My Blog Post Process

The Anatomy of a Blog Post: DIY Blogger

So yeah, I don’t have a blog post prepared for today (and I didn’t have one yesterday either) because well, last week was the week of EPIC FAILS. There were the projects that failed in the testing phase, the recipe that just wouldn’t come together, the DIY that worked in practice runs but refused to co-operate on picture day, and worst of all the project we spent 3 hours photographing only to realize we missed two key steps, and will be re-shooting next week. The Anatomy of a Blog Post: DIY Blogger, my blog post process{We started taking pics for this DIY project, but it didn’t quite work out….}

There you have it – now you know my dirty little secret; I’m not a domestic goddess or crafting queen, nope, I’m just a mere mortal like everyone else, and sometimes my ideas suck. But since I’m also a blogger that tries to write a post every day and you lovely people come back here to read them, I thought it was a good day to share a behind the scenes look at my blog post process. If you are blogger you may find it helpful for planning your own posts, or you might just enjoy the peek at how this blog comes together!

My Blog Post Process…

At the beginning of each month I try to sit down and brainstorm some ideas for posts that I plan to do in that month. I also look at the calendar and see what’s coming up in terms of holidays, festivals, and family commitments, so I can plan appropriate content. I also have about 3000 post it notes all over my house (literally all over my house – the bathroom mirror, fridge, hallway, bedroom closet are all covered), with ideas for future blog posts.The Anatomy of a Blog Post: DIY Blogger

Then I go through my existing craft supplies for DIY projects, and my pantry for recipe posts. At this point I’m trying mainly to make projects that don’t require purchasing more stuff because I can’t really explain any more craft supply purchases to my husband. Of course, there are always some things I need to pick up for projects, so I try to shop on one day each week with a list in hand. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a biryani recipe and having to run out in your pj’s for kali elachi (not that this has ever happened to me, or that I’d ever been seen in public in my pjs).

Before a recipe is ever posted on the blog I’ve tested it at least 2 times, and in some cases I’ve tested it 17 or so times, because that is how amazing my cooking skills are. For DIY projects I try to make the project at least once from start to finish before doing pictures. This helps me order the steps in a way that make it easiest for readers to understand and recreate the project for themselves. The Anatomy of a Blog Post: DIY Blogger

I usually do test runs of my projects on Wednesday and Thursday. In preparation for photos the following week on Tuesday. That way if a project idea or recipe is a total bust, I have to come up with something new over the weekend. On Tuesday’s I convert my kitchen into a mini set and spend the day working with my photography partner to create the visuals that go with my posts. Before we start shooting pictures we create a shot list and decide if we’ll be supplementing the post with any video clips.

Of course, even with all that planning sometimes things go wrong, life happens, and you find yourself sitting at a coffee shop before your Tuesday afternoon shoot writing a post about how you don’t have a blog post to share. 

Images by: Aziz Dhamani

Raj Thandhi
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1 Comment

  1. June 9, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    LOL! Things never go according to plan in my world. I just roll with it 🙂

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