A well maintained blog is a labor of love more than anything else. The number one compliment I get for this space is “I don’t know how you can do it so consistently!” I’m not a professional by any means but I love my blog a lot. I want to get to posting every day and have blogging as a full time job. For now I need to work on developing interesting blog content, a creating a professional brand, and growing my viewership.
My blog looks the way it does because I’m developing my own style and voice. I could set up my photos and content to mirror how other blogs look and feel. If I did though, it would feel less personal to me. I’m always trying new things and I’m developing my own unique look. Every time I sit down to work on a post, there are a few steps that I take to ensure I have success with what I write.
This blog is about my life in The Netherlands. I feature content on what I do, what I experience and how the world around me works. For now, as I only post 3 times a week, I base my posts on those three topics. I consider what I would want to read in another blog and determine if it’s worth me writing about it. Once I get a definite idea of what I want to write about, I brainstorm.
The thought process
Depending on what the idea is, I think of how to build on it. If the topic is factual, I gather facts from educational information and the experiences of others. Most of the time I’m able to talk about subjects that are based on opinion so that keeps it easy! I keep building on the ideas and write them out. Eventually I piece them together and create a post with subtopics included.
I make sure to think about what my main topic is so that I can use it for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). When I write the post I make sure to include a topic phrase often so that it stands out in SEO. For this particular post, blog content is my SEO. You’ll find it a few times here and there. I have an app that determines the quality of my SEO. It’s important because it lets others find my blog when they search for those key terms.
When we go out, I take as many pictures as I can. I take photos of everything. The camera I use is a pretty old model but it’s reliable. I save the best photos and use them as I need them. When it comes to photos that can shot the same day and in house, I make sure I shoot by a window. I take at least 20 – 50 shots and decide on the best one. I’ll do an updated tutorial on how I edit my photos because my style has changed since the last one! Anyways, I choose what I want my focus to be and create either a spread or a one item shot. It depends on the topic but sometimes I can get away with a single item in the photo. I’m still loving on the one from my favorite iced teas.