Before I begin, I just want to say that these pictures were taken on two separate occasions, hence the different tags in them.
My desk is an Ikea one that is actually a dining table. It is large enough to fit my laptop, but also has enough space for all my notes and textbooks, etc for when I want to study. When I blog, I like to have some music in the background, pens and the 'blog calendar' out.
Dedicating Blogging Time
In my diary, I will schedule in when I will do blog-related things. These activities can include tweaking the layout ever so slightly, replying to blog emails, writing and drafting blog posts, taking pictures and editing them to sitting down and generating ideas or going through previously generated ideas to see if I can make something of them. I can quite easily lose three to four hours to blogging on each occasion!
Planning The Post
In the next picture, you'll see how I wrote the blog post on the Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser I reviewed last year. Quite often, in the early stages of a blog post, there will only be three to-dos for a blog post: plan, pictures and draft. Sometimes, I want to go into more detail and plan the draft before any writing and that's what happened on this occasion. Breaking down a blog post can make it easier to stay focussed on the message you're trying to convey and it also keeps your thoughts ordered too.
Determining When The Post Goes Live
Last year, I opted to use a linear approach to plan when my blog posts would go live but then I decided to print some A4 monthly calendars off from The Tom Cat Studio to plan more efficiently. This allowed me to plan blog posts so that they went live in a more even manner. I tried colour coding the blog posts (according to topic) but that didn't last long as I forgot what each colour stood for! I just try and ensure that I don't blog about a similar topic twice in a row and this monthly blog planner allows me to do just that.
I go through phases where I come up with ten or twelve blog posts and I will write them all in one go - but then I'll schedule them so that they trickle through slowly onto the blog itself. This also means I go through phases of 'blogger's block' where I can't come up with any good ideas for a good week or two but the fact that I have scheduled posts take the pressure off ever so slightly.