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Blog Post Checklist

A checklist to make sure you do everything you need to for your blog post before you click publish!

After having blogged for 7 years, I have gotten how I do my posts down to a science. So, I decided to make this checklist for each blog post just for you!

A checklist to make sure you do everything you need to for your blog post before you click publish!

Before You Write Your Post

  • Get inspired. Your thoughts, your day, your family, experiences, faith, knowledge, opinions, and anything you see can be turned into a blog post.
  • Write your ideas down. I use OneNote and the voice memo apps on my Phone to keep track of my post ideas.
  • Use a calendar to plan out your posts.

Draft

  • Just write it out.
  • Go back and organize into paragraphs with a good logical order. Make sure to do a grammar and spell check.
  • Add in quotes or links.
  • Add in images.

Images

  • Create at least one pinnable image. Use a high quality photo you’ve taken or use a royalty free image. I typically get mine from pexels.com or unsplash.com.
  • Use a photo editing program. I use the free versions of Picmonkey and BeFunky.
  • **I will do a later post on how to create pinnable images.**
  •  Insert your images where you want them. It is preferable to have them be the width of your post and center. Make sure horizontal and vertical images are the same width.
  • Make sure to add an alt tag to at least the pinnable image.

Finish Your Post

  • Add in your signature and a call to action (question, challenge, something at the end to engage your readers).
  • Select the categories and tags for your post.
  • Work on your SEO. I am still new to this, and as a WP user, I have the Yoast SEO plugin which makes it sooooo easy!
  • Preview your post to make sure everything looks good.
  • Schedule it out or immediately publish.

Share

  • Use the link to share your post on different social media. I typically schedule out my social media for the entire week on Saturdays, so I use schedulers.
  • Use Tweetdeck to schedule out tweets with a hyperlink. I tend to only do it three times a day. Include an image for at least one of these tweets.
  • Use your blog’s Facebook Page to schedule out a post–make sure you include an image.
  • Use Latergram to schedule out an instagram image. Try not to use your pinnable image if it has text (especially if it is the title of the post). When the Latergram notification comes up to post it, make sure it links to at least Facebook. This will get it on your personal page.
  • Join linkups!
  • Join comment or share threads on different Facebook blogging groups! But, make sure to pay it forward!
  • Reply to comments as soon as possible–you’ll get more engagement that way.
  • Pin it to at least one relevant board on your Pinterest acount.
  • Schedule out to have it pinned on different relevant boards and group boards intermittently throughout the next few weeks. I use Tailwind.

So, there you have it! I typically write all my posts for a week on Fridays/Saturdays and follow this checklist for each one. Meaning, I’ll go through this entire checklist for Monday’s post before beginning on Tuesday’s post. It works for me, I know exactly what to do and when, and it gets done.

What is your current Blog Post Checklist?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Muse

Since it is NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d talk about my muse–my inspiration, how I write.

I have always been a writer–my first story was called The Tallest Mountain In The World, and I created it way back in the beginning of elementary school, complete with my own illustrations. As I grew, I began to love the fantasy genre and dove headfirst into the world of new creations, magic, etc. And, I began to realize that I was more inspired in certain situations and with certain atmospheres.

My muse is what inspires me to write.

These are the things that help me to write:

crystal/quartz necklace, like this one I got from Hey June shop and other Celtic/fantasy jewelry
– dim lights and/or sunset
– nature
– fantasy pictures for inspiration
– Celtic music and fantasy adventure soundtracks (like Lord of the Rings)

When I was in a high school creative writing class, I actually wrote about my muse.

My muse is very picky about when she visits me. Usually, she flies to me at sunset. She then watches the sun go down as she tells me her ideas. She stands behind me with her hands on my shoulders, whispering in my ear after dusk, until I fall asleep. She loves to come during fall and winter, since she knows I have time off from school, and it seems like sunset and dusk lasts longer then. But she does like to tease me, occasionally. After I come home from school, when I’m supposed to be doing homework, she loves to open my novel and have me start writing. More than often, I have spent hours past my bedtime finishing homework that could’ve been done before dinner. My muse hates to see me bored out of my mind in school, so during dull classes she appears, though I do not always have paper to write on; then she teases me by showing me what happens and leaves me trying to hold that thought until I have paper.

I don’t have to search for my muse often, since she enjoys my company and watching me write about her and her culture, and her life. But she only comes when a certain atmosphere is in the air, which I try to always have, so she can come at any time. She doesn’t like it bright inside houses. So when in my room, she likes it dim, which is very pretty when the light reflects off of my lavender walls. She also likes it when there are dark, but soft colors, such as green, purple, magenta, silver and a certain shade of orange. She loves when it is warm, not hot, like summer, but not cold, like the freezer. She enjoys being comfortable on a blanket, or cushion. It is easier for her to tell me stories and poems when there is instrumental music playing which helps add emotion to the idea. My muse has given me plenty of artifacts for inspiration including many Pixie figurines, naturistic wallpaper, beautiful gems, and historic maps. She also has me keep fantasy, and adventure books on my bookshelf. She feels that I should diffuse their “magic” into me to help me write more.

What is your muse like?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

November 2015 Goal: NaNoWriMo

I know I say this every month, but holy cow! Time is just flying by! I can’t believe that the last time I was in a classroom was 5 months ago!!! Holy cow! 4 months ago we celebrated Rhys’s first birthday! My brother is leaving for his LDS 2 year proselytizing mission in two and a half weeks! Where did the time go!?!?!

Last month’s goal was to Improve My Homemaking Skills. Here is how I did.

– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange | Completed! I love my ornaments this year. I was able to give them to my father-in-law on Saturday since he was in town for work. Now, I don’t have to pay for shipping and don’t have to worry about them getting destroyed in the mail like last year’s ornaments!

– Bake some fall treats | Yummy! I made some chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, some soup/stew, and some pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream!

– Decorate for Halloween | Done! I pulled out all my Halloween and fall and Thanksgiving decorations and used all my fall scents in the Scentsy candles!

– Redo picture wall in the living room | Didn’t do this since we are kind of in limbo as to whether or not we will be staying in this townhome come the new year. We won’t know our plan for another week or so as we are ironing out details. I didn’t want to redecorate if we are only staying for another two months…

– Make a new recipe a week | I did make 3 new recipes, but I also cooked a whole lot more this month. I also prepped a whole lot more–I made a couple of freezer casseroles and plan on making a few freezer stews and crockpots to store this week!

– Make sure the house is clean and a treat set out for when Justin gets home every weekday | I did a much better job this month of doing so, but wasn’t perfect. And, I kind of gave up on setting out treats for Justin since he wouldn’t be hungry (he’d snack or have a large lunch).

– Create at least three DIY activities for Rhys | He really only helped me to paint my ornaments and helped pour and mix a few things while I cooked, but that’s really all. But, since it is getting colder and wetter, I don’t want to really on the TV to entertain Rhys, so I’ll have to come up with some ideas!

– Actually use and update a family calendar/planner | I failed at this! We did update our bedroom calendar, but hardly looked at it. I did update my blogger calendar, but hardly used it. I am on the search for a new planner to use for the new year…which one do you like the best?

 

November–Write My Book (NaNoWriMo)

This month is NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. The last time I participated in this was when I was in high school. So, I really want to this year and think I will have time, especially when Rhys is sleeping. But, you know what they say–you have to read a lot to be able to write well.

Sub Goals:
– Read and finish a book two books.
– Complete NaNoWriMo

What are your priorities and goals this month?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blogtember Day 8 // Favorite Season

I’ve decided to join up with a few prompts of the Blogtember Challenge hosted by Bailey over at Brave Love Blog for when I don’t already have a post planned this month. Guys, I feel so inspired right now. I have so many planned posts that are in the process of being written. I don’t know how I’m going to balance my three current obsessions: doing ALL the blogging, reading ALL the books, and ALWAYS playing with Rhys.

Today’s prompt is our favorite season. Well, just like all other basic white girls, it’s fall. However, I’m a little hipster in my love of fall. Before basic white girls or blogging was a thing, I loved fall. Ever since I was a little kid, fall was my favorite season.

Why Autumn is the best season

Last year, I wrote a post about Why I Love Autumn. I don’t really want to take away from that post much. But, to me, it’s the beginning. Not spring. Yes, spring is a beginning–the beginning of life, life renewed, promises of forgiveness, the Resurrection, love blossoms, nature gives birth. But, to me, fall is the beginning. The beginning of change. The beginning of the holiday spirit. The beginning of freedom (although I always had to begin school as a student or a teacher). The beginning of becoming one with nature. The beginning of cuddles, of warmth, of peace, of just sitting with a blanket, feeling the cool breeze waft over you with smells of cider, pumpkin, fire, and more.

Although fall doesn’t technically and officially begin until the end of September, I have always considered Labor Day to be the first day of Fall. And, yesterday really did feel like the first day of fall, not just physically, but mentally as well. I am so happy and excited to begin this new season as a new season in my life–as a SAHM. It’ll be interesting to see how fall develops for me when I don’t have to be at school.

What do you like about fall? Do you prefer to call it fall or autumn? Why?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog // February

Yaaay! Another post by Justin, about Justin! These are some of my favorites, and I know a lot of you agree with me! By the way, surprise, surprise, Justin will be taking over the blog every Friday in March!

1) If you could write a book, what topic would you write about and why?

Are we talking about Fiction or Non-Fiction here?  If it was non-fiction, I’d write a book probably about how to embellish a story so hard that not even you remember how it actually went.

Fiction? Probably a story about pirates fighting dragons.

2) What is one thing on your bucket list, or one thing that you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?
I would like to be so well known in my eating prowess, that a restaurant will advertise something like “Try our burgers, Justin Morrell loves them!” and then people would legit eat there because I said I liked their burgers.

Seriously though, I want to turn on the lights on a lighthouse.  I would absolutely love that.

3) If you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life, what would you want to see?

Either the ocean from a lighthouse or pirates fighting dragons….I’m a simple minded person.

4) Imagine you’re opening a shop.  What are you selling?
Shop?  Probably an arrangement of various fancy hats, canes, monocles and ties.  If it would make you look like the Planters Peanut guy, I’d sell it.

Now, if it was a restaurant or food truck, then thats a different story.  I have numerous ideas.  I don’t disclose them for fear of someone beating me to it.  Dead serious.  If you really want to know you’ll have to ask privately and then sign a contract that you’ll never disclose my ideas to someone else or use them for your own good.

5) If you could have 50 lbs of anything other than money, what would it be?

I would have 50 lbs of something that I could sell for a lot of money.  Honestly I’ve thought about this question a lot and I would have no idea.  50 pounds is a lot of anything.  Not sure I would want 50 pounds of anything.  I mean….where would I keep any of it?  If it was food, I’d get super fat.  If it was some form of entertainment, I’d never get to it all.  So um….idk?

6) Time to brag on your girl…tell us one thing that makes you proud of your girlfriend/fiance/wife!
She lets me post weird stuff.  She doesn’t get that upset when I tell stories about her that are slightly embarrassing and I embellish them to be very embarrassing.  When we get a new video game she wants, she never wants to put it down…

Honestly, I could go on and on.  She’s a gem.  I’d be lost without her.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.