Thank goodness for other bloggers ❤ Seriously. Sometimes I feel like the content here on Horror Made is getting a little stale. Which, hopefully is just me being weird about consistent content… What do you think?
But just in case… today I’m playing a blogging tag game with C.S. Knight from darkfictioncoma.wordpress.com. I found the questions and answers on their blogging process really interesting, so I wanted to continue the conversation here.
If you’re a fellow blogger, you can play too. Just tag me or another blogger in your response post. If you do answer the questions, let me know! I’d love to hear what you have to say about your process. I’m constantly learning how to improve what I’m doing by listening to how others do things.
1: Where do you blog?
I almost always blog from my little laptop while sitting at my desk. Although I have occasionally written posts through my phone or iPad. I seriously can’t trust the WordPress apps to have them go live when I schedule them. I had a few just get queued on my phone instead of going live because there was no WiFi before and I said, “Never again.”
2: Where do you find inspiration for your posts?
Tuesdays are fueled entirely by your poetry and the inspiration they give me. Thursdays’ book reviews are entirely because of those of you who are authors and are generous enough to share your stories with me. And Fridays? Fridays have also become (mostly ) about you. Although I still have the occasional random thought like today’s post. But generally, I have questions, you answer them. And I find your responses to be entirely fascinating. Wednesdays are fueled by Alexander’s brain. I wonder where he’s finding his inspiration. I’ll ask him to write a response to this tag as well.
My other random posts come from reading other blogs, watching movies or listening to podcasts.
3: How long does it take you to write a blog post?
As you can probably tell by my editing… maybe an hour a post these days. Unless you count the time I spend creating artwork or reading the poetry/books. Then I could easily say that each post takes about a day.
I read every single #horrorhaikuesday poem a couple times through and pick my favorite two.Think for about half a second and the first image that pops into my mind is the one I tear into. Half an hour to three hours later (depends on how focused I am) I’ll have some artwork created and out into the world.
For the book reviews I take about a day to read the book. I’ll take notes along the way, and then as soon as I’m done reading I hop onto wordpress to write the review. That usually takes at least an hour. Then I’ll spend about 30 min on a sketch for the post and send it out. Sadly that’s all generally done 10 minutes before the post goes live. It’s been a bit hard to stay ahead of the flow with all the random things I’ve been up to lately.
4: Do you plan your blog posts? How?
Yes, and in excess.
Horror Haikuesday comes straight from your work on Twitter each week. The book reviews are all scheduled out on my upcoming reviews page. But it’s not just the blog posts I brain storm. It’s the blog,YouTube, and now Podcast posts that all get brain stormed at once.
I have been working on figuring out what posts I want to put out beyond what’s become the routine. But there is SO MUCH I want to share, the hard part is prioritizing it. I actually did a mind-map recently with coggle.it to try and help me figure out what kind of content I want to focus on based on who you guys are. But as you can see, that mind map is a freakin’ mess:
I also keep an excel spreadsheet of information, images, and blog posts I find inspiring so I can return to it later if I’m ever feeling stuck for ideas.
I also also keep an ever-growing list of post titles and concepts in a google doc. I just need to narrow my focus a bit and go in one direction rather than be a total spaz and frolic through the endless fields of possibilities in my head. “How Horror is Made” is a surprisingly broad topic…
5: What kind of camera do you use?
Usually my Galaxy Note 4. Given my impulsive nature, it’s usually the only thing close at hand to give me what I want immediately.
6: What editing programs do you use?
There’s a few:
- Canva.com I use to format images for specific platforms.
- Corel Painter is where I create most of my illustrations.
- Occasionally I’ll steal Alexander’s computer to do some more complicated things with Photoshop. But that happens less and less these days.
7: Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?
Yes. I’ll do a big ol’ brain storm and just write every little thing down in a massive list in my sketchbook. Every few months I’ll do that for a list of 100 ideas. Then I’ll pick the top 50 and I’ll later type them all up into a spreadsheet.
8: Do you take your pictures?
Most of the time I make them, sometimes I take them, other times I use free royalty free images from pixabay.com. I freakin’ love that site.
9: What’s your favorite type of blog post to write?
Horror Haikuesday has become my favorite because I love being inspired by your poetry week after week. A VERY close second is the book reviews, because I love helping indie horror writers find the right readers.
10: Who knows about your blog?
Well there’s you. 😉
Also, at the time of writing this post, about 22,000 amazing people. Most pop in and read about the horror podcasts I recommend then journey on wards to the interwebs, but the rest of you are my collaborators. You are writers and artists, podcasters and filmmakers, musicians, poets, and content creators. We are the storytellers of horror. And that’s why I love you all so much ❤
11: Are you an organised or messy blogger?
Freakin’ messy. I’m trying to be more organized, but even with the concerted effort, I’m still all over the place.
12: Biggest blogging pet peeve?
I make so many run-on sentences! Reading my posts out-loud has helped a lot, but there’s still a ton of them in here.
Feeling inspired to give this tag a go? Please do! And please remember to link back to this post so that I read what you’re up to.