Behind the Blogging Scenes

Behind the Blogging Scenes

I really enjoy writing these posts as they allow a little more about The Pramshed to be revealed to my fellow bloggers. I first saw the Behind the Blogging Scenes tag  on My Real Fairy blog, and I voluntarily put myself forward to take part, as I couldn’t resist sharing a few hints and tips on blogging.

Where do you blog?

I write most of my blog posts in my living room sitting on the sofa, usually with the TV on in the background and the husband chatting to me. Or I will sit down at the kitchen table and write a post whilst my husband is making  dinner. Most of my posts are written in the evening, and are ready to publish often around 11pm, however I tend to think that this is a really bad to publish and often leave it to 6am when I have a fresher head.

I leave my blog post commenting for the train, and I’ll do this on my phone. It’s so much easier commenting on a mobile, than writing a blog post on a small screen.

Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?

A lot of my blog posts are written about day-to-day life with our daughter, and capture the special moments or a moment that I want to share with my readers. We’ve just recently been to my Brother’s wedding, and my next post is going to be about taking a baby to a wedding, sharing some hints and tips.

How long does it take you to write your blog posts?

I can often write a blog post in about 30 minutes. If I’ve been thinking about it for an hour or so, I often find the words come tumbling out. Then it’s just a matter of editing it to make sure it makes sense, and finding a suitable image. Sometimes I find searching for a image to be the hardest part of publishing a post, and taking longer than writing the post.

Do you plan your blog posts? How?

I have a very loose schedule. What I mean by this is an overview of each week (i.e w/c 5th September 2016), and a plan for what to publish each week. I will try to publish two or three posts a week. By no means do I have a formal blogging calendar. If posts move and another idea or product review comes along, then I will move posts out of the way for a later week.

What kind of camera do you use?  What editing programme?

I mainly use the camera on my Samsung phone, and I don’t really edit my pictures at all. I will crop them if they need resizing for my blog, or maybe apply a fancy filter. For my more fancier pictures I have used my Canon 600D DSLR camera, and I can clearly see the difference between this and my phone pictures.

Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?

Yes! I couldn’t live without a notebook for my blog. I am always writing down ideas for a post, and then allocating it against a week to write and publish the post. I love making lists, so a notebook is an essential item.

How do you take your pictures?

I often take loads of pictures of the same shot, and then have to wittle them down to the best one. If I see an interesting scene, or a memory to capture I will take a picture whether it be on my phone or camera.

What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?

Posts that are of an event or milestone we are experiencing with our daughter right now. One of my favourite posts was my review of Street Feast: Hawker House, as I hadn’t written many food reviews, and I really enjoyed writing this and sharing my thoughts with my readers. I also found that this post gained a lot of traffic with very little promotion.

Who knows about your blog?

Everyone knows about my blog. For a long time it was a secret, and only my family knew, along with my Twitter following. I made a brave move to release my blog on my personal Facebook page a few week’s ago and since then I’ve had some lovely comments.

Are you an organised or messy blogger?

I would say that I’m somewhere in the middle. Before I went back to work, I was more organised with my blog as I had more time. Now I would say it’s more adhoc. I try to be organised by allocating posts to share each week, but I don’t really have too much structure apart from releasing The Partner’s View post on a Tuesday and my Linky post on a Saturday.

Biggest blogging pet peeve?

When I can’t find a blogger’s Twitter handle on their blog. This is really annoying for anyone running a Linky, and need their Twitetr handle to send out the next Linky reminder. Anyone reading this, please check your social media links are on your blog.

I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you would like to be part of the tag just let me know. I will then tag you on Twitter and retweet your blog post once you’ve written it.

