One of my favourite bloggers is Michelle from Mummy from the Heart, a twin mum like me and a Christian who also write a bi monthly round-up called Positively Inspirational for the BritMums blog and we all need a little positivity in our lives every now and then.
Michelle has tagged me in a meme called the blog tour, it’s a pass the parcel blogging affair and the questions in this one made me think quite closely about where I am and where I am going with my blog.
Had I known in January 2010 it would have brought me to the place where I am now, I wouldn’t have believed it, the blogging world has changed enormously as has social media and all the other tools that go with a blog but one thing’s for sure, I am still loving it, even more so these days. I feel I have learnt my lessons – not that you ever stop learning – and have made vast improvements since my early posts.
So here’s my task today..
- Each blogger involved answers 4 questions about how and why they write
- They then pass the baton to another writer, who publishes answers to the same questions the following week, thanking the person who tagged them.
What am I working on?
I’ve recently had a blog makeover which I’m still not 100% convinced with and needs further tinkering but it made me dig deep into the archives and I was pleased to find amongst the trash a lot of good articles. I decided to separate them so it was easier for the reader to delve in. I chose Food, Travel, Family and Lifestyle as my main categories which are further broken down as you go through.
I will definitely be adding to the recipes section and am quite pleased that my Recipe index is looking very healthy indeed. I want to create an online book of all my favourite recipes so I have a huge list I am working my way through. This way all of my children will have access to our family favourites
I will continue to write on travel and the places we visit as it is another passion of mine and I want to write more about Italy and my time there as I managed to see quite a lot. I notice this spilling into our life when it’s time to decide where to book up and also makes me put forward ideas where we haven’t been before so I can write about them, fortunately husband has itchy feet and likes discovery too.
I really want to pick up the camcorder and do more vlogging but fear is holding me back. I want to master this.
I also want to slow down and write less but that never seems to happen as way too many exciting opportunities arrive in my inbox.
I have a dream of writing a book one day …..
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure, there are many, many bloggers who write on the same topics as I do, there are plenty of better food bloggers but I try to offer simple, quick and easy recipes to build a cook’s confidence. There