One of our girls’ very favorite things to do is to watch the outtakes and bloopers from youtube videos (Blimey Cow, anyone?) and movies, and go behind the scenes on what goes into those productions. So, budding out of this love for insights to the “behind the scenes”, we thought, why not share with you all what goes on around here in the production of blog posts, our singing, etc.? We hope you enjoy!
Development & Planning
Before any posts begin production (photo-shoots, editing, writing up), we have a weekly blog meeting on Monday (now you know why no post goes up on that day!) to review what will be going up this week, and plan out the next. This is where post ideas are developed, weather checked for good photo-shoot days, as well as big ideas and productions introduced, like advertising & music videos for our BFS youtube channel.
After the blog meeting, lots and lots of photo-shoots are put into action throughout the week, maybe having two on Mondays, as, like I said before, no posts go up that day. You know Jessica’s Hope Chest series? Well, the view above gives you the perfect picture of our set-up for the shoots for those posts. Nothing at all fancy: unprofessional lighting (get the tutorial here!), an old kitchen table insert, a white plastic table cloth left over from Brigid’s big birthday party, and a lovely, blank wall to shoot against. We make do with what we have 🙂 I have big dreams of large-aperture lenses, professional lighting, and BIG white backdrops… all in good time I suppose…
After the photos are taken, each morning after school, I hunker down in front of the laptop and upload all the photos for that day’s post. After they are uploaded, I call the author of post over, and they select which photos they would like for their article. I then set to work editing, resizing, uploading to flickr, and pasting image codes into the post editor of blogger. After that, the post is ready to be written up; after which task one of us will read through it to make sure no typos have presented themselves (let me tell you, many always do!) The post is then published and sent across the internet on our social medias.
So, that is pretty much what goes on everyday behind the scenes of the blog! Nothing very special, yet I can’t help but realize how much time and heart goes into each and every article these days, as compared to some of our first blog posts. We girls laugh when we look back at the old days of producing the entirety of a post (photo-shoot and all!) in one day!