Over the three years (nearly four, in fact!) that I’ve been penning posts here at Daisybutter, I’ve primarily been a student blogger. Read: writing a lot of posts to procrastinate an hour or two when supposed to be analysing something or other. Beginning as an outlet for fashion and style musings, my blog has become a huge hobby and passion, remaining the one constant in my life since I started it. So how do I go about blogging to the level that I want?
I typically blog in three places: my home office, my bedroom and on the sofa, the latter of the three being the most popular! Being tablet-less, I turn to my Macbook Pro, Nexus 5 and Nikon D3100 to meet my blogging needs. I’ve got my sights set on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 8″ or Nexus 7 for some handy blog reading on my commutes – and also to knock some more posts together when I’m out of the house, which is roughly 14 hours a day.
My home office is a little sanctuary for my admin duties, working for clients and if I just want a surface to work on. Usually if I’m writing a Ways to Wear or putting together wishlists, I’ll do it at my desk so I can gather my thoughts, make lists and check things off (products, their links, related posts on other blogs, etc.). I also try and do most of the post-production on my photos at my desk because it has the best light and it means I can actually use my mouse! Here I can brew some green tea, get my lists in order and blog for longer periods of time as I have a terrible back from my stage school days.
Additionally, my bedroom is a safe haven for penning a post or two. I’ll often write my Sunday posts here (I’m not one to move much on a Sunday morning!) and find that the place I rest, store my clothes, jewellery, books, etc. is the most inspiring for the more personal posts on Daisybutter. In a not so similar vein, I occasionally blog on my phone using the Blogger app (available on both iOS and Android). I find the app a little clunky but typically pull my image codes from Flickr and drop them into a post on the web version before adding text when I have time on the go.
I’ll put my hands up and admit right now that my outfit photos… are almost always all taken on a Sunday afternoon. Following a morning of being a Sunday sloth, I pick out three outfits that I’ve worn in the week or plan to wear next week, traipse around town and shoot three reels of looks. My sister is my willing photographer and we use a Nikon D3100 with a 50mm f1.8 lens at the moment, whilst my Instax does a good job of bumping up the post with a print dynamic.
With all other photos, I shoot from day to night whenever I get a moment with the very basic grasps of DSLR photography that I honed back at Uni. It’s probably worth noting that I used a point-and-shoot and a tripod on my blog for the first two years and it doesn’t make too much difference at all! I just prefer having more control over the finished shot with my DSLR.
Planning ahead is not my forte when it comes to Daisybutter. I like to be as sporadic as I can, and I like to strike a balance between being proactive and reactive to current events. I have a notebook (don’t we all?!) with lists of posts and room to tick off ideas/copy/photos/links/proof-read. I also have a list on my Wunderlist phone app to save down post ideas, outfit post titles and things to reference. But then the ‘faux-organisation’ mysteriously tapers off from there – any tips?
I used to be much more active on Twitter than I am these days. Hello – I’ve clocked up over 58,000 Tweets to date! Whilst I use Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and Topsy for freelance projects and clients, for my blog, I prefer to stick to plain ol’ Twitter on desktop and the Android app. My Twitter is mostly a ‘personal’ thing and it always has been (I mostly got it to stalk Taylor Swift but now The Script, Britney Spears and random other ‘slebs follow me!). and I find it the best and most immediate way to interact with you guys. I’m a links-pusher on there I’ll admit but I also share links to my favourite blogs of the moment, and share a little insight into what I do outside work and my blog!
For other social networks, you’ll find me Pinning my current inspirations on Pinterest, regressing to my 15-year-old self on Tumblr, making squared off photos on Instagram and sharing offers, favourite reads and my own posts on Facebook. I’m one of those serial bloggers whose had a Livejournal, Xanga, Bebo, MySpace, Soompi 411 thread, AsianFanatics friendship thread and countless Tumblrs. And I’m not even sorry. x
What’s your blogging routine? Any tips for planning and organisation? I particularly like this post by Rebecca at From Roses!