At Your Leisure

Blog Introspection Challenge

3.) What’s your (usual) blogging process?

I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed with this one because I don’t have much of a process, I’m more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of girl when it comes to this blog.

seat of pants
seat of pants

 

The day of, or possibly the day before, that I write a post I think to myself: hmm, it’s been a few days since I posted anything on the blog. I should do that today. then I either get out my trusty notebook, that holds all the wonders of my universe (I’m a note taker. I jot down random facts and reminders constantly) and pick out a Challenge question to complete, or I will just randomly pick something from my computer’s endless browser bookmarks. so really, there’s no rhyme or reason to subject matter.

I see London, I see France. I see Richard's underpants!
I see London, I see France. I see Richard’s underpants!

As for the process itself, I usually open up a blank e-mail and just start writing. I use e-mail instead of a word document because it’s not something that I’m going to keep and walk away from to come back to later, I do it all in one go. the e-mail is easier to use in this regard and it has the added benefit of tricking my mind into thinking that I’m just casually chatting to someone instead of sitting down to write 

how much wood could a woodchuck chuck...aw, damn. MATH!
how much wood could a woodchuck chuck…aw, damn. MATH!

I start typing away, going back through immediately afterwards to add in paragraph breaks, correct spelling, and take out several sentences- I tend to ramble and go off on tangents. as I’m doing that, my mind is flipping through my stash of gifs and pics to see if any would fit in the paragraph breaks. if I think of any off the top of my head, then I jot down a note in the appropriate spot to remind me of what I want to use there, often with caption included (I previously touched upon the process of picking captions for the images that I use here). other times I don’t have something specific in mind, or I have a general idea but know I don’t have what I want already on hand. in those instances I either take a quick browse of Google images, or I manually flip through the appropriate PhotoBucket album that would correspond with what I’m looking for. as long as I don’t get distracted by key words like: hand

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Once I have all of that decided upon, I then download the pics to my computer so that I can upload them easily into my post. when I actually open the post, I just copy and paste what I’ve written from the e-mail, then I go through and add in the images (taking out the notes I made to myself) with captions. I read it all back through, adding in links or text adjustments, etc. then I hit the preview button, which usually sends me back to edit formatting problems–you might have noticed that I’ve switched back to the blog template I had been using previously. I was having annoying coding issues on the one I was using. I always did like this one because the dark color highlights the images nicely but the font is smaller than I’d like and hard to read. I’ve been trying to find ways around that–see? tangent. Finally, I hit submit.

Hello? Robin Hood here. I've got to steal from the rich and give to the poor, so let's get on with things!
Hello? Robin Hood here. I’ve got to steal from the rich and give to the poor, so let’s get on with things!

 

In theory all of this would take about an hour, but it depends on how distracted I get. so, not really much of a process but it works for me precisely because of that fact. most of the time I just feel like I’m playing, chatting with you all at leisure.

nope,  you need to count with your fingers for a turn. teacher said so.
nope, you need to count with your fingers for a turn. teacher said so.

oh, I forgot about the blog titles. most of the time they come from songs or phrases. I either pick out a sentence to relate the title to or just the main idea of the post. and as an example to the distractions I mentioned above: today I got distracted by finding the photoshoot video and then watching it, twice. then I couldn’t find that Guy & Robin gif so I had to go back through a few posts to re-save it….then I watched the photoshoot vid again…

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2 thoughts on “At Your Leisure

    • yeah, after reading it back over I guess you’re right. when I think of “process” I think of planning and getting in the zone and all of that, which I don’t do. but I do have a certain way of doing things, an order, that I follow each time.

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