16 August 2017

Five Rules I Keep To Before Posting A Blog

All bloggers want their posts to be perfect. From eye catching pictures to relatable content, we want our readers and audience to be excited and anticipate when our next post is going to be up on our website. I'm like that with some bloggers because their content and pictures are just blooming amazing. I'm sure that bloggers will agree with me when they say that they have a checklist they keep to before posting a new blog.
Yes, I have a checklist I keep to before I publish a new blog post. I'm quite pernickety when it comes to blogging. I do like things to be perfect, well, it's not perfect all of the time, but it's readable!
So here's my little checklist I stick to when it comes to blogging:

P R O O F - R E A D
I'm very OCD when it comes to grammar, yes I make the odd mistake cause of the stupid autocorrect on my IPhone e.g. when it's put 'duck' instead of (well, just replace the 'd' with a 'f') but when I type anything on my laptop, I make sure I do a spell check before posting. You don't want people reading your post and seeing a misspelt word or read a sentence that makes no sense whatsoever.

C O N T E N T
Definitely the most important part of any post. Is my content relatable? Will the readers be to relate this to somebody else or even themselves? One thing I love about blogging is writing content which my readers can agree with and relate to. And of course there's no better feeling when one of your followers on social media or a fellow blogger gives you compliments and praises your post. One thing I've had to tone down on is going on and on and typing worthless s**t which people don't want to read about. Worst thing you want to be is a blabber-mouth!

P I C T U R E S
Another important part of any post. When I first started blogging, I never fully realised the amazing effort bloggers put in to get their photos to look spot on and perfect. Pictures are a huge learning curve for me at the moment, looking at other blogger's photos is allowing me to take tips and inspiration from them, from how they get the pristine white background to the props that make the picture eye catching and pop out on your timeline when scrolling through Instagram. I do love looking at other blogger's photo's, in a way, they're like goals to get mine just as good as theirs. One tip I've learnt from Sophie's post is using free pictures from Pexels if you can't think of any pictures that you can put on your blog that you've taken yourself. The picture above is from Pexels, how pretty is it?!

C AT E G O R I Z I NG / T A G G I N G
One thing my little brain seems to forget at times, categorizing my posts and placing the right tags underneath. When I first started blogging, I made the stupid mistake of using every tag I could think of, like I would with an Instagram post! Tags should be able to just relate to the post itself. For example, if I write about Cystic Fibrosis, I use the tags 'Cystic Fibrosis' or 'CF' or 'Health'. There. Simple as. Three tags. All three represent what the blog post is about.

T I M I N G
I always like to time my posts. I got a rough idea now the certain time I like to publish my posts, the time I know which it'll get seen the most. It's all about the stats, right?!

What is your blogging checklist or what are you must-do's before posting?
Lucy
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