24 January, 2010

Behind the Scenes: A Post in Progress

Screenshot of Geeqie panview
Some nights I take a lot of photos. Click the image above to see the full-resolution screenshot.

I'm in the process of putting together an actual blog post, and figured I'd do a short segment on how "event happens; Omari takes photos" turns into an actual blog post.

First, I sift. I might start with many hundreds of photos, but eventually I usually try to whittle it down to between 5 and 10 that help anchor and illustrate the story I'm trying to convey. Depending on how much I've shot and whether I know what I'm looking for, this can take as little as an hour or as long as a few weeks, off and on.

Once I have the photos picked out, I drop them into my empty blog post template and then start writing. Sometimes the story develops in a direction I didn't predict, and I end up swapping out certain photos for more appropriate ones. Other times, I learn neat tidbits in the research I invariable do as I write; I'll usually drop a link in when there's something interesting or useful at the other end.

All along the way, I edit fastidiously. And when all's said and done, I'll typically have spent somewhere from 4 to 6 hours on writing for each post.

After I hit the orange "Publish Post" button, I send post notifications and then I often go to sleep :o). Ways that you can follow The Doppler Effect include: Well, that's all for now. I'm looking forward to getting this next post done and out the door, and here's hoping for a productive 2010. Cheers :o)

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