Be Prepared – Writing Blog Posts

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“Be Prepared”.  Are you a boy scout?  Neither am I.  However, “be prepared” seems like a wonderful motto for writing blog posts.

Let’s face it.  This blog post is more for my own good in the hopes of keeping me on track.  Blog post ideas are not a problem.  I’ve got tons of ideas swimming around in my head.  The problem comes when I sit down to write the blog post and find myself woefully unprepared.  What makes me so unprepared?


Therein lies the crux of all my posting problems.  I don’t have the right pictures or images when I’m ready to write.  I take a gazillion pictures, but I always seem to be missing one or two crucial pictures.  Here are some examples:

  • I went to a restaurant in hopes of reviewing it.  I took pictures of the outside, inside, menu, prices, and hours of operation.  When I got my food, I was so hungry that I ate the food without taking pictures of the food.
  • I went on a trip and stayed at a hotel last week.  I took pictures of the front lobby, swimming pool, exercise room, parking garage, and the hotel room.  When I got home, I realized I didn’t have a picture of the front entrance.  I don’t even have any pictures with the name of the hotel on it.
  • We bought a backpack for My Mister last week from Ferragamo.  I took pictures of the bag from every angle, even the inside.  As I sit here writing, I realize that I don’t have any modeling shots of My Mister with the bag.  It’s 2am right now, and there is no way he’s going to wake up so I can take some pictures.

These are all boneheaded mistakes that could have easily been avoided if I had been prepared.  How do you “Be Prepared”?  If you’re like me, there will always be something that you forget.

My magic answer which should have been common sense is – Make templates

If you’re a blogger, chances are that you write about specific topics.  I like to write about shopping, traveling, and eating out.  I need three different templates.  Let’s take eating out as an example.  What pictures should I put in my template?

  • Front of the restaurant
  • Seating area
  • Menu
  • Prices
  • Hours of operation
  • Food
  • Anything interesting or unusual

There we go.  I have a template.  Now I just keep a copy of my template in my iPhone and use it as a checklist.  Now with the written list in front of me, I shouldn’t forget to take any of the pictures that I need.

Your readers look at your pictures or visuals as well as your content when visiting your site.  Being prepared with the write visuals will help you with writing blog posts.

Hopefully this tip helped you.  I would love to hear about your blog post writing tips in the comments section below.

Until later, happy blogging!


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