I am a very secretive* potato!!
Hence, this is a very monumental day as I am actually SHARING my top secret blogging habits! * no one gasps but GASP *
Everyone blogs a little bit differently, and we all have our own blogging habits! Some of them are pretty normal/reasonable, other ones are perhaps a little more… unique? Different?
Either way, I just wanted to share some of my own blogging habits and hopefully either relate to your own habits or spark a little chat about blogging habits because we’re ALL BLOGGERS HERE! Time to spill secrets. 😀
*Okay, maybe not, but humor me here, okay?
1. I almost never finish a draft right after creating it.
I don’t know if this is only me? But no joke, this is how 80% of my post writing process goes:
- “Okay, today, I’m going to write a post!”
- * gets distracted by YouTube and Netflix for an hour *
- “RIGHT. Posting.”
- * opens bullet journal for list of ideas because Analee* is uninspired for a new one * OR
- “OOH LOOK [so and so person] from [so and so thing] just [did a thing]!! What if I bookified it to [insert idea here]???” (Spoiler: usually it makes zero % sense. BUT THAT’S OKAY.)
- * Analee rushes to create a draft on WordPress.
But her internet is slow so she cries.*
- Sometimes, Analee has a funny** title already, but other times she just writes what the post is about??? (WHO DOES THAT.***)
- “Hmm… okay, why don’t I start off this post with an obnoxiously loud HI for now…”
- “I also want to mention how delicious ice cream is. Okay, done.”
- “Ahh what’s this post about again?”
- “OH YES. It’s a list!!”
- * She writes: 1. [Something about the idea] and maybe a few more if she’s inspired *
- * Saves *
- “Wow, I’m so productive.” says Analee.
*Why am I talking in third person? NO ONE KNOWS.
**HAHAHA. So I like to think.
***Duh, every normal person Analee???
I KNOW. I sound absolutely insane, but this is actually how it goes (in a more exaggerated manner, of course). Currently, I have around 250 drafts saved on WordPress… *hides* Some of them are from wayyyy back in 2015 and probably will never see the light of day, buuuuut they’re there!
Basically: there is no method to my madness!! (Sometimes.) Literally, for every published post, there were probably at least 3 other drafts that I saved and went back and forth between before completing the published one.
Though I have a schedule and a list of posts that I want to publish and write, often times I end up publishing a totally different post simply because I pick up one of my previously-abandoned drafts and finish that one instead of the draft I just started.
2. Whenever I’m blog hopping on my laptop, I have AT LEAST 12+ tabs open of blog posts.
PLUS multiple windows!
Why? Well, because I often can’t comment on posts right away, particularly for blogs I like to follow actively, at some point I just round up all the blogs I want to binge comment on, and open a huge number of posts on my laptop! I just like having them all visually laid out so I can slowly go through them all. And then one by one, I’ll close the tabs.
Except then I usually end up with a lot more tabs because for each tab I close, I still discover new blogs through the comment section of the blogs I originally started with… #darnit
And THAT’s how blog hopping takes over an hour! 😀
3. I CAN NOT, for the life of me, write a post on my phone.
Fact: Every single post on this blog has been written on my laptop!!
Why? Because I absolutely am horrrrrible with using my phone for writing posts.
I don’t even know why!
I’m perfectly fine using my phone to write literally anything else, but I just can’t get on board with writing a post. Believe me, I’ve tried! While on the bus, a few times I’ve tried writing in my Notes section but the words didn’t flow as easily, you know? I’ve just given up on that front.
Now, if I have an idea for a post randomly and my laptop isn’t with me, I’ll note it down in my phone but that’s it! NOTHING ELSE TILL MY LAPTOP.
My blog would’ve been over and done a looooong time ago if I never had my laptop. (Laptop I love youuuuu. Until you’re replaced with a new one. And then it’s adios.)
4. And don’t get me started on using the WP app for posts!
I don’t know about you guys, but trying to write or edit a post on my phone using the WP app is always ten times more difficult. Even WORSE than simply using Notes on my phone. I KNOW.
There are less options, it lags all the time for me and I can’t type the words as easily because it glitches AND to top it off, I’m also paranoid that it will publish my draft instead of saving it like I want it to, because that’s happened before. *sigh*
WordPress really needs to fix its app aghghghghghhg.
5. I love having chocolate when I’m writing a post!
And everyone thought my comments about needing chocolate were jokes! Hahaha NOPE! 🙂
I love any sort of snack, honestly, (I mean, duh BOOK SNACKS, could I be any more obvious) but having chocolate whenever I’m working on a post is just a sort of habit of mine now? It’s not what I can call a common habit for other bloggers, that’s for sure. BUT CHOCOLATE! ❤ How can you resist??
I WANT THOSE ALL SO MUCH. *cries*
And I swear it makes me work better, too. *nods innocently*
6. I am completely opposed to the “blue” WordPress post editor.
What do I mean? LET ME SHOW YOU.
You see, WordPress, because it is endlessly confusing, has two options as to how you edit your posts. One of them, I believe is older and the blue one I refer to is the new one I think?? Well, new ish. But anyway! Here’s what it looks like:
To access it, as most of you know and do, you go under “My Site” and find Blog Posts or ‘Add’, and voila!! You can see now why blue editor is a very good label for this?? Lots of blue accents, yay!
Buuuuut for me, I just can’t seem to warm up to this one for actual post writing.
Maybe because I haven’t tried to as much?? But I find the ‘older’ version of the editor is just so much more comfortable for me! I’m not quite sure why.
In case you are completely unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, to access it, we have to go to our dashboard, which is WP Admin in the My Site drop down menu thingy.
Then you’ll be able to choose the Add New button from the sidebar, or check out all your posts, categories and all that jazz! This is what the post editor page looks like:
Looks familiar? Yes, no?? (DON’T LET ME BE THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT/USES THIS!!)
I can certainly see the appeal of the “blue” editor, and I’m betting most of you use that one, BUT I kind of really like this one more and NEVER use the other editor when writing my posts.
I’M ODD, OKAY?
7. I like having something play in the background while I’m working on a post or blog hopping.
Could be a song, a TV show, or a movie, anything! Granted, it might make my productivity slightly slower because I am very easily
OH LOOK CHOCOLATE*!
distracted! But, it’s fun and it became another one of my habits too? #multitaskinggenius
*Did this accidentally not-so-accidentally become a chocolate appreciate post? Yes, yes it did.
8. I can never write posts early in the morning.
Whenever I do wake up early it’s for a purpose such as class, or work or something? I am NOT a morning person whatsoever which means you will not see my waking up early for a recreational activity, let me tell you.
Thoughhhhh there was a time that I DID wake up super super early to write blog posts (like, 5 or 6 AM) and I just look back on those days like HUH?? Who was I and what had blogging done to me??! That was probably in my phase of “post everyday” thing going on.
I have learned, since then, it is in fact possible NOT to die from early mornings and still keep up a consistent blogging schedule! WOO for that blessing.
Now, I mostly either write posts in the late-morning (11-ish) to afternoon times (like, 3 ish) or, LATE at night (11 pm to 12 and up!) There is literally no in between; you will not see me writing posts at 7 AM or even at 5PM. Nope. Instead, I prefer being a vampire, up at like, 1 AM OR a reasonable human being and working at 12 PM ish.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ MY MIND IS ODD. Someone help me. Or join me. Either one. xD
What odd blogging habits have you not dared to share with the world??? I pinky-promise I am a good secret keeper. *nods* Can you relate to any of my habits? (WE SHALL BE ODD MINIONS TOGETHER.) Or am I just too far gone in my odd-ness for you? LET US TALK!
OH and I already asked what was your favourite chocolate in another post buuuuut because of all my totally unintended chocolate appreciation here, tell me what is your favourite chocolate food?? (ex. Is it chocolate cake? ice cream? brownies? chocolate chip or double chocolate cookies? donuts? Oh my gosh I’m so hungry now aghghghg help)
And I hope you’ve had/are having a LOVELY Monday, even if Mondays are kind of the worst. 🙂 Lots of love (and chocolate)!! ❤