Hello! I have been planning loads of posts over last weekend. I want to write interesting posts, posts that I know I would love to read and stare at all the pretty pictures, but I don’t want them to be generic. I want my blog to be interesting and for you all to actually get something out of the posts. So, I have posts planned where I am basically going to be selecting a topic, showing you my favourite ‘things’ to do with that topic, giving advice and answering questions and addressing things you want to know!
The first is my blogging process! I realised sometimes I go through such a long process to get to the finalised product of a post for you all. I am hoping that I have remembered everything, because honestly it’s different every time. I hope you find it interesting (maybe) and it answers some of your questions!
So the idea process usually comes first. I always do this in countless notebooks, I make loads of tiny lists and jot down drawings and ideas. If i’m on the go and I see something inspiring, I will put it in notes on my phone. Once I establish and plan my idea I begin!
Next I do the photography, which is mostly either done on my Nikon D5500 or my iPhone 6 plus. It has also been a load of different cameras in the past, but this is my current setup! I am so happy with this camera, it videos, has a fully articulated screen, and it’s so easy to get a lovely photograph from it. I don’t know if it’s me, but some cameras I have used in the past are just so difficult to use and get the image I want in the end. I was looking into buying a Canon in the Rebel series (most likely the 750D) but after comparing it in store and online, I do prefer Nikon cameras. If you are starting blogging though, just an iPhone’s camera is amazing. If you are wanting to upgrade to a DSLR camera, do lots of research but I recommend looking into the Canon Rebel series and the Nikon equivalents.
I then process and store my photos in Lightroom, and I mostly put them into Photoshop to edit them further. Usually I adjust things like the brightness, contrast, colour balance and levels. If I took it on my phone I always use VSCO cam, it’s like my favourite thing ever. If I am wanting to write on my images, I use my Wacom Intuos tablet on Photoshop. I downloaded this really cool brush set which is what I use for my lettering! It’s got loads of amazing brushes.
After processing my photos and getting them completely ready, I make a new post on Squarespace. Sometimes if I had previously written down my post in notes, I copy and paste it into the post editor.
After writing my stuff out, I check that it is all looking lovely when I preview it. Sometimes I find that the image is a totally weird colour on the white of my blog, or doesn’t match the rest of my photos. If so then I will go and edit it again and re-upload it.
I have to admit hat sometimes I have to photograph and/or write a blog post a couple of times because I'm not happy with it. I'm so annoying, but I'd rather get it right that have iffy content!
Once I click publish on my post, I usually just go straight to instagram and get a photo ready. Sometimes it takes a while to choose one, or take a completely new and irrelevant photo (sorry). But that is for another post!
Another helpful tool is an app that I use to transfer photos to and from my phone to my laptop, called Photo Transfer. For some reason my Air Drop system is never reliable, so this I know will always work. You basically go to the app on your phone, then enter a specific address on your laptop’s browser and you can freely download or upload photos to your phone.
This order is always mixed up. Sometimes I just want to write about something, so I either take a new photo or I grab one from instagram. It’s always different! But I hope you enjoyed learning about the tools I use. Let me know what you do, and if you have any questions I am happy to answer them.
Have a lovely day,
P.S. - something exciting, I have decided to start an art blog on tumblr! I am doing a lot of drawing, painting and photography this year for school, so instead of leaving you all in silence between blog posts and instagrams, you can see what i'm up to! Follow along if you like! You can have a little look here, and I was thinking it would be a good place to answer any questions you have about blogging or anything in general!