Hey hey, lovelies!
I’m pretty sure that every blogger has their own list of blogging essentials that they simply can’t write without. It’s definitely something that will differ for each person – I’ve known people that can only write on their tablets or iPads, people who can’t blog anywhere other than home and people who handwrite each post twice before typing it up digitally. Everyone is different :).
So whether you’re thinking of starting your own or you just want to nosey into someone else’s process, I hope you enjoy this little sneak peak behind the scenes of my blog.
Okay, I guess this is a pretty obvious addition to the list but, like I previously said, other people use their phones, tablets or notebooks to write up blog posts. I just can’t!
I’ve actually tried drafting posts on my phone and my iPad but I become much more easily distracted (emails, Twitter, Instagram etc.) than I do when I’m writing on my laptop. I never gave hand writing my posts a go, because I just know that won’t work for me. I like to cut and paste sections of my writing a lot when I’m drafting, and that’s just not achievable when using pen and paper.
I’m a digital kind of girl.
My camera is my third eye, third arm, lifeline. We’re joint at the hip in daily life, so there’s no surprise it’s a major part of my blog writing process too. Most (I can’t say all because there’s over 200 of them…) of my posts contain my own photographs, with the most obvious examples being the My Day in Photos feature, lifestyle posts and reviews.
I own a Canon EOS 750D with the generic 18-55mm kit lens and the 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens. Kit lens is used for daily snaps, home life, days out around the city/park and blog photography, whilst my telephoto zoom lens comes with me for the big days out specifically to take photographs such as my trip to Beverley Minster or Windermere.
Tweaking my photographs is just one of Photoshop’s uses. All of my header images and blog graphics, such as my divider, are made in Photoshop so it’s actually a huge part of my blog process. After writing each post, I take a specific image – generally, it’s a striking, memorable or colourful one – then drag it into my template and make my header image.
My editing process is also pretty standard and simple – maybe levels, maybe saturation, maybe shadows/highlights and maybe brightness/contrast. The bulk of all that should be done when shooting the image itself. Why take a photograph you know is too bright or too dark? Just tweak your manual settings!
I use my mobile to keep on top of social media, check notifications and post the odd self-promotional “come and check out my blog” tweets. I also reply to the majority of blog comments on my phone because it’s way handier than having to set up your laptop all over again!
My phone is also my portable blog library. I very rarely read other blogs on my laptop (too clunky) so it’s always easier and more relaxing to catch up with all my favourite blogs on my phone. Probably in bed…
Ugh, I cannot focus without my snacks. I get so hangry. Side note: did you know that’s been added to the Oxford Dictionary? My favourite writing snacks are grapes, sweets and many cups of tea. I’m so worried that the amount of tea I drink is verging on completely unhealthy – if anything, it’s going to absolutely ruin my teeth! I need to start weaning myself off it, I guess.
Blogging makes me so hungry. More likely, I’m being greedy, but I can’t help it! I want chips. I want potato salad. I want sliced apples. Mmmm…
Music or TV:
I just can’t blog in silent, professional environments! How weird is that?
The majority of my posts are actually written whilst watching my current TV shows during the week, and pretty much all my weekend posts are written alongside Absolute radio – my favourite radio station of all time. I don’t know how I had any level of concentration before I found the wondrous Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute 80’s. THE BEST.
Me and Matt are currently going through a whole TV rewatch period by watching Supernatural (again) and Game of Thrones (again). Because I know the story, I don’t become too overly engrossed and it doesn’t slow my writing down. Instead, I kind of get a bit pumped.
Honestly, everything is better when a cat sits on your knee.
What are you blogging essentials?
You can read my previous post here.