Claire x

 

64 Comments

  1. Lydia C. Lee September 10, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Oh dear! I think I’m guilty of the missing twitter handle…better investigate #FortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Ha ha! I think you have one. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  2. themotherhub September 10, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Interested to hear writing a post takes 30 mins. I generally write quickly too, after having thought about it for a while. I find if it has taken me a long time to write , I’m generally not happy with it #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Same here I don’t like having to edit a post too much often then I’m not 100 percent happy with it. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  3. wendy September 10, 2016 / 8:59 am

    I wish I could write a post in 30mintues, I’m not exaggerating when I say I can take up to 3hours to write a post! I think it’s because I include so many pictures and am a perfectionist. Your blog schedule and organisation sounds good to me, I need to start scheduling tweets..what site do you use to do this? Great tag..think I might give it a go xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

      With the pictures on top can take an hour, but I don’t have hours and hours so I try and do it really quickly. Often not too perfection or something I’m massively proud off. I need to get better as header image I’ve been playing around with canva recently. Thanks for reading x

  4. Rock and Roses Mama September 10, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Lovely to read about your blogging hacks etc!! I feel like my blogging style is very similar… I just posted my Top Tips on rockin’ weddings with toddlers… <3

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:06 am

      Ah cool on will go and check it out x

  5. Agent Spitback September 10, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Yes, I get annoyed when I can’t find the social media handles for the bloggers on their website. I am impressed that you can write so quickly. I take ages to write something because I think I am always changing my mind. I really enjoy reading blog posts like these as it gives me a glimpse of how different (and similar) bloggers can be. Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG.

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:06 am

      You write brilliant well crafted blog posts El, sometimes I think mine are a bit of a brain dump. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  6. Claire September 10, 2016 / 9:54 am

    What a great idea to get to know you! great post! I often wonder about making a plan for posting, but I honestly find I just have to write about whatever comes to me, trying to force myself to write a topic i’m not feeling right now is a disaster! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Thanks lovely I often find if I write what ever comes to mind which I find easier. Simpler than spending hours thinking of a post to write. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  7. OddHogg September 10, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I love these kinds of posts – its great to hear what other people are doing! If you tag me I’ll fill it out 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting, I’ll tag you on twitter x

  8. fancypaperblog September 10, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I think you are great to brave the public at Facebook I haven’t yet but probably will …some day. My friend who blogs is public. Purchase blogs are different though…her’s is reviews mainly and mine can be personal. Either way blogging is great#fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Ooh I hope you take the bold leap soon. Thanks for reading x

  9. rightroyalmother September 10, 2016 / 10:51 am

    30 minutes for a post is amazing! I have ideas which I bandy about in my head for a bit but it still takes me a couple of hours to write them down. I think I’m a bit of a perfectionist and they’re usually stories or infographics which do take a while! 🙂 Lovely post – thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:02 am

      I love your blog posts and theye are a work of art so I can completely see how they take a while to craft. Thanks for commenting x

  10. flyingsolo7 September 10, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I love noseying into how everyone else does things, I wish I could do it in 30 minutes too and I don’t know how you do it all and work, hats off to anyone doing that! Emma xx

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:01 am

      Thanks Emma it can be a huge juggling act sometimes but I manage it. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  11. Ali Duke September 10, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I love posts like this. It is lovely to find out how others go about blogging. Everyone has a different reason or way of blogging, it’s also a great way to pick up blogging tips.
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Ali for reading and commenting. Like you I’m nosey too x

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:59 am

      Thanks lovely for reading and commenting. I will take you on twitter to take part x

  12. Alex Malone September 10, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I loved reading this, I’ve been so out of the loop with the Blog lately I really need to get back into it so it is nice to read about how other mums fit it into their lives.
    Also how nerve wracking was it to share your blog on your personal facebook? I haven’t done that yet, i’m too shy or concerned I’m not quite sure why!
    Also you reminded me to sort out my social media icons as i just gave my blog a little make over and it deleted all my info (rage).
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Really nerve wracking but since then I’ve had some really positive comments. It was weird as it wasn’t like my blog was new new and there was already so much content on there too. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  13. Susie Hawes September 10, 2016 / 11:56 am

    This is interesting to read – I am always curious how people do their photos – camera or phone. At the moment I am just using my iPhone but I might experiment with my camera. I also write in about 20/30 mins but spend ages faffing about with photos! I also don’t have a set schedule, I write when something funny/interesting happens or when I can fit it in around days out/naps! I’d write more in evenings if it was to do a review but I’ve not asked anyone/been approached yet. Really good post! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:55 am

