A while ago now both Hayley and Sarah did a post about how they blogged, and I really loved reading them, so I finally got around to writing my own version. Having read back over this post it probably appears very regimented, and not particularly spontaneous, but I am afraid I'm not a particularly spontaneous person! I like to go to sleep on a Sunday night knowing I've photographed and written up all of the posts for the next week. Especially in the winter when it's so dark, I try to make sure I've at least taken all the photos for my upcoming posts at the weekend when I have plenty of light. Here's how I keep myself organised:
The biggest thing that's made a difference recently to how I blog is my mind map. I've always tried to keep lists of post ideas but I always seemed to get stuck after a few thoughts. Somehow shifting from a vertical list to a map like this really helped me to come up with more ideas, and it was interesting to see how despite always thinking of myself as a fashion blogger, so many more of my posts ideas relate to other things these days. Plus I could make it colourful with these Caran D'ache crayons which were very kindly given to me!
My iphone is pretty much superglued to my hand, and for the most part I just use it for twitter and flicking to random websites. I use the reading list function in safari to keep track of any potential lazy Sunday links. My most used app for blogging though it probably Teux Deux. It's a simple but elegant 'to do' list app and website, and once I've worked out which of the ideas on my mind map I'm going to do and the tasks I need to complete it they go on to my teux deux list to be crossed off once they are photographed/written/scheduled. I also keep my other tasks to do on here - I'm not planning a post on my ironing don't worry!
I always keep a diary, and for the last few years it's been a Moleskine one, this time in purple! I use it to scribble down ideas, no to mention plan the rest of my life (if I don't write it down I can guarantee I won't remember) and note down when I'm going post what. I've tried using an online calendar before to plan my blog posts but it just doesn't work for me - I'd rather just write it long hand.
Computer & Camera
Of course when it comes to the actual blogging it's these two that do the hard work. My camera is a Canon 450D, which I saved up for ages for, and finally purchased in March 2010. It remains one of my most expensive purchases and one of my best, I use my camera almost every day. If anyone is umming and ahhing over puchasing a dslr I would really say that for me it has been worth the pennies.
My laptop is a Sony Vaio. Unlike my much saved for and thought over camera purchase I bought it very quickly without much thought when my last computer died on Boxing Day a couple of years ago. I'm not too fussy over computers - it does the things I need it to do and fingers crossed it's not broken on me yet!
All this organising may sound like it takes some of the fun out of blogging but I don't think so. I am an organised person by nature, and having it all planned out in pretty colours makes me happy, as does looking over a week of posts and being proud of what I've written.
How do you organise yourself and your blogging? If you've done a post about it I'd love to see.