Monday, 2 November 2015

Getting Into Blogging & My Blogging Routine


A typical day blogging...


My Outfit and Accessories:
Hoodie: Workwear Express* (here)
Leggings: Express (in the USA) (similar here)
Rucksack: Manhattan Portage* (here)
Laptop Case: Ebay (similar here

I have been blogging for almost three years now and have certainly developed a routine in order to get the most done in the least amount of time. I work full time and am currently finishing off my PhD, so time is not something I have a lot of at the moment. This means that I have to be very organised and productive when it comes to my blog.

First of all, I will get comfy. My outfit here depicts my typical blogger uniform: a hoodie from Workwear Express and some comfy black leggings. As my hoodie clearly states, when I was growing up I actually wanted to be a footballer. I know, I know, it's a far cry from a lecturer of fashion and part time blogger!! But I used to be a real tomboy. My 'Outfit Of The Day' would consist of a Manchester United shirt, some tracksuit bottoms with poppers down the sides (was anyone else obsessed with those?!) and a pair of trainers. My accessory was a football, permanently attached to my arm so that I could kick it around at every opportunity.

I've changed quite a lot since then. I've stopped dressing a little boy and become much more interested in fashion for starters. I came to terms with the fact that I wouldn't make it as a footballer in my mid-teens, and realised my love of writing was much more useful when it came to choosing a career. Don't get me wrong, I still love football, watching every Manchester United game, and I still played it up until a couple of years ago, being captain at university. But, football slowly became a hobby and interest, not a job prospect. Instead, my love for writing and for fashion grew, studying English, History and History of Art at university, and working as a sales assistant and then as a marketing administrator. But it wasn't until I did my Masters at the University of Manchester in International Fashion Retailing, that I discovered the world of blogging and the joy that could come about from simply chatting away in your little corner of the internet. I love being able to write about whatever I want, whenever I want, and to see that people read it, comment on it or Tweet me about it is the most rewarding thing ever. It's a love that's grown and grown, and I can't imagine a day where I would want to give this up.

So, back to my routine... As I mentioned, I work full time so I usually get the bulk of my blogging done at the weekends. I find it really relaxing, and love how I can just escape into the world of makeup and outfit styles after a week dissecting fashion retail strategies and consumer behaviour. On Saturday morning I will get my comfy clothes on, have a cup tea constantly to hand and draft out as many posts as I can. Over the years I've found that my writing is much better in the morning, and that is when I am the most productive, so I tend to start early. I do get bloggers block from time to time- who doesn't?!- but I will at least brainstorm ideas and get my creative juices flowing. On a side note, if you're looking for some inspiration to beat bloggers block, see my post containing 60 new blog posts ideas here.

When my flow is starting to falter around mid-afternnon, I break off from writing and take all the photos. This is when the light is usually at it's best as well. I will take photos for several posts all in one go, as it's more efficient and means that I've always got lots of posts in the pipeline to chip away at whenever I have a spare couple of minutes. I use a Canon DSLR 1100D camera to take all my photos with and it's a dream to work with as it can capture some amazing quality images. If it's beauty items, I'll spend a while lining them up and arranging them, playing around with angles in order to get the best shot in the natural day light. I usually place them on a rustic chest that we have in the living room, which is handily positioned near the window so naturally receives good light, and grab a couple of props that will make the images a bit more fancy. Flowers, plants and little nick-nacks are perfect for adding colour and texture to any product image. Then, if it's outfit pictures, I will get ready and drag my amazing (and very patient!) fiance to a location nearby.

Finally, I will go through the photos at the end of the day, usually curled up on the sofa with something light on the TV. I don't use photoshop or any other kind of software to edit my images, I simply crop them or brighten them if necessary. For example, the images above have not been edited at all, except to crop the edges out.

So, there you have a it, that's what a relaxed day blogging entails for me. Alongside my hoodie, comfy pants and camera, the other items that are usually by my side when blogging are my rucksack, cup of Teapigs tea and, of course, my laptop. This rucksack from Manhattan Portage is perfect for fitting all my things in, as I need it to be big enough to fit my laptop in and all my other bits and pieces. This one is also waterproof, which is certainly essential when walking to work in the Manchester rain! And, finally, as I spend so much time on my laptop, it's only right to make it pretty! I love this marble case, and it's actually pretty good quality considering it was a bargain from eBay. 

What did you used to want to be when you were growing up? 
What does your typical day blogging involve? 

Rosy x

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(*) These products were sent to me to review. My opinion is my own and is 100% honest. Please see my disclaimer for further details. 

6 comments:

  1. I love your hoody! It's so cute and looks super comfy - perfect for a day of blogging : ) My routine is crazy at the moment as I'm studying a masters and working around it too, but I'm hoping to find some sort of routine soon. I also love escaping into the world of blogging! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  2. I wanted to be an actress, but settled for physician instead. With my crazy working hours and my little daughter, I tend to do my blogstuff on the weekends when she naps, which makes being organized very important!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  3. I love your hoodie so much! It looks so cosy! With caring for my mum, I have to spend some spare moments when she is relaxing or doing something to fit my blogging in. I love that you don't really edit your photos much and they still manage to look amazing!! x

    Dee | www.promptsbydee.co.uk

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  4. Your hoody is the best thing I've ever seen!

    When I was younger I wanted to be everything from a Vet, to the Prime Minister to a PE teacher but I've decided through my blog a career in marketing so long as I can get a job after uni!

    Love this post and how honest you are
    Amy | Blonde Amy x

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  5. I love your hoodie! Great post <3

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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  6. I don't know how you do it working full time, finishing your PhD and blogging. When I was finishing my PhD I was working on it full time (I'd been made redundant a few years before which actually turned out to be a good thing with regard to the PhD!) and towards the end had to abandon blogging completely to dedicate all my time to finishing my thesis. However, I did have problems with mine though when my supervisor abandoned me three weeks before submission and the person who took over recommended a 50,000 word re-write! If you need a break and someone to chat to who's been through it you can find me on Twitter x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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