Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Better Blogging | Efficiency tips for 2017!


New year, new improvements. As I have dedicated 2017 as a year of learning, I thought I'd start by sharing some suggestions on how to blog more efficiently and what has helped me cut down on fidgeting with the small things. Ideally, a blog should fit synergistcally in your life and not take over your life but for those of us juggling too many things all at once (that's probably another reduction goal), here's some daily tweaks to work smarter, not harder.

Blogging Tips

DEFAULT PHOTOS TO SQUARES | You're hooked up two a billion social media channels at once but it gets messy labeling your photos for Facebook, blog, Instagram and gosh knows what else. I finally got fed up with platforms resizing my photos so now I shoot most of my blog and product images in squares so I can use them simultaneously on the 'gram. Yes you have to relearn how to compose your photos but it pays off in the long run.

COPY & PASTE F.U.I | Otherwise known as frequently used information (yes, I made that up), I find it especially useful to type out things like social media links and other common info into a digital document / word processor and just slide it into my posts when I need them. If you make Youtube videos, having your links pre-written for the info bar and then pasting them into the browser means you don't have to retype, even if its just a few lines - it all adds up after 50 videos... and speaking of which...

PRE-FILM PRE-FILM PRE-FILM | I'm sure this is no surprise by now (and if it IS, then I'm actually stunned) but I will often pre-film 2-3 videos in one sitting when the house is quiet and natural lighting is cooperating. Change up your lipstick, add more eyeshadow, put up your hair and change your tops to create different days and let video magic do the rest.

WRITE WHEN IDEAS HIT | Sitting on the bus when a catchy starter pops in your head? Don't loose the moment; write things down when you think of them whether you use a notepad or an app / computer program. I prefer digital as I can go back and add to my post at anytime then pop it straight to my blog without having to transfer mediums. OneNote has been my fave since its quite literally the digital equivalent of a notebook, offering me easy organization via tabs and pages but can be accessed through any connect device.

TAKE YOUR OWN STOCK PHOTOS | See that photo up top for this post? I didn't take it with the intention of using it here but images are an important part of my blog aesthetic and while I could pull something up fro Google, there's an aspect of authenticity when you use your own photos because it will be your style. So make a habit of carrying your camera with you and taking casual photos. Even if they don't make any sense at the time, dump it in a stock photo folder and it just might save you one day.



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