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How I Blog... and then some.

I've been blogging for over three and a half years now. To some, this is a legacy, and to others, it isn't long at all. I surprise myself everyday when I log in and see all your happy smiley faces looking up at me (Dolores Umbridge impression over...) such dedicated readers who I can rely on to help me make life or death shoe decisions, egg me on to have that after-work Pinkberry, get excited over restocks of J.W.Anderson for Topshop, leave wonderful little comments on each of my posts... You get the point.

I'm often asked about 'how' I blog including how I shoot my photos, think of post ideas and manage my time. Even as my favourite hobby, there's no denying that blogging plays a large part in my life and it does willingly takes up a lot of time.

Planning
With so much of my time being spent on trains and between offices, blog planning is key. Whilst sometimes it takes the fun out of throwing up a spontaneous blog post like I used to in my student days, it helps me work out when to take photos and schedule things around events like sales, season appropriate events, etc. Maybe that's the social media assistant girl cracking out in me though!

A simple notebook and pen chucked in your notebook will certainly help: I have a list of blog post ideas, another of outfits I've worn and want to shoot at a later date (sorry, not sorry) and of little 'admin' things to sort out, like remove spam comments (hate you, Blogger), install Disqus, email back to commenters who've asked questions... It's good for putting words to paper immediately too, if you're not near your laptop or iPad.

Writing
Writing my blog is one of my favourite things to do. No guidelines, no house style to follow and the ability to sit down and have a metaphorical chat with my readers. I'd like to think that I know my readers quite well and so my posts are pretty nonsensical: a little talk about how I styled a new favourite piece paired with some chatter about what's going down in my world. I probably use my blog in a way similar to a diary in all fairness! What do you think?

Photographs
Most of the questions that I get about my blog relate to taking outfit photos. I shoot mine on either my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S3), my Nikon D3100 on a standard kit lens or whichever camera/phone my friend uses. I have a particular style with my photos that I stick to: a few full-lengths, some cropped body shots, close-ups of my shoes, accessories and separates, and then a couple of atmospheric shots.

Currently I live at home and my little sister is a dab hand with my DSLR. She takes all of my photos using manual settings. I help her to adjust the ISO and aperture to suit our location, and we shoot in multi-shot mode to get the job done quickly. You can read more about DSLR settings on Gem's blog. I post-process my photos in Photoshop CS6 and GIMP, mostly joining photos or cropping them, but nothing much else happens in production time!

Before my sister took my photos, I lived in Southampton for Uni and thankfully, studying a semblance of Fashion Journalism, there was always someone on hand to shoot! The majority of my outfit photos taken in 2011 were shot in manual settings, auto focus mode, multi-shot timer on a tripod though.

... & Everything Else
I always read the blogs of my commenters and often leave comments in return. The beauty in blogging over traditional print media is that it is so reactive, fast and community driven. If you've ever received a blog comment from me, I'm sorry in advance for being so talkative! ;) Try and make a point of commenting on at least 5 blogs a day: trust me, you'll make their day!

Admin bits. The bit no-one cares too much about. Day-to-day, I go through and delete spam comments on the blog, reply to comments and check that links are all a-okay. I also like to update my blogroll and switch up my favourite independent retailer links (none of these are sponsored, just my own favourites!).

I also go through my blog emails (seriously, hundreds a day...) and make notes of brands that I've agreed to work with. I then like to plan content for gifted items if I really like the piece, such as the Ways to Wear I wrote about my macaroon flecked Uniqlo top, or this video I shot for a J Crew partnership. Sometimes I reread posts and amend little mistakes/cringe inwardly at my outdated copy!


Hope this answered some of your questions surrounding how I blog! If you have a blogging tips or similar post, I'd love to hear - whack your link in the comments. It's always interesting to see how people started blogging and how they plan blogging within their everyday lives. (: 

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  1. Gosh, I don't think people realise how much work goes into blogging! I love to keep a notebook handy too as it's so useful to jot little ideas down whenever/wherever. xxx

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    1. I never see it as 'work' exactly, but there is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that goes down before people get to read a post, for sure. I need to invest in a new one, mine's been going strong since last summer - eek! x

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  2. I need to get on top of my spam comments - you've just reminded me! I write endless lists too. Glad to see i'm not alone!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. It's so hard to keep up with them, but I've noticed far less spam comments recently which is good! Ow mate, you're never alone with the Dream Team in tow! x

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  3. Ahh you're so organised and I'm so unorganised! I need to get a new blogging notebook I think!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Haha thanks Jennie! I do go through bouts of organisation - currently in a good phase and I'm full of blogging ideas at the moment, which can only mean good things. x

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  4. I would say I do half of this. I try to plan around my shifts, but it gets so difficult and I am just so tired. I do think people forget just how much effort goes in to planning your blog xxx

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    1. Oh I definitely agree Gem, a lot of the time I get home, start dinner and real life and my blog gets put on the backburner a little. There is a lot of effort involved in even creating a blog post, planned or not! Always enjoy reading FGWL though, it's come on leaps and bounds since I started reading all those years ago! x

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  5. I think being organised is te key, because blog can consume a lot of time if done unplanned.

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    1. That's quite true actually! My more sporadic posts don't take much time but I'm never as happy with the overall post quality if I don't make at least a little effort! x

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  6. Lovely post, it's good to have an insight into how you manage your time and keep the quality of your blog! Xx

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  7. Love this post Michelle it's really helpful :) I've just started a blogging notebook which I'm hoping will make me a bit better at sticking to a blogging schedule as I keep running out of time to blog as much as I want to at the moment.
    I think it's amazing you've been blogging for that long - what I love most about blogging is being able to look back at posts from a while ago and see which products I was loving/what was happening in my life then etc :) :)
    Love Holly x

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    1. Thanks so much Holly! I think it's worth keeping a notebook just to keep on track of things and still manage to make the most of real life. I don't have a particular schedule but I have certain periods of time that I know I can use to blog, if that makes sense?! x

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  8. Hey,

    great post - orginsation is so important and to have fun with your blog :)

    Love

    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  9. I wish I was this organised!

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    1. I try to be as organised as I can because I'm so busy with freelance projects nowadays, but I love my blog too much to let the content and momentum slide! x

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  10. That cat <3
    Spooky that we were talking about planning blog posts this evening (before I had even read this!) x

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    1. I know, he's a dream! Hahah it's like you already knew ;) So nice to see you last night! x

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  11. Really love his post, I keep meaning to do something similar. I think I might actually try and do it now. I love your blog, and so glad I get to read it xx

    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks so much Steph! Aw you're such a cutie, Stephanie Dreams/Topshop Princess was one of the very, very first blogs I ever read and followed! (: can't wait to read your post. x

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  12. Loved reading this post! I like to schedule my posts or if I have some time compile "on the day" ones, but mostly I note down what posts I like to cover and take pictures all in one go (not for outfit posts though) then write them all up and it saves me so much more time! Plus I'm quite slow at making a post so it helps to get 3-4 at a go! xxx

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    1. Thanks Sophia! Ah that's exactly my method as well, I tend to note down outfits that I've worn and reshoot them properly at the weekend, but have also started 'on the go' Instagram outfits too. (: x

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  13. Wonderful post...I really like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  14. I agree with your communication point. I started a blog as a way to get in touch with others and share experiences. I love reading what people are up to and commenting on their entries. It's rewarding in a way :)

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    1. Yes definitely! It's such a fast-paced and reactive platform to share things too. (:

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  15. This is an interesting post. I just started work so I am finding blogging different in terms of planning. Missing those student days of spontaneous posts as you said. I do some of my commenting on the morning bus now.

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    1. Thanks Imogen! Ah I really miss my student blogging days as well. Wish commenting wasn't so clunky on mobile platforms though. x

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  16. It's always wonderful to see these kinds of posts, Michelle. Makes me take into consideration what I need to be doing to stay half as organised as you! Plus, I love the tone of voice in your posts. x

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense

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    1. Thanks Adrienne! I wish I could be even more organised sometimes, there are some crazily organised bloggers that I'm forever envious of. x

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  17. This seriously helped so much, thank you!!! Oh, and it is also great to see someone using their phone for some photos as well! I am investing in a new camera, but sometimes my phone is just so practical! xo

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    1. You're welcome Natasha! Thanks for the lovely comment. I think a mix of photos is good, for my blog at least, because it helps the realism of a blog when the online media world has become SO professional. I like the more approachable feel of my blog without littering too many Instagram snaps on it. (:

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  18. Thanks for sharing the tips =)

    I have a UK only give away on my blog, if you would like to check it out =)

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  19. Reading this had made me realise I am SO unorganised when it comes to blogging. I made the job of buying notebooks to start being a bit more organised, but have failed to keep up with them! But I'm definitely going to start being a better blogger. Thanks for the post, Michelle!
    Ashleigh x
    www.ashllyd.com

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    1. I always love reading your blog though Ashleigh! Aw thanks for the looovely comment darl. xx

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  20. I love making lists haha!
    This post is great, thanks for sharing.
    Mia
    Miafelcetextiles.blogspot.com
    X

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    1. Me too! Ah you're welcome Mia. (: they're from Zara, I've seen them in the sale if you fancy buying 'em! x

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  21. Ooh and I love your shoes!
    I've seen some similar that I need in my life
    X

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  22. This is a brilliant post and I believe that organisation really is key, something which I must get better at! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah! I think it's really down to the individual, but I find that upping the organisation helps me to blog just how I want to, keeping the quality etc. whilst still having a life and job! x

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  23. Lovely post, Michelle! I feel as if I'm still in that "throw stuff together" phase only having just graduated uni and figuring out life. I have so many ideas and plans, I need to make a point to jot them down. Whoo-hoo to HP reference. Harry Potter FTW!
    <3 Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! Oh I remember that phase... I'd just started interning at two different companies/magazines and it was simply insane! Really fallen off the organisation bandwagon recently but hopefully I'll be back on track this week. x

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  24. Ahh the good old train into London. I actually miss taking that journey since I moved. I always did my best drawings in my moleskine on that ride. Good advice though, I'm struggling with work/life/boyfriend balance and writing posts. Right now it just tends to be if and when I have the time but I'd love to have a somewhat regular schedule.

    Hope you are well and that the UK isn't too gloomy!

    Nicole xoxo

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    1. As much as I complain about it, it's quite relaxing to have that 20 minutes or so! Train journeys are full of nostalgia, to me at least. Mm, I'm trying to keep on top of so many things at the moment, but at the same time I don't want my blog to suffer! Ah hope you're well too lovely, the UK is slowly perking up (as you well know)! xx

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    2. Definitely! Everyone just minds their own business and gets on with whatever it is they want to do. Some of the best people watching around! I wanna see if maybe next summer I can plan a trip back with my bf and we can explore London together! I'm doing great over here I love it, don't think I'd be able to live in England again though, the endless sunshine has spoiled me :) xoxo

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  25. I've got a question! How do you get people to read & comment on your blog? I've always been an avid blogger, but never really had much interaction with other bloggers. I do read & comment on other people's blogs and such, but how else can I put my blog out there to get some interaction going??

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  26. I have been following your blog for 6 months now. Always light and happy which is the same approach I have taken with me and my husband's blog which started not long ago! Happy blogging!.

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