My Writing Process Blog Tour

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.

Sara Hardman Travels Blog Tour

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.

I was passed the tour invitation by Kat, a writer and photographer who blogs at YourlocalKat. Earlier in the year I passed the Liebster Award to Kat and this is how we became connected as bloggers.

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.

Sara Hardman Travels photo

Meet the next bloggers on the Tour:

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

 

Sara Hardman Travels

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “My Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. Love the idea of taking shorthand in eyeliner! I’m hoping to get my blog started this year but I have so many notes on paper that the idea of transcribing it all is really off-putting.

    1. I can totally sympathise with that! For the two years that I was backpacking I was handwriting in a journal and it seemed like a big job to extract the information I needed but it was actually really fun to sit down and go through all the memories again.
      When you get your blog started, please send me the link so I can follow 🙂

  2. Hi Sarah
    Love the sound of all these tours and awards. Would be great to have some place for bloggers to meet up but I guess that’s the problem with us all being spread all over the world, it would get pretty expensive!
    Meant to say, really like your post on the cruise and the photos. I’m still working on getting a job in a cruise ship spa 🙂

    1. Hello
      It would be lovely to get to meet bloggers more easily, I have often thought about going to some of the events like TBEX but it’s so hard to find the time and fit it in with work and other travel.
      Good luck on the cruise, sounds like a great idea.

  3. I admire your ability to write ‘live’ – I feel I have to sit down and focus on my writing, so I never make the time! Maybe I’ll carry some paper and an eyeliner with me 😉 Point 2 is great too as I much prefer to read someone’s story than facts about a place I may never get to see x

    1. Eyeliner is definitely the way forward 😉
      I know what you mean about finding the time, it’s difficult when you’ve got a full-time job and lots of commitments. I liked your post about the Oakley Court, I stayed there last year and loved it x

    1. It is very useful when you want to get lots of information down quickly. I think spending those years as a journalist is why I like to write stories rather than guides.
      You must have to be very disciplined in your blogging because you visit so many places and have so many experiences to post about.

      1. I do indeed. I probably only write 2/3s of the thoughts (blogging related) that come into my head. Very time intensive though.

        I’m happy that I’ve kept a consistent posting schedule so far but that is only because I’ve tried to keep it realistic.

      2. Well it’s definitely working! You’re very lucky to be able to combine travel and work, that’s still my dream 🙂

  4. Sara, your writing “process” is pretty amazing. I have to say I would never think of writing with eyeliner, however, I don’t wear it either, but still! That’s a hilarious picture in my head now. 🙂

    1. Thank you. I know, as far as resources go, it’s typically ludicrous but thankfully it did actually have the desired effect – albeit using about ten times the amount of paper! 🙂

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