Behind the Magic

There is an incredibly intricate little process that goes alongside crafting these little witterings you know? They’re not just yanked out of thin air – as hard as that might be to believe. In 18 months of having this weird little corner of the web I’ve perfected my creative space, optimised for productivity.

Blogging Process

Pseudo rat tail entirely optional. Stripes essential

It all starts with a set up much like that above. You’ll note the tri-screen action which is absolutely essential to my process. iPhone to hand for those little procrastinating games of Two Dots (thank Christ that they provide only five free lives at a time). Laptop ready to catch the two minutes of glorious inspiration whenever it rears its head. iPad for the gentle background noise of a crappy 80s Netflix thriller. Or as this photo suggests the 12th episode of Person of Interest of the day. The part-complete crochet in front of me is for when Two Dots just doesn’t provide a sufficient level of distraction.

The observant amongst you might have clocked the empty mug by my side. It’s a slow and tortuous journey to a finished blog post. The P stands for something other than Pete. To buy a mug with my dogs’ initial on would be insane no…?

I’m always accompanied by a spaniel. Perma-Pete we call him.

The actual crafting of a post goes something like this:

Log into WordPress (also log into Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin and Sainsbury’s).
Type a sentence.
Add some food to my shopping basket.
Delete aforementioned sentence.
Play with spaniel.
Put kettle on.
Read blog posts.
Re-type original sentence. Exactly. As. Was.
Check shopping basket. Decide a meal plan is essential.
Write up meal plan.
Crochet a little.
Play with spaniel.
Update shopping basket.
Decide my OCD won’t permit me to stop in the middle of a row.
Hand cramp. Play Two Dots.
Google hand cramp as a symptom for something terminal.
Delete first sentence. Re-type with one word changed.
Facebook stalk someone. Anyone.
Consider jacking it all in.
Have a burst of energy in which I write an entire blog post in 15 minutes.
Play with spaniel.

Do you have a process? Tell me all about it.
This post is not sponsored by Netflix, Two Dots or spaniels.

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  • Looove this!! I’m more of a inspiration strikes and I have to wait for the laptop to whir into life sort of person, and I have taken to carrying a little notebook so I can jot down ideas, have to agree on the phone games and animal distractions though, they are a must!! 😀 xx

  • So funny, `I’m constantly distracted by twitter / Facebook / insta whiling trying to write a blog post!

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • My process doesn’t even have a specific start point. I can’t get inspired sat staring at my laptop – my post inspiration comes before I even sit down! Then I write something a four year old child would be ashamed of and leave it to sit in my drafts for a week before I can be bothered to re-write it.

  • Mine is basically identical, just swap dog for cat and Sainsbury’s for Boots!! I love this post, it makes me feel less alone in my procrastination!! xx

  • Hahaha – this is hilarious 🙂 I love that your dog sits patiently by your side as you write. My puppy just climbs on top of me and licks the laptop until I’m forced to stop haha x

    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

  • reneejessome

    haha loved this. I usually need to have an idea of what I want to write before even sitting down, otherwise I’m just left sitting here for ages with nothing.

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Kerri

    Haha! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about adult life it’s that meal plans are essential.

  • OBSESSED WITH TWO DOTS. What level are you on??? xxx

  • Cat

    Hehe I had to delete Two Dots from my phone… It was not healthy.

  • This post is not sponsored by Netflix, Two Dots or spaniels – liar!!

    Jokes. You do make me laugh and your setup looks much the same as mine. I am not going to look up Two Dots, flipping Disney TsumTsum is bad enough for me. I don’t even know what I’m aiming for, just floundering around in Disney bubble bobble land….

  • Notebooks are brilliant but I’m even crap at that – I have about a million and never remember what I’ve written where. In fact that’s another fantastic bit of procrastination, hunting for the notes I studiously made somewhere. Sigh.
    M x

  • Blogger woes eh? They’re always open, always there, tempting. Luring you in.
    Looks like you had THE BEST time in S.A by the way, I have some serious catching up to do.
    M x

  • That is an excellent point – I should sit down with something already in mind rather than sitting there waiting for it to hit me. But the re-writing is a necessity.
    M x

  • Haha, I feel I suggest this a lot but….support group? We could drink wine and procrastinate some more.
    M x

  • He really does bless him, waiting for the millisecond gap during which he can hop across onto my lap and sit right in the way.
    M x

  • I really should be trying to do it that way round – instead I sit down when I feel i should be writing something which feels like a naff place to be creative from!
    M x

  • Damn straight they are. You know when they’re most essential? When you’re slap bang in the middle of all other things. That’s when.
    M x

  • I’m almost ashamed to say…*cough* 208 *cough*
    And you?
    M x

  • It’s satans’ own distraction technique.
    M x

  • Your bullshit detector is effective – I was sponsored by all three to sit there doing bugger all.
    Must not look up Disney TsumTsum. But the name is so intriguing…
    M x

  • Sounds perfect to me… I need a support group 🙂

  • Wow haha!!! 145 at the moment 😀 xx

  • 185 is a real bugger. So much so that I loudly cheered and air punched when I got it and the husband replied ‘finally completed that one huh?’ THATS how into that game I am.
    M x

  • HA. Great. Fantastic. I’m so looking forward to it…

  • Kezzie

    Ha ha!!!! You Arrrr hilarious!!! I know the blog post procrastinating well z

  • Lisa and Stella

    Those bursts of energy are worth all the procrastination aren’t they? Loving Perma-Pete having his own mug!! I try not to have the distraction of the iphone or ipad near the laptop, I get enough distraction from having Pinterest, Bloglovin, Facebook, and Ebay all open at the same time 😉 xox

  • Kelly Michelle

    Haha your process is very similar to mine, I get distracted normally by cake or tea or twitter and especially instagram hehe x

  • Katie

    Bloody hell have I missed you. I’ve just started catching up with THREE MONTHS of internet. It’s already off to a brilliant start (right here. Naturally).

    My process goes something like:
    – write entire post in 20 minutes.

    – go back and edit. Mostly for grammar. Partly to check I’ve used the words “lovely”, “awesome” and “amazeballs” at least three times apiece.
    – Add more shouty words.
    – Spend two hours editing photos.
    – Accept fact photos still look like they were taken by a drunk child.
    – Tag post with “cake”, “craft” and “dinosaurs”.
    – Wonder why I bothered creating a tag library in the first place.

    *MWAH* xxx