How To Prepare A Blog Post

How To Prepare A Blog Post

I always get this question – Ken, how long do you take to come up with a blog post?

Well, if that question is referred to an extensive blog entry, it can take up to 3 hours just to prepare a single writeup.

scribble notes for blog

Back then, I used to jot down notes on papers for blogging purposes.

Throughout my blogging experience, I’m not the type who write on the spot and publish immediately. Never, unless it’s a really short entry or when I could really need a boost to the traffic.

Well, enough with the talk, here are the steps normally done prior to updating the blog. The blog entry used as a demonstration is Why Men Like Boobs (click if you like boobs!), which was published not long ago.

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1) Think of an interesting booby topic to write about, type short points on Blogspot.

draft on blogger

The draft on Blogspot will be saved and stored until the day (or the day before) I decide to publish it.

2) When time is right, the draft is copied to TextEdit – a slightly advanced text-editing application on Mac.

draft on text

The pointers will be further elaborated. Proper introduction, explanation on points and a reasonable ending will be added.

3) Search for relevant images on Google.

google image search

Depending on the imaginary images that come into my mind, this step could take up to an hour just to obtain the right photos. If the blog entry uses my own photos, this step is skipped.

4) Download suitable images onto desktop.

desktop cluttered

The usual cluttered desktop due to downloaded photos. They will then be transferred into a folder.

Next up, the photo editing work starts.

5) Width of images re-sized. The width of all images on kenwooi.com is standardized to 500-pixels.

resize image

This consistency is a strict requirement on every single blog entry.

6) Crop height of images. The height of each images is normally standardized to 300-pixels.

crop image

However, the height could vary depending on suitability.

7) Sometimes, adore image for a while. Ahh, boobies…

adore image

Not applicable unless image is interesting. Also if required, certain editing is done – for example, inserting bubble speeches or cropping.

8) Rename image files.

rename image

All image files will be named accordingly. This is used as a reference for adding image “alt” code later (refer step 14).

9) Add kenwooi.com watermark to images.

add image watermark

For photos that are mine or have been edited by myself, a watermark will be manually added.

10) Structure draft on TextEdit by inserting images in between designated intersections.

structure blog post

Amend phrases and sentences to suit the flow of the added images. Put indications for image locations.

11) Copy updated draft to Blogspot post editor.

copy text draft to blogger

12) Upload all image files to Blogspot.

upload image to blogger

Now, you may ask why not upload on WordPress instead? It’s because I don’t wanna waste the web hosting’s bandwidth. Too many images on this blog will take up more bandwidth. Google’s Web Picasa, on the other hand, doesn’t have bandwidth limitation.

13) Once images are uploaded, remove unnecessary image HTML codes.

remove image codes

The chunk of codes for each images will be simplified. Hyperlink tags and other rubbish are deleted, leaving only the essential image codes.

14) Add “alt” tags for each image.

add image alt tag

The “alt” tags serves as the keyword for image searches. It’s necessary for search engines, especially on Google since the images are uploaded to Web Picasa, a Google product.

15) Change more images codes.

change image code

If you’re confused, the “%2B” will be changed “+”. An unnecessary step but it’s an extra thing I do. Don’t ask me why, but from my perception – loading 1 character is faster than 3 characters, even though it represents the same thing.

16) Modify size code of all image links from S400 to S800.

change image size

By default, the size of an uploaded image via Blogspot is 400-pixels. Increasing 400 to 800 allows a maximum of 800-pixel width and height.

17) Organize and structure images with draft by inserting them into indicators set earlier.

organize post with images

18) Add formatting. Bold, underline, strikeout, hyperlinks and others.

add text formatting

19) Read organized write up on Blogspot. Spot mistakes such as incorrectly structured paragraphs, misspelled words and repetitive phrases.

read post on blogger

Modify them until satisfied.

20) Copy post HTML code to WordPress.

copy post to wordpress

21) Rename permalink if necessary. Short yet descriptive is good.

rename permalink

22) Set publish time to 12am.

set publish time

If you haven’t realize, all updates on kenwooi.com are set to midnight @ 12am. Other time is not allowed.

23) Again, double read/check the post on WordPress. Spot mistakes and modify again.

read post on wordpress

There are always tiny modifications here and there – phrases, spellings, synonyms and sentence structures.

24) Preview post on kenwooi.com.

preview post on wordpress

25) Check preview structure and formatting.

check post structure

An almost perfect kenwooi.com blog entry must consist of the following requirements:

a) Each paragraph shall not have 1 or 2 words on the last line. Either reduce or add more words.
b) Maximum 3 paragraphs in between each images.
c) Smooth flow from words to photos and back to words. Reword and rephrase if needed.
d) Double check on grammatical mistakes.
e) Repeat from a) for 3 or 4 times.

26) Occasionally, ask suggestions for more attractive post title.

ask for titles

27) Save final draft and wait for 12am to publish.

update blog

Throughout the waiting period, slight amendments are inevitable. Once 12am, hit publish button!

28) Immediately ping blog on ping-o-matic, pingoat and blogged.my.

ping blog

29) Shorten blog entry permalink on bit.ly for sharing purpose.

shorten link bitly

30) Announce update on blog on Facebook and Twitter.

update facebook twitter

Alright, that should be the end. But usually, minor changes are still done the next morning.

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So ladies and gentlemen, this is how I prepare a blog entry on kenwooi.com. :)



33 thoughts on “How To Prepare A Blog Post

  1. Ahahha~ okay my eyes are spinning. I don’t know if it’s the technicality of the things u wrote or I’m so sleepy and it’s past my bed-time. lols.

    Who says blogging is simple? They have no idea how much effort we take to create a post. For me the most tedious part is choosing and editing the pictures.. hate it max!

  2. i don’t have so many steps. i usually blog and post on the spot. short or long posts same. when my ideas come nothing can stop me from typing continously until i’m out of idea and that’s when i stop typing and post.

  3. Wow you are really pro and those are really tedious work. Especially when combining blogspot and wordpress together. Maybe upload images using Picasa 3 will be easier. Because you can just set the image size to 640

    PS: Provided if you widen your blog layout =)

  4. We have pretty much the same steps.. but I start with photo first. No photo = no blog entry.

    Resizing the image size and adding watermark too. Never bother too much with naming the pictures though.

    HEAD TITLE paling sakit kepala. Some takes me 1-2 days. Take my sweet time to brainstorm with this one.

    I am interested in how you promote your blog. I only do it through Facebook and Twitter ^^; once only some more..

  5. You got me lost there on the foto coding part. Never knew had to do all that. I don’t even label my pictures correctly. So lazy that it just go from 1-10 @_@

  6. very detailed post!

    ill start off mine with pictures first. edit and upload to facebook and transfer them to windows live writer and then start writing! hehe

  7. i like how somewhere in the middle with the html coding it gets more convoluted! lol

    such great effort for a boobie entry!

    YOU SEI HAMSAP LOU YOU!

    when coming back? =3=

  8. Wowwwww!!!! Very good post – all the details. I’m sure some bloggers would find this very helpful. Is this post for some contest? If you are, good luck, all the best.

  9. wow, a very elaborative way on how to write a blog post iwth a punch. Nice work Ken!
    By the way, I am thinking perhaps you can save some time and effort by using the Qumana blog editor in your mac, or install Windows live writer in your virtual Windows. By using either of these 2 free software, you can skip the step where you need to copy and paste your wording and images URL in blogspot and wordpress.
    Give it a try! :)

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