Saturday, 6 August 2016

My Blogging Process* ft. Chroma Stationary

Being a blogger isn't always easy. You can face many challenges on the way from lack of communication, and interaction, to feeling as though your place on the internet is irrelevant, and one that nobody actually has any interest in.
As time has gone on, and I've continued my blogging journey, I've learnt a fair few things, and I've now got myself quite a process that I tend to find particularly helpful. You're probably not going to receive much ground-breaking information, and you might have already thought of half the things that I'm going to be telling you about, but hey ho! It's worth a shot.

Planning out my ideas
One of the most important parts of being a blogger is to make sure that you plan out your ideas. If you don't have a rough plan of what you're going to include in a post, and what you want to talk about, then how are you going to make sure that you don't miss out any key information?! I used to always write out notes in my phone, because I've always got it on me, and I knew that I was reliable, and easy to access. However, I'm now going to start using my Elizabeth A5 Notebook* that you can purchase from Chroma Stationary. I've heard many YouTubers talking about this brand, and so I obviously had to have a look for myself. I was truly blown away by what I saw! Notebooks, pens, pencils, and pencil cases available on this website all for under £10 each, bar the A4 notebooks, which are only £12 anyway - what a bargain! I genuinely thought that this brand was going to be on the higher end of the spectrum, considering what they have to offer, and I was shocked to see just how affordable they are. You can get all your stationary supplies without breaking the bank, so you're pretty much ready to go. On the website, you're able to personalise all of the products that you wish to buy, from the base colour, to the font type, to the font colour. I think that's incredible, and so I can see why they are a hyped-up brand! I was lucky enough to get sent this notebook, but even if it didn't get sent to me, I would definitely still buy it, because it's 100% worth the price. I chose to have my blog name 'Simply Jadey' written on it, as I think that's a classic choice, whilst being super pretty, and photogenic too. It's incredibly good quality for being only £8.50, so I'd highly suggest ordering yourself one. Go on, you know you want to!
Scheduling all of my posts
I would consider myself to be the queen of scheduling posts. That's just how I roll! I've had all of August's done, and dusted since the end of July, and I'm already working on September's batch. I'd say that makes me a pretty organised blogger, right?! Now, I know that scheduling may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it works a treat for me, and I couldn't have it any other way, as I'd probably end up producing no content, due to the fact that I'm a secondary school student. I like to prepare my posts fairly far in advance, and then I just schedule them to fit in with my Wednesday, and Sunday routine. Sometimes (take this month as a prime example) I even have extras! I always feel a sense of relief, and satisfaction knowing that I have posts in the pipeline, and then I can relax, and focus on the other things that keep me busy too. It's nice to know that you have a stash that are already written up, and ready to go, so you don't have to constantly remind yourself to be at home just so that you can click the publish button! Ain't nobody got time for that!
Using Google Docs when it comes to collaborations
When I've done collaborations with other bloggers in the past, I've always just discussed it with them, and then kind of written up the post as the thoughts have come to my head. However, since being introduced to Google Docs, the whole collaboration process has changed completely for me! If I'm doing a collab that requires quite a lot of planning from the both of us, then I'll usually suggest that we use Google Docs to write up our ideas. It makes it so much easier, and so much more organised, because the whole thing is written up in one place, which means that you know how to refer to it, as and when you need to. Both of you will be able to see what's what too, so you're making the process a lot better, and more straight-forward.
Taking photos in bulks, and using natural lighting
Something that I like to make sure of when blogging is that all, or most of my photos are taken by myself. It doesn't mean that I have to have the fanciest of equipment, but for the most part, I like to try, and photograph all of the products on my own, or I use scenic shots that I've previously taken, because I think it just adds a much more personal touch, and proves that my blog is in fact mine. Having said that, I do like to use other people's photos with credit sometimes (I've only done it once, but still, I'm just saying for future reference) to show off their skills, and I will sometimes get photos from the internet, but for the most part, I like to use my own photos, as that's also another hobby that I enjoy.
I don't have a 'proper' camera just yet, so I use my phone, but I do always try to use natural lighting. I think it looks much better, and it also makes the images crisper, and clearer to see too. Most people do tend to use natural lighting, as far as I'm aware anyway! Being that it's now Summer, it's much easier to take photos in natural light, so you might as well make the most of the longer days while you can, before the evenings start to draw in again, and blog photo taking gets a lot harder!
So, that's all there is to my blogging process for now. It's quite simple, but all of the steps are equally as important, in my opinion.
What steps are included in your blogging process? Have you tried anything out from Chroma Stationary before, or have I now convinced you to give their website a little look?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo
*Disclaimer: I was kindly sent this notebook by Chroma Stationary for free. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


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