Over the years I have formed this little process, or schedule, for writing a blog post. Right now I have been posting to my personal blog every week on a regular basis for over a year now. That was a huge goal for me since I used to maybe only post once or twice a month, basically whenever I felt like writing.
But today I want to share with you my process for writing a blog post and publishing it on my blog:
- I write my ideas down on paper. I have a happy planner and a printable that I designed to go into that planner to help me plan out new blog posts, and every night I just put my thoughts down on paper that are the beginnings of a new blog post or a chapter in a new Bible Study, etc.
- Then I add the draft to my blog on Monday. This helps me to have it available to me either on my phone or my computer so I can edit it throughout the week. But even in that there is always GRACE (can I get an amen?!) and sometimes I don’t get my first draft up onto my blog until Thursday. But either way my first draft gets put on my blog and then I revise.
- I do two revisions. Whether it consists of me adding more content or reading my content to make edits; I do at least two revisions because my personal blog posts are typically pretty long (like over 1,000 words) and I have to take breaks when I am editing.
- Then I format the post to be published. I add my headings, blockquotes, bold and italics, etc. Even after I format the post to my liking it is still not ready to be published.
- Next up is creating my scripture print. I design scripture prints for my Etsy shop so I like to giveaway a free digital print download with every blog post and it is usually relevant to the post I am writing. Then I add the download to my blog using this plugin.
- I create the images I need for the post. I do three images for each post. One is just my featured image that shows up on the home page and this does not include ANY fonts, I just basically use a stock photo to add to my post as a featured image. I will use that same stock photo for the “title image” in my post where I add the title of the post and my blog address. Then I add an image that features the free digital download on my blog. Three of my favorite places to get stock photos are: Lightstock, Haute Chocolate Styled Stock Photography, and Creative Market.
- Finally ready to publish. I typically read the blog post again before posting just to make sure there are no misspellings, and everything still sounds good. Although I am not perfect and there are often typos, but it’s all grace and I really enjoy what I do!
So there you go, that’s my process for writing a blog post. I hope it has given you some helpful ideas to help you form a blog post writing process, too! Disclosure: Affiliate links have been used within this post and when you click to make a purchase a portion of your purchase goes towards helping to support this website. I only recommend products that I feel will be helpful to my readers. Thank you.
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— Heather Bixler (@hbixler03) April 12, 2017
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