hand that I go back to and edit before officially posting. I do enjoy living from time to time ;) and for me, that comes first. Plus - it makes for great blog posts afterwards!
Does anyone take any special steps to help them blog? Lemme know if you have any other great ideas! I always need tips :)