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Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion: blog organisation tips, how I blog, Wunderlist, planning ahead for your blog
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Blogging routines and the other side of the blog. And also because we always need photos-with-cats.

Inspired by my lovely friend and fellow blogger Lily, I thought I'd compile a post about my blogging routine - the other half of what you see around these parts...

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?

Blogging Spaces
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.

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion: blog organisation tips, how I blog, Wunderlist, planning ahead for your blog

Photos
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.

Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion: blog organisation tips, how I blog, Wunderlist, planning ahead for your blog
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion: blog organisation tips, how I blog, Wunderlist, planning ahead for your blog

Faux-organisation
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?

Social Networks
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!

30 comments

  1. This is so facinating! Thanks for sharing.
    I tend to fit blogging in whenever I have a spare minute, and because I'm not very structured about it, I often find myself skiving off proper work on my blog. Naughty. I think I need to designate Sunday as Blog-day in future. :)

    Amber xo
    www.penchanting.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Amber! I always find it fascinating to read about other people's 'behind the blog' experience. That's exactly what I used to be like, much easier with a super loose schedule in the back of my mind.

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  2. I need to take a leaf out of your book and organise outfit posts on a sunday - I just run out of time during the week and they're one of my favourite parts!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. Me too! They're pretty time consuming to link up and crop the photos so I always reserve 2-3 hours on a Sunday afternoon for blog time alongside a good/bad film! Miss you girl, see you Friday?!

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  3. I always try to blog at the weekend. Bosh out a load of posts on a Sunday while tom keeps himself occupied on the Xbox! I often start posts during the week or jot down notes in a notebook then complete them at the weekend. I'm trying to use a calendar to plan for the month ahead..good when you have lots of ideas/content...not so good when you have writers block!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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    1. Exactly! I always feel in the right frame of mind to actually prepare and write a 'good' post on Sundays too when I've relaxed and de-frazzled my brain. I'm trying to find printable monthly calendars for my blogging notebook now actually, just to plan posts against days hahah! x

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  4. My 2013 blogging schedule has been dire due to attempting to die - naughty body! However, I'm getting it sorted for 2014, alongside another project I will be starting! Oh, and I'm going back to my roots and commenting a lot more!

    And oh hey Mish! I've missed you bbe xoxo

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    1. Oh Bee, you have such a way with words ;) I'll let you off just this one time. I miss your regular blogging sweet. Can't wait to hear more about your secret project. Me too - I'm going to have more time to comment again next year!

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  5. I was thinking of doing a 'behind the scenes' type post for my blog! I love seeing how other people create their content, always has some element of inspiration for my own outlet!

    www.northoflondonblog.com

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    1. I'd love to read that Phoebe, these kinds of posts always intrigue me! We all do the same thing essentially, in different ways. x

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  6. Thanks for sharing, it was helpful. Recently my whole blogging schedule seems to have gone out of the window. School work has really stopped me from having time to photograph outfits and the things i'm enjoying at the moment. But there's no excuse, I'll have to do what you do and write my ideas down in a little notepad and plan when to post them :)xx

    Charlotte | charolivia.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thanks Charlotte - so kind of you. Mine did too, briefly! Work has been so busy recently and my evenings and weekends have been spent lazing around or catching up with friends! xx

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  7. You are so organised! I am so wishy washy with blogging! Definitely need to be as organised aha xx

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    1. Haha thanks Sophia! It's easy when blogging has become such a staple part of my spare time. One of my favourite things to do!

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  8. Ahh I love this. I always love to see peoples blogging routines to compare them to my own!
    www.daisydaisyxxo.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Daisy! I always find it really useful too, helps me to balance things out and realign!

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  9. It´s nice and interesting to know how you do it and it´s always an inspiration, love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Hillary, really sweet of you! x

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  10. Aw this was really interesting! I never really thought about blogging routines and this was super interesting. IT's nice to see where and how you go about creating your content x

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I hadn't given it too much thought but it's really interesting and somewhat inspiring - my friend Lily has an insanely busy career and life and manages to upkeep a great blog, so nice to take tips!

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  11. I always love reading about how others organise their routines, it's always quite interesting. Love this post! xx :)

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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    1. Thanks Julie! Can't wait to catch up with you next week at dinner!

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  12. This has been really helpful, thank you! I've started my blog in October and trying to organise myself, but it ends up being either all or nothing. I think this month I'm a bit better. Definitely taking the leaf out of your book with Sundays!

    http://northerlybreeze.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Maral! Ooh I'll have to have a read of your blog sweet (: I find Sundays super chilled and inspiring for my blog, my other days are simply too tiring at the moment!

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  13. Things like this are always helpful reads as recently I've been trying to get myself into more of a routine blog-wise because I love feeling like I put a bit of effort into it, it's really interesting to hear how others do it, you seem to have it worked out pretty well so it's a good bit of inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Deenie! Glad you found it interesting to read!

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  14. I always wonder how other bloggers organise - I'm haphazard at best!

    I need to take on some of these tips.

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. I always find it interesting to read about!

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  15. I really enjoyed this post - I'm still trying to get into a blogging routine myself as I'm fairly new to it all but I often blog from my bed or when I'm out and about :) I really look forward to reading your future posts :)
    Eilidh | http://letsgetwonderfullylost.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! Glad you enjoyed reading this! x

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