For most of this year I’ve been publishing every 36 hours, which has meant around 90 new posts to date in 2019.
It’s a rate and habit I’m pretty comfortable with.
At the core of being able to publish with this consistency, I believe there are two key elements.
1. Finding a regular routine
I don’t sit down precisely every 36 hours and write a new post. Generally I have perhaps a dozen ongoing at once, and have a few sessions a week where I finish off a few posts and start a few new ones.
Using the WordPress post scheduling feature evens out the peaks and troughs and means you see a new post every 36 hours.
Because I, like you, need to be flexible and fit everything (and everyone) else in my life too.
2. Having enough ideas to write about
I’ve always had plenty of ideas, which I put down to a simple technique I began using decades ago as a teenager writing songs and poems. Capture ideas as they come.
Whether on a scrap of paper (I frequently scribbled on used till receipts in between customers when I worked in shops), a note book, a phone app, whatever works best for you, just get that idea saved when it comes.
Even if you’re positive you’ll remember it later when you next sit down to write, you almost certainly won’t! Write it down.
This is why I currently have 120 posts in draft form and never worry about what to write next.
Some bloggers are more prolific and post every day or more (like Seth), but most might only publish once a week, once a month, or less.
Finding a regular routine part is for you to work out. You know what times you have available to write and publish, and I’m sure can also identify a few activities you do now that aren’t all that meaningful or inspiring (TV, phone apps/games, social media) that could be dropped to make more time for your blog.
For the rest of this post I’m going to focus on the second factor above, and brainstorm some ideas on what, as a photography blogger, you could write about in the coming weeks and months.
- What’s your favourite camera currently, and why?
- What was your favourite camera one, three, five, 10 years ago, and how is it different to what you like most now?
- Why do you make photographs?
- If you were asked by an absolute beginner for your best single piece of advice on photography, what would you say?
- How often do you photograph, and how many images do you typically make per session?
- Which are your favourite subjects to photograph? (How) Does this change depending on season/mood/equipment?
- What’s the last photograph you made that you were delighted with?
- How many photographs a year do you hope to be happy with?
- Which is your preferred focal length? (How) Does this change with shooting different cameras and subjects?
- What are the three best aspects of black and white photography compared with colour photography?
- What are the three best aspects of colour photography compared with black and white photography?
- How close do you like to photograph?
- Do you prefer shallow or deep depth of field? (How) Does this change depending on subject/season/climate?
- What do you enjoy most about photography blogging?
- What do you find most challenging about photography blogging?
- Which photography blogs inspire you most?
- Which photographers inspire you?
- If money was no object, which camera would you buy?
- If you only had £25, which camera would you buy?
- How often do you publish new posts? Is this a schedule you’re happy with?
- How has your photography simplified in the last year?
- How was your photography become more complex in the last year?
- How do you share your photography?
- How do you support other photography bloggers?
- Which sites online help support your photography?
- When did you make your first photograph?
- Who first introduced you to photography?
- Which camera did you always want when you first discovered photography?
- How was photography improved your life?
- How has photography improved your health (mental, emotional, physical)?
- Have you tried photography fasting? If so, what happened? If not, would you be willing to try for a week, a fortnight, a month?
- What would you say are the basics you need to know about aperture?
- What would you say are the basics you need to know about shutter speed?
- How much do you think about aspect ratio with your photography?
- What’s missing from your photography life?
- What are your experiences with street photography?
- What are your experiences with nature photography?
- What are your experiences with portrait or people photography?
- What are your experiences with night photography?
- What does your ideal photo walk or session look like? How can you embark on these more often?
- How many images do you keep out of every 100 you make?
- What’s your process for editing and deleting photographs?
- How do you back up your photographs?
- Have you ever lost photographs from a hardware failure? How did you feel? What did you learn?
- Do you make prints of your photographs? If so, how? If not, why not?
- How many photography books do you own?
- How often do you read photography books?
- Have you ever made your own photography book?
- What do you take with you on a photo walk/session?
- Are you happy with how much you take with you on a photo walk/ session? If not, how could you reduce it?
- What has helped make blogging easier for you?
- Which non-photography blogs inspire you, and you’d recommend?
- What’s the best piece of photography kit you’ve ever bought?
- What’s the worst piece of photography kit you’ve ever bought?
- What’s the most disappointing piece of photography kit you’ve ever bought?
- How could you publish a new blog post every day?
- How would your blog posts be different if you could only post once a month?
The above list was pretty much a stream of consciousness.
I didn’t reorder it afterwards, so you can see how my mind was evolving and creating offshoot ideas as I went.
This is another huge benefit to capturing your ideas – the more ideas you have, the more ideas you have.
I stopped the list at the rather arbitrary number 57, just because that was what I wrote in my title. I could have gone on to 67, 77, 107 or more.
So I hope this posts not only illustrates how you can come up with more ideas to write about on your photography blog, but gives you some direct ideas too. Feel free to use any or all of them as you wish. I know I will in the coming weeks and months!
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