This summer I decided to analyze my blog. I asked myself, "How can I make my blog better?" I asked my daughter, Kirsten, for some help. Kirsten, a social media strategist in Chicago, created a social media plan and I have incorporated many of her ideas already.
Next, I took a look at "How I Blog". I jotted down a few notes about my blog process and decided to share it:
First, if I am at home when the idea comes to me, I write it down. I have an inexpensive spiral bound notebook that I have organized into sections. I have a section for surnames, ancestor biographies, my "Where in the World" posts, civil war pension, Last Day Local, places, and miscellaneous. If I am not at home or near pen and paper, I use the Evernote app on my cell phone to create a note with ideas.
Final Touches This is where I go back and proof my writing. I preview it to make sure the format looks nice on my blog. I make sure I have added the links I wanted to, double check the title and make changes, add labels, schedule it, and hit publish.
Hoot Suite to help with promotion. Hoot Suite is a social media management tool. Currently, I use Hoot Suite to schedule posts to Twitter and Facebook. I have been trying to improve in this area.
This is how I blog. If I was more creative, I would do a blog process map, but I just have the written words above. It has been a work in progress over the past four and a half years. I am evolving as a writer and a blogger. I make changes to make Journey to the Past better for you, my readers.
Do you blog? I would enjoy reading about your process.