November 23, 2010

How to Post a Post

Today we're doing a little behind the scenes work.  A while back several of you expressed interest in knowing how I do my posts.  I've come up with a few things that help me post more efficiently and so today I'm going to share my little system with you.

When I first begin working on a project I make sure to take pictures all along the way.  I take 2-3 of every step because it's not uncommon for one to be a little blurry.  I like to have options.  Once the project is completed and my camera has all the photos I've taken, including the final pictures I dump them into my computer.  Recently I started creating files for each project and it's helped me a lot.  I'll show you what I mean.

This is my desktop view below.  See the folders all the way to the right of the screen?  They're labeled "train table, boys, how to post, and tee for baden."  When I dump my pictures I DO NOT just dump them all into one program.  I open them up and copy them into the proper folders.  So, I select all the photos of Baden's tee and drag them into that folder.  Then I'm not searching through thousands of pictures when it's time to edit or post them.

Now I have a file chocked full of the project's pictures.  It's not unusual for me to have 70 pictures for one project.  I take lots when I'm having one of the boys model something because it takes tons of pictures to get a good one.  Next I delete.  I try hard not to keep extra pictures.  I delete everything except the photos I'm using for the actual post (unless there are a few cute extra ones of my kids I want to keep). 

After that my folder looks like this.  Now if I need to upload some to picnik for editing, I won't be searching forever through the thumbnails.  I edit what I need to and make sure when I save them that I'm saving them to the same folder again.

After I have all my photos ready I upload them into the post in the order they go in.  I like to make sure I have a finished picture of the project at the top of the post and at the bottom of the post.  Once the pictures are in order I go through and write the text.  The pictures prompt me through that because I look at them and remember all the steps involved.  Below is a screen shot of me posting this very post.  Whoah...a post within a post...kind of freaky :) 

When I'm all done I proofread the whole thing and save it.  I would schedule it to post, but my schedule to post feature doesn't work for me.  I don't know why.  If any of you do know please feel free to tell me why.  I'll love you forever.

Since I can't schedule my post I head to my computer every morning around 6am (sometimes later if I'm sleepy).  I pull on my sleeper, tiptoe down the stairs so I don't wake my kids, and turn on my computer.  I proofread again and then publish that little baby.

The folder thing has helped me a lot.  It's so frustrating when you're in the middle of six projects and all your pictures are everywhere.  Having a system with phases or steps also helps me if I happen to get interupted, which happens a lot with my little guys.  If any of you have any great posting tips, feel free to share.  I hope you learned something new. 

And because there really weren't any fun pictures in this post, here's Rex giving you "Blue Steel" even though he doesn't know what that means.

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. The best part about this post is I've always enjoyed reading your blog when I get home from the gym in the morning because I know there is almost always a new post that early...and I've always thought you scheduled them, but now I know you're just up early posting them because you know I'll be on to read this early :) How nice of you to do that for me! HAHAHA

  2. It's too bad your Post Option doesn't work. Glad mine does. I have no advice for you to fix it. Don't you just wish the 'working window' was bigger? I do.

  3. Thanks for the post. How do you get your pictures so large? When I post with Blogger the pictures are much smaller even though I select the large size.

  4. I have no idea about the scheduling problem. Mine does the same thing. It doesn't work. Ugh!

    I have a question for you (but I think I may know the answer) do you have different font? Is it because you have a blog template that makes your posts all look the same? For instance, your date shows up 23.11.10 Mine just looks like November 23, 2010.

    I hate blogger! Whenever I post pictures and then text it always adds a thousand lines of space when I only enter once or something. So frustrating.

  5. What a beautiful background :) and what a cool/sweet pic of Rex.

    I don't know how to fix your scheduling problem, sorry :(

  6. The schedule post feature doesn't work through Blogger for me, either. It does, however, work when I use Windows Live Writer. And if you're not using Live Writer for posts with lots of pictures (i.e. tutorials), you really should. Seriously. When I first started using it I was mad no one had told me about it sooner. ;)

  7. Have you tried playing with the time on the scheduled poster. I thought it wasn't working for me and then I figured out that my clock was off by an hour. I have to schedule a post for an hour before I really want it to appear.

  8. I very much enjoy your blog...I like sitting down everyday enjoying the creative-ness. I like to use Picasa with my pictures, because I'm able to sync the folder right to Blogger & the pictures are there whenever I need them. Also, to the question above {about making your pictures bigger}, if you go to your settings tab, all the way down to global settings, there is an option called "select post editor"; if you click on "updated editor", whatever picture you put on your blog, you are able to control the size.

  9. Thank you so much for your post today. I really appreciate the time you have put in to helping us other bloggers :)

  10. I schedule posts all the time! My schedule clock is off by 2 hours (I think it is on pacific time or something), but I click "Post Options", then type in the date and time I want it to post, then click publish post. It will then be scheduled for when I designated it to be. Hope that helps!

  11. gah! glad to hear scheduling posts doesn't work for you either. I can get it to work sometimes, but it's finicky. I think I found that I have to publish it then just leave that screen open indefinitely (until the post actually goes through) otherwise it'll go back to a draft....

  12. the scheduling post thing...
    I see lots of people are suggesting it's a time issue...
    but it might also be the date...
    check the date on your computer (
    it may be off by a day or two, a month or even a year)...
    that was my problem...
    I have never had problems posting until yesterday and it was because my calendar on my computer was 2 days ahead......
    hope you can figure it out!

  13. That stinks about the posting thing!

    BUT, have you tried Windows Live Writer? I've been thinking about doing a post about it because I love it so much. It's so easy, you can resize the pictures in there, you can schedule the post, save it for later, chance things and publish again but it just changes what you needed it to rather than re-posting. LOVE IT. Anyways, maybe I'll do a post like that next week because I don't think I would blog if I didn't use it. Too many pics to upload and resize!

  14. You have a great posting technique... I just thank you for the great stuff that you shares with us. More power!
    I don't have any idea about posting thing..sorry I can't help. Have a great one!

  15. Thanks for the suggestions! I will have to try these. I have pictures everywhere and it gets so confusing!

  16. Good stuff! Thanks for the "behind the scenes" peek!

  17. Bummer scheduling posts to be published doesn't work for you...

    Love the Zoolander reference!

  18. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that encouraging comment for me. That was sweet and did really help! I was working on a tutorial post and happened to check your blog first and it was so timely. It helped me be much more organized. I appreciate your willingness at helping other bloggers out. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Oh no! I hope that someone has a tip for you on how to fix your scheduler!!! I usually compose all of my posts from the week on one night then schedule them! Then I feel like I have more time to create and need less time to blog :P p.s you're up much earlier than I ~ you go girl!

  20. I was having trouble with my scheduler too (well I still do but sometimes its just user error... I think?) but I saw that I was in the wrong time zone and after I fixed that it works no problem.

  21. I'm sorry to hear that the scheduling feature doesn't work for you! I don't have that problem, but every time I upload a picture I have to exit the post and come back in before uploading another picture.

    Thanks everyone for the Live Writer tips - I need to check that out!

    Another option for sizing your pictures: upload your picture. Click on your picture when it is in the editing area of the post. This will highlight your picture and at the bottom of the picture you can change the size to 'Large' or 'Extra Large'

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

  22. Thanks for the information. You sure do A LOT of work for these posts. What a woman.

  23. Great tips on posting! I'm going to try them out. I am excited about streamlining it.
    I never delete photos, but it makes total sense!

  24. Yea!!! Thanks for sharing. I need to get my system more organized before it gets out of hand.

  25. I used to have problems with the Blogger scheduler up until a few weeks ago. The post would not show on my blog, but it would show immediately in my feed reader. I played around again with it, and it seems to be working. You may want to try it out with a post you don't need to schedule and just post-pone it by 10 minutes to play around with it.

  26. Just moved all my existing blog pictures into folders...and I love it! I will be doing this with future posts...maybe blogging will be more fun with a bit of organization! :)

  27. I can never get my stupid scheduling thing to work either.

    I do the folder thing too! I have a folder for each project I do with pictures, and I also keep folders and word documents with pictures and links when I do round-ups of other peoples' ideas, so I don't lose them between finding them and posting thing.

    Great tips, thanks!

  28. Thank you so much for all these great tips! I am just getting started in the whole Blog World so all this information is so helpful to me! Thanks!!


  29. came across this today...THANKS so much, I am pretty new to this blogging stuff and i am really trying hard to keep it going...any help is appreciated!


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