Lorenn at Lovely and Cozy was sweet enough to ask me to take my readers on a blog tour! (Thank you, Lor!)
It’s called The Blog Tour Award and I have to pick at least four people to do it, too. But first, my responses to these prompts:
1. How does your blog differ from others in your genre?
I’m not even sure what my genre is! When I first started this blog I wanted it to be sort of like a newspaper column. I think it differs from other blogs in that I try to look at larger or deeper issues, or make connections between various incidents or thoughts to form a conclusion.
I guess that’s a complicated way of saying that I don’t really like to write weekend recaps, vacation descriptions, and so on. Even though I enjoy reading other people’s day-to-day type posts, it would take a lot of effort to make mine compelling since I hardly ever leave my house.
So, since my daily life is not all that inspiring, I try to come up with more substantive topics instead. I have a list of topics I want to write about so I’ve keep checking those off as I go along. Sometimes, though, something will happen that’s blogworthy. I just try to keep it interesting not only to read, but also to write.
2. How does your writing/creative process work?
I don’t like to post something just to post it, so it could be a week or two before I come up with something interesting enough to write about. First I write it in my head over the course of at least day, usually more. This involves first mulling it over and then actually writing the post mentally, sentence by sentence, before I sit down to write. It at least gives me a framework to start with, and I tend to do this as I’m falling asleep or maybe while walking Sassy.
Then when I sit down to write, it can take a day or two before I finish it — I tend to write here while I’m doing other stuff so I shift back and forth. Then once I’m done writing, I add photos (all of the photos in my blog are ones I take myself) then make sure the SEO is in place. For that, I often have to rewrite some stuff or just add in words here and there to make it more SEO friendly. I proofread it a bunch of times, rewrite and revise here and there, and proofread again. I put myself though this long, annoying process so you can probably understand why it takes me a day or two to finish one post!
3. Why do you write or create what you do?
I’m trying to write a blog that I would like to read, and hopefully others will enjoy it too. I’ve been keeping track of my life in this way since I was 10, when I received a Snoopy diary with a lock as a gift. Over the years, I’ve filled a dozen or more blank books, and I also had a blog way back when, before they were even called blogs. I started my “online diary” on Diaryland back in 2002. It was locked and private and very personal, and only a few people had access to it. I had to stop writing there in 2012 because the wrong person gained access to it. It was actually someone I was in a legal dispute with, and they tried to use some information against me. So stupid. It was disorienting be forced to move away from a platform I’d used for 10 years, but WordPress is a much better spot, so all is well that ends well.
I briefly went to Blogger, then took a blogging break, then I started this WordPress one about six months ago, making it completely public. (I registered the domain and began self-hosting not too long after I started it.) In a creepy twist, the person who caused me to abandon my Diaryland blog now reads this one — I can tell from the stats. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that at first, but now I feel flattered that she continues to be so interested in me and my life! Anyway, because of that, I don’t share anything private here. That situation caused me to step beyond the approach I had been taking (long, personal, confessional posts) and into the approach I’m taking now.
4. What are you working on at the moment?
Other than writing this post, right? Ha ha. Well, I have another post I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks or months that I’ll try to tackle this week. It’s about where we should draw the line when looking at our ancestry. For example, if you’ve been told your whole life you’re one nationality, but then you do some research and find out you’re actually from somewhere else, would you still call yourself the first thing? I think it’s an interesting question and when I write it I hope to get some feedback on what others think about this issue!
Okay, so here are the bloggers I nominate to participate in this blog tour! If you don’t read these blogs yet, you should because these women are great writers and they often give me stuff to think about, or make me laugh, or make me cry, or all of the above. Here they are:
- Karen Fill Your Own Glass
- Jen Journalist Jen
- Amanda Take Your Pic
- Meg The Young and Retired
- Dawn Saul Good and Co.
- Renee Simpson Is My Name
But really, if you read this and want to answer these questions in your own blog, please do so. I’m really interested others’ writing/blogging process. And if I nominated you and you don’t feel like participating, that’s okay!
Here are the guidelines:
- Pass the tour on to at least four other bloggers.
- Give your nominees the rules and specify the Monday in which they should post their nomination answers.
- Answer the four questions about your creative processes, which allows other bloggers and visitors to understand what inspires you to do what you do.
- Compose this one-time post on a specific Monday (date TBC by your nominator)
If you wish to participate, share your blog tour on Monday, June 22 (or whenever you get around to writing it.)