Choosing Pictures for Blog Posts

I thought I would share a little peek behind the scenes and talk about how I choose pictures for blog posts.

First, I start with the topic of the blog post. If it’s a general post, I might just use a picture of me. If it’s about something specific, like this one, I know I need one that’s more relevant.

Second, I will look at the images I already have uploaded to my blog. Sometimes I can reuse one of them. I’ve done that several times. If I don’t find a usable one, I will look in the photo library of pictures I have taken.

If I don’t find a photo I want to use from my files, I have two more options. I can either take a photo or use one from the WordPress library.

It’s easy to get caught up in the image search and spend too much time on it. I’ve actually opted to publish a post without an image if I can’t find one and am short on time. I try not to do that very often, though.

Third, when I have the image in place, I finish the post. I will give it a once-over, set the category and tags, and publish or schedule the post.

That’s a little bit about how I do it things. What about you? Do you always include photos with your blog posts?

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Blog It All (or Not)

Have you ever started something and you were so excited about it? I’m sure you have.

Then, something about it, maybe the way you bad it set up, made it feel more like a chore. You didn’t look forward to it anymore and you didn’t really want to do it. It wasn’t fun. You only did it because you felt like you had to. It was expected.

That, my friends, is where I had gotten with this blog. I needed something to make me want to do it again.

This weekend, I watched the Launch Bloggers Conference live feed. (I was originally going to go, but couldn’t.) I had a couple Aha! moments while listening to Melissa George and Marisa Mohi. Because of that, I’m making some changes here.

The main thing you’ll notice is frequency. I will no longer be trying to post every day. Instead, you can expect posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Beyond that, I will post links to podcast episodes and videos when they go up, most likely on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

I’m also going to make better use of blog categories and tags. Instead of trying to do articles/opinion pieces on things I don’t know enough about, I’ll be talking more about what I know, what I’m working on, and things I use to get my work done.

There will be more behind-the-scenes stuff and explanations of why and how I do things. Instead of talking generically about creativity, I’m going to be showing more about how I use it in my life so I can give practical examples.

I think these changes will make for a more interesting and fun experience for all of us.

I’ll have another post up on Wednesday.

January Wrap-Up

Is it just me or was January both the longest and the shortest month ever? I didn’t quite meet all of my goals for the month, but I did pretty good.

My theme for the month was “content.” As in, creating content. To help with this, I participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I ended up not completing the challenge, for a variety of reasons. However, I did get more posts up than I usually do in January. That’s a win itself.

Other things I did for January is

  • 5 Days to Increased Creativity challenge
  • 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge
  • Signed up for and started a Tunisian crochet class with Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts.
  • Finished two crocheted shawls.
  • Planned out the next JEN Enterprises Presents title (hybrid planning).

January was a challenging month, but it was ultimately a good one. I’ll have another wrap-up at the end of this month too.

And the Winner Is…

I wanted to wait until both challenges were finished before I announced any winners.

Since this was my first time running challenges, there weren’t a lot of people participating. That was to be expected. As I do more and get my name out more, I expect there will be more people participating.

Without further delay, the winner of the 5 Days to More Creativity challenge is Vidya.

I will be sending her a message via Instagram DM so I can get her prize to her.

Unfortunately I was the only one to do the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge, so there is not a winner for that one.

Thank you to those who did participate. There will be more events and challenges in the future. Announcements will be made here and in my newsletter first.

I’ll get back to a regular blogging schedule tomorrow.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge WrapUp

Congratulations! You completed the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

If you participated in the challenge by posting your pictures on social media and using the hashtag, you will be entered in a random drawing for one of the prizes.

If you got behind, don’t worry. I’m waiting until Monday to be sure all pictures are posted before I do the drawing.

In the meantime, here are the corresponding blog posts in case you missed anything.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

The links above will open in a new tab or window, depending on your settings.

The process outlined in the challenge is the process I used to develop my current planner. Admittedly, it took me longer than a week to put it together, so please realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg and could well take you longer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 5

You made it! This is day 5 of the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

Like I said at the beginning, this challenge will not give you planner peace in and of itself, but hopefully it got you on the right path to it.

For today, show us a picture of your whole system. This means your planner, your favorite planning pen(s), highlighters, sticky notes, and even your stickers and washi tape (if you use them).

Share it on your favorite social media platforms and use the hashtag so we can find you.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 4

With the prevalence of smart phones and tablets, I understand the appeal of only using a digital calendar. I know it doesn’t work for me. Out of sight, out of mind.

I do better when I use a combination. I put dates and notes in my phone and then write them in my planner later.

What about you? Do you use strictly paper, digital, or a combination?

Take a picture or screenshot and share it with us with the hashtag.