      I think we have pretty much the same blogging style. I wish I was more organised and had a series of blog posts on my drafts just on case I had a lazy week. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  14. Let your light shine Mummy September 10, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Lovely to read this, really interesting to see how you blog and fit things in. Thanks for sharing. Xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Thanks vicky for reading and commenting x

  15. kristin mccarthy September 10, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I like these blog interview type posts. Its good to see what others are doing and how my experience compares. Thanks! #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting x

  16. alisonlonghurst September 10, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Really interesting to hear about your blogging habits, Claire. Thank you for sharing 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting x

  17. Sonia September 10, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I’m so nosey and love to read about how other bloggers manage their time, when they blog etc. I have the same problem with the pics, I really struggle sometimes to find something suitable and it often takes longer than the actual post! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Yes the pictures can take me longer than the post to sort. Thanks for reading x

  18. From Day Dot September 10, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Always good to read posts like this, I feel so much better now about not having a strict posting schedule or spending hours editing pictures! If you don’t do it and your blog is as good as it is, then maybe it’s by the be all and end all! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:36 am

      I think it’s easy to get carried away but I’m quite strict with myself as I have so many other things I need to be doing. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  19. shaney (imummyblog) September 10, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    It’s so interesting to read about how another blogger manages thier family/work commitments with their blog. Thanks for sharing #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting x

  20. five little doves September 10, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Oh this was so interesting! I often wonder how others juggle blogging with family life, I wondered if there was some kind of secret I didn’t know about! I don’t tend to plan my posts although obviously when we reach milestones I will know I have to write those posts that week. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:34 am

      It’s tough I write as I go, I don’t have blog posts queued up which makes it harder if I’m having a lazy blog week. Thanks for reading x

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Ha ha everyone keeps commenting on the twitter handle. Thanks for reading x

  21. Fi - Beauty Baby and Me September 10, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Love this sort of post and yes yes yes to the Twitter Handle bug bear – very annoying. Maybe it’s just nosiness with me but I love reading about other bloggers and how they manage their time and blog posts. Thanks for sharing and hosting xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Thanks lovely for reading and commenting x

  22. Suz September 10, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Wow, 30 minutes to write a post. Reeeally got to try harder.
    I’m off to check whether you can find my twitter handle on my blog.
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  23. thetaleofmummyhood September 11, 2016 / 8:23 am

    We have our first wedding in January with two under two. I’m looking forward to your post, I need all the tips I can get!

    #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Thanks lovely watch out for the post this week. I’ll tweet you when it goes live x

  24. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe September 11, 2016 / 9:13 am

    It’s good to know that your posts are not super organised and more fluid, a bit more like we work. sometimes I think I must get more organised, but I guess I could say that about everything! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting x

  25. jeremy@thirstydaddy September 11, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I give you credit for being able to write while the television is on and hubby is chatting away. I usually need a bit more peace and quiet, which explains why its so hard to get out two pieces a week. #fortheloveofblog
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  26. Kirsty - Motherhoodery September 11, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Aww lovely to find out a bit more about the person behind the blog. Wow, a post in 30 mins – I’ve never been a quick writer and definitely need to improve in this area. I agree that the images can be the most time-consuming part. x #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t feel pressured the write quickly I just don’t have a huge amount of time on my hands. Claire x

  27. Tooting Mama September 11, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    It’s brilliant to get an insight into the blogger behind the blog. I can’t get over that it takes you 30 mins to type up a post, takes me so much longer! I’m very envious! Taking on board the twitter handle feedback – thanks for that! #fortheloveofBlog
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    • The Pramshed September 11, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks hun, I can quickly write a post but then it takes me ages to choose images. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  28. Geraldine September 13, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Great to know more about you and your blogging life claire. I love posts like these because it reminds me that us parent bloggers are all in the same boat #fortheloveofblog
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  29. Mrs Lighty September 13, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I love these tags too – it’s great to learn more about the blogger! #fortheloveofBLOG
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