April 23, 2013

blogging routines.

I'm currently fighting another case of writer's block while simultaneously suffering from a terrible itch for writing. I don't want to recycle past posts, nor do I want to unintentionally post something that I feel like someone else has posted about recently. Not that there's anything wrong with writing off of inspiration! I just want to blog something original right now.

Anyway, I figured you might want a little sneak peek into what it looks like to be the girl behind this blog--when I'm actually blogging.* So here goes nothing:

*Of course, I realize you might find this stuff a little boring. But I'm trying to break out of this writer's block, and right now this is all I've got. #sorrynotsorry

Where do you blog? My laptop is and has been set up in the family room/kitchen area of the house since moving home and it's been my favorite place to blog. It's where the family is most of the time, and it's perfectly located near the TV (for background noise), and dark chocolate. You've gotta have the essentials, right?

When do you blog? I tend to blog at night or early morning when the house isn't too crazy, but I also blog whenever I think of a good (or good enough) post to write. I believe in blogging from the heart, so I rarely force myself to sit down and type. Although, that just might be the case right now, so nevermind.

Do you schedule posts? Most of the time, yes. I know there are people who believe in publishing posts as soon as you finish them, but I also feel that there are times when posting just doesn't seem quite right. So I'll often times write a post, think + pray about it, and then schedule it for a day--or even a week--later. I also crave organization, so schedules and planning always make my heart (or brain) happy.

Where/how do you think of posts? As I said earlier, I blog when I feel like it. I used to try and have 5 posts per week, but found that I was blogging just to get something out there, not to post something that I was actually content with posting. That's not to say that I think people should only post twice a week or anything, this is just how I've found blogging to fit for me.

When do you read blogs? How often do you read blogs? I read blogs each weekday (and the occasional weekend day as well) and love to read them either before or after breakfast--it's the best start to my day and a routine I hope I won't have to break in the near future.

So spill the beans, what are your blogging routines? When do you blog? Where do you blog? Do you schedule posts? Who do you draw blogging inspiration from? I love reading these kinds of posts and I think it really gives us a peek into your life as a blogger and blog reader.

p.s. Sorry for the photoless post. I'm suffering from a bit of photographer's block, too, apparently. That, and I didn't know what kind of photo to post with this one!

22 comments

  1. This is an awesome post! I used to blog in the evening, but lately my laptop hasn't been working :( So a lot of the time I'm blogging at work (whoops!). But like you, I have learned not to force posts. I blog when something comes to mind, either something I'm really passionate about, or something casual and fun like a link up.

    Hope you have a great day love!

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    1. I'm so glad you agree about not forcing posts--there's something about posting from the heart. And I agree, I love to balance out the more "serious" posts with the more casual posts, too. I'm actually really inspired by you and your ability to write so many great posts! :)

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  2. i love this.
    :)
    I blog mostly at work because i'm here 90% of my day. ha. Depending on WHAT i'm blogging about i have music playing or i'm just writing randomly.
    I don't schedule posts, mostly because i publish immediately after writing...sometimes that has bitten me in the butt but mostly it's all good. If i start coming up with more material/being inspired i'll write more...i'm sure!
    I read blogs every week day as well...throughout the day. Weekends i try to just LIVE ha.

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    1. I'm all for blogging with music, I guess I forgot to mention that one! And hey, you've gotta post where you can--I don't know if you've read the comments, but you're not alone in blogging from work. :)

      And I actually admire girls like you who hit publish right away. I'm a little too much of wimp at times to just publish as soon as I type. But there are definitely times when I feel like hitting publish right away is right and I love it when those times come around. :)

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  3. Fun post! I love learning about my blog friends' lives! I blog most in the mornings (from work, eek), but that's mainly because internet wasn't always quick and easy to get to at Home (8 people using one computer in the evening? not so much). But now that I have wireless at my house, that will probably change! I like posting every day, if I have something that is worth postings (photos, etc), but like you, never want to force something. One of my Seven Rules for Successful Blogging is to NOT blog about nothing. :)

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    1. I love these kinds of posts, too!

      And yes. Blogging from the heart is best. As much as I love reading blogs everyday, I don't want to become a boring blogger (or at least more boring than I am right now!). :)

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  4. I'm pretty sure we're twins because I'm having the worst writers block ever lately! All I want to do is write but nothing comes to mind. It's awful! I may actually steal this post to help overcome my own writers block :) I hate forcing posts but I think this is a good way to be writing without needing a major topic or inspiration! Thanks girl!

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    1. We must really be twins, girl! Here I thought I was the only one suffering from writer's block these days. Thank goodness I'm not alone--but here's to breaking from it, too! :) And yes, you can totally use this post--I think it's really interesting to read and I can't wait to read more about your blogging routines!

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  5. i have to have TV background noise too! that or music. it definitely helps :) and i blog when i feel like it, too; basically whenever i have a free moment and something hits me. i hate blogging just to blog. also--how do you schedule posts? i didn't know that was possible, but that would make my life complete haha! (not quite, but you get the picture...) happy tuesday friend!

    grace & love,
    kristyn

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    1. Background noise (music included!) is pretty much how I've lived life--so it's definitely moved over to my blogging life, too! And I'm glad you agree about purposefully blogging, and not just blogging to hit publish or to post something. It definitely makes for a better blog read in the long run!

      As for scheduling posts, if you use blogger, it should be an option you can select while typing your post (under Post Settings on the right hand side--it's called Schedule, I think). Unfortunately, I don't really know anything about Wordpress, but I'm sure you can schedule posts there, too! :)

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  6. this is so cute!! i schedule posts too! :)

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    1. Hooray for a fellow post-scheduler! :)

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  7. Once again loved this post. As I posted on Julie's post. I absolutely love reading how people do their day. haha sometimes I am way to nosey for my own good...

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    1. Thanks! And I don't think you're nosy at all! I think all of us bloggers and blog readers are curious and interested in what life is like for other bloggers. :)

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  8. I try and schedule a few posts but I definitely want to blog from the heart and usually that doesn't come ahead of time. :)

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    1. Yes! I'm so glad we're alike in that way. Blogging from the heart makes for the BEST reads. And I can definitely tell that you blog from the heart on your blog--you have some great things to say, girl! :)

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  9. I definitely think this is interesting! I used to force blogging every day but it wasn't genuine at ALL - so thankful I'm in a different stage of blogging now. I find that I blog at all times of day, depending on what's going on. I like how you said you'll write something and let it sit for a bit - I should do that sometimes, instead of just hitting post immediately! Love your blog :)

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    1. Forced posts definitely aren't genuine, and I think they can almost make it harder for us blog readers to get to know the blog reader because the content isn't (generally) as personal or heartfelt. :)

      And I definitely think there are times when letting blog posts sit and be refined with time (or mostly editing on my part!) is a good thing. Although, there are definitely posts when posting right away is what God puts on our hearts!

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  10. Just stumbled across your blog! Love it and love this post. I can tell your blog is genuine and from the heart. I love your faith in Jesus--it shows through your blog! I am excited to follow your blogging adventures. I am new to the blogging scene, follow me at http://foreverconvinced.blogspot.com/ :) xo- Jess

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    1. First off, welcome to the blogging world, Jess! And thanks for stopping by my blog as well! You are seriously so kind, too! And yes, my faith in Jesus has become one of my greatest passions and something that I somehow blog about as well (writing about my faith was something I never envisioned myself sharing!). One of my biggest goals in blogging is to be (and come across as) real and honest., so I'm glad you think so! :) I think it not only makes for good blog-reading, but for making blog friends as well!

      I can't wait to check out your blog! It sounds like a good one just based off the name!

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  11. man. you are the cutest. i love your organized blog! i am that way too!

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    1. Um, you are way too kind. And that is seriously the sweetest thing, too! And YES. I am so glad you're organized, too. It makes life so much easier (and stress-free!). :)

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