52 Week Blog Challenge Week 2-Behind the Scenes


Happy Sunday Y’all!!! Welcome to the second week of the 52 Week Blog Challenge. Catch up on Week 1 here Today is all about seeing what goes on behind the scenes of Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas.

Being a blogger has a lot of perks. One of the great things about blogging is that you can blog from just about anywhere. I typically blog at home or while I’m at work. But I really love being able to blog on my couch in my pj’s while relaxing.

That may make blogging seem really easy; however there is a lot more to blogging then just writing down words. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. I promise you it’s not as easy as what it seems (I learned that the hard way).  So here is a look at what really goes on behind the scenes.

Planning what I am going to post. Before I start typing away crazily at the keyboard about what I want t post, I have to figure out what I want to blog about. My posts range from blogging tips, beauty, fashion and everything in between. This is why I always keep my planner handy because I never know when I am going to get inspiration for a post. Having a planner also keeps me more organized. Without it I’d be a blogging hot mess.

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Once I have everything planned out for what I want to blog about, I get my computer ready and start typing away.


Along with writing what I want to say in my posts, there are also pictures to go with those words. I love playing around with the different backgrounds I am going to take my pictures on. My favorite is using a plain white poster board for my back grounds. It’s simple and effective (at least for me it is). Once I have my background picked out I start laying out what I want to take photo’s of (picture below is an old). Once I have everything laid out how I like it, I start taking the photos. Of course there are times when the lighting of my photos aren’t bright enough, or I want to add a certain effect to them, so I begin to edit them.After the photo’s are edited I add them to my post and then push publish.

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I hope you enjoyed getting to see a little bit of the behind the scenes action of the blog today. Do you have any thing special that you do behind the scenes for your blog? Hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend!

Welcome to STH! I'm Mistle, a Texas based beauty and life style blogger. I'm a makeup enthusiast, who loves true crime tv and a good glass of moscato. I'm a wife and dog mom, who loves sharing my latest beauty finds and snippets of my life. Thanks for stopping by!




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  1. Jenn wrote:

    A beautiful post, I love the pictures, seems warm and cozy

    Posted 1.17.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Jen!

      Posted 1.18.16
  2. Christina wrote:

    I really need a planner to help me figure out what I want to post! It seems like every blogger has one but me lol!


    Posted 1.17.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Christina having a planner makes blogging so much easier. It’s a must for me. Def look into getting one! I promise it helps so much!

      Posted 1.18.16
  3. Leslie wrote:

    This is a fun post. I need to get a camera and start taking cool photos. I’ve only got my phone right now. I need to get into a routine like this. I basicly use my phone for everything. I need to brush the dust off my laptop.

    Posted 1.17.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Leslie, when I first started blogging I used my iphone and I can’t say my photos were amazing. I have slowly but surely improved my photographer skills. I have blogged before using my phone and it just aggravated me,so I have to use my computer. It works much better with my patience. 🙂

      Posted 1.18.16
  4. Julia wrote:

    I love the 52 week blog challenge- it’s awesome to get to know bloggers like you better and get a sneak peak of the “behind the scenes” of your blog! I also love playing around with certain backgrounds for my photos however I always seem to come back to the plain and simple white!

    Posted 1.18.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Julia the 52 week challenge is so much fun! I wasn’t really sure what to write for this blog post because I don’t really do anything overly interesting behind the scenes for my blog but it always fun to share with others. I also go back to the plain and simple white background. 🙂

      Posted 1.18.16
  5. Trish wrote:

    I enjoyed reading this. Your posts are always very well thought out, and I’m not surprised that you spend a lot of time planning!

    Posted 1.18.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Trish! I try to have my posts thought out as much as possible. I don’t really like to throw things together when it comes to blogging. 🙂

      Posted 1.18.16
  6. Cara wrote:

    I really like using white poster board for backgrounds as well. I think with makeup items it really helps bring attention to the products. Great post!

    Posted 1.18.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Cara I agree using a white poster board helps bring attention to the products better. I love though when I am able to take the photos outside in natural light because it looks even that much better.

      Posted 1.18.16
  7. i always love these BTS posts so i can pick up tips and what not! thanks for giving us a peek into yours!

    Posted 1.18.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Elle. They are so much fun to do and be able to see how other bloggers create content for their blogs. 🙂

      Posted 1.18.16
  8. Kylie wrote:

    This is so true of the work that goes into a post! I don’t think anyone besides bloggers have any idea how much we put into each individual post, not to mention all of the marketing that goes into each one. Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. So many places to post and repost on.

    Posted 1.19.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I agree Kylie! Blogging is not easy. I remember before I started blogging myself I thought it was so easy. There is so much that goes into blogging.

      Posted 1.20.16
  9. Jenny wrote:

    I feel like having a plain white background is key and something we don’t always have handy.
    Using a paperboard background is so smart.

    xoxo, Jenny

    Posted 1.19.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I agree Jenny it’s really important to have a plain white background. It makes taking photo’s on a little bit easier.

      Posted 1.20.16
  10. Annie wrote:

    I love seeing behind the scenes of different blogs!

    Posted 1.20.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I agree Annie it is a lot of fun to see other people’s blogging process. Everyone has different ways of how they blog.

      Posted 1.20.16
  11. Rebekah wrote:

    Where did you get your planner? I love the divided sections! Using a white poster board has really helped me up my photo game too! I love that it’s such a simple way to make your photos look so much better!

    Posted 1.20.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Rebekah I got it from Erin Condren. You can click on this link to check it out. http://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/mistlepetrey0525 It is one of my favorite planners that I”ve ever owned. It keeps me really organized, which is what I need most days. I remember when I first started blogging, I always wondered how bloggers got perfect white backgrounds and I finally learned that it was just a plain white posterboard,etc. I never would have thought of that.

      Posted 1.20.16
  12. Shann Eva wrote:

    I love this challenge. I think I should have joined in, but now I’m pretty far behind. Anyways, it’s cool to see what other bloggers do behind the scenes too. Photography is hard for me, but I’m working on it. You do an awesome job!

    Posted 1.20.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Shann I’m a little behind as well. I did week 1 and week 2 in the same week. Oh well. 🙂 I agree that it’s really neat to see what other bloggers do to get their posts ready,etc. I’m glad you think my photographic skills are good. I have a lot of room for improvement. It’s one of my goals that I hope to accomplish this year.

      Posted 1.20.16
  13. Amanda wrote:

    Great photography! I love behind-the-scene photos. Thanks for sharing.
    – Amanda Shuman | http://www.carrylovedesigns.com/blog

    Posted 1.25.16
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Amanda! Photography is something I am trying to work on getting better at. 🙂

      Posted 1.25.16
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