One of the really great things about being a blogger is the community that you become part of. Building relationships with other writers all over the world is a really fun part of establishing your blog and finding out about emerging writers and bloggers.
This week I was offered the chance to join the Writing Process Blog Tour. It’s a blog-hopping tour that gives bloggers the opportunity to share how and why they blog.
Here’s how it works:
Each person joining the tour must answer the four questions, below and then pass the tour on to two or three other bloggers to keep the tour blog-hopping.
1) What am I working on?
My current focus is blogging my travel experiences and having fun doing it. I write because I love it and it’s important to me that I don’t ever get so wrapped up in publishing content that I’m no longer taking time to enjoy the writing process.
I want to make sure that I am always writing for pleasure and not falling into the trap of posting for the sake of it or throwing out random content to increase SEO. I believe that quality of the content is more important than posting frequently.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My writing style is very much story-telling. A lot of travel blogs focus on being a reference guide. My posts rarely contain advice or tips, for me it’s about the human story of the adventure. I want my writing to transport you to a place, for you to experience it as I did. I don’t want to tell you the bus timetable and the museum opening times and prices, I want to share the journey as a short story for readers to either identify with or hope to experience for themselves.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I love to write. I’ve never been much of a talker but I have been writing continuously since I was a small child. I used to write poetry and lyrics and short stories and when I graduated I became a newspaper journalist. I love the experience of a creating a story; finding what interests people and presenting it in a way that makes them want to read-on and to keep coming back. Having a successful blog is great fun and I take a lot of pleasure in seeing spikes in web traffic when I post or when my story is picked up by a travel company or a hotel. I will always write; what I write depends on my mood, it’s almost therapeutic.
4) How does your writing process work?
I write all the time, wherever I am. If I have no paper I write notes on my phone or on whatever I can find in my handbag. If I think of something I like to commit it to paper as soon as I can. I was once in a press conference and both my pens ran out of ink – I had to take 100wmp shorthand in eyeliner!
Personally, “Writing Process” is slightly optimistic, I’m more haphazard than ‘process’ implies.
I don’t sit down and dedicate time to blog. I write ‘live’ and on the move when a memory or an idea comes to mind. The one thing I try to do is complete the entire post in one sitting. Once I’ve started I like to finish.
I am passing the invite on to Lucy who has a lifestyle blog at Absolutely Lucy.
I am also going to pass the Tour to Tricia who writes as The Traveling Journo
And Anna who blogs about travel and lifestyle at Blogged by Anna