The Art of Blogging

I wanna do something a little different today for my blog post. Rather than offering advice or telling anecdotes, I want to take you guys “behind the scenes” of my blog. I’ve had this blog for over a year and a half, and I feel like most of you don’t know how my blog comes together for you to see the finished product. I want to change that, so I’m gonna tell you how I do it!

When I first started my blog, I thought of some ideas for future blog posts. I would write them down and put them in a little box, which I called my blog box. I do still have that, but I don’t rely on that as much. When I use one of those ideas, I throw the paper away. That way I don’t accidentally use the same prompt twice. However, I don’t rely on that as much as I used to. Recently, I’ve created a Pinterest account for my blog. So, if I’m stuck for ideas, I usually log onto that, and search on there. This helps me both to create ideas and get more pins on my blog account. This is my current homepage on Pinterest.
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As you can see, the main things that I use this account for is ways to improve my blog, tips on life, crafts, and other helpful things. I encourage you to follow my account if you’re not already.

So once I come up with an idea of what I want to write about, next comes the actual writing part. I open up my blog site, and in the top right-hand corner there’s a button with the word “Write”.
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I click that button, and I’m taken to a blank template page. From here, I put my title in and write my blog. This is also the place where I choose when to publish it, set my categories and tags, put a featured image in, and anything else I want to do.
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That’s really the extent of the writing portion. WordPress makes it really easy to write a blog. But there are other things I can do as well. Going back to my home page at the top, there are other buttons I can click besides “Write”.
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Starting from the right: the bell is my notifications. It lets me know when a post is published, someone likes my post, or someone follows me. The circle icon next to it (it may be hard to see in this view) is a picture of me. That’s my WordPress account where I can make any changes or do anything I need to relating to WordPress overall. On the left side, the “Reader” button is the gateway to all WordPress blogs. If I click that, I can access my followed sites or any other blog posts I may want to read. The very far left, “My Site”, is my blog account. From here, I can view my stats, customize my theme, and anything else I need to do for my blog.
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Now that I’ve talked about the top of my blog, let’s go to the bottom. In the lower right-hand corner, there’s a little disappearing bar (I scroll down and it goes away), but this is a shortcut to changing my site.
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If I click the “Customize”, it gives me a whole side menu and pencils over everything that I can edit. This allows me to change things much easier because I like to keep my blog current and updated.
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I feel like a lot of the options on the customize menu are pretty obvious, so I’m not going to explain all of those. However, you may notice on the very bottom of the menu three icons. The left one is selected. That is how my site is viewed on various devices. The left one is desktop/computer (that’s what I use to write most of the time), the middle is a tablet size (so like a Kindle/iPad), and the right one is a cellphone. This helps me to see how my blog is being transferred based on the size of the screen.

Once I post my blogs, Tuesday at 3:30, I’m done right? Nope. I usually start thinking of the next week’s idea on Thursday or Friday. I mull over it on the weekend and flesh it out in my head, and then I write on Monday or Tuesday morning.

I hope you enjoyed my behind the scenes tour of my blog. It’s a little bit more in-depth than even I had planned for when I first started my blog, but it’s not so time-consuming that I can’t have a life outside of my blog. Maybe this has inspired you to start your own blog, and if you do, please tell me about it so that I can read it!

Let me know if you have any thoughts or comments!
Kim ♥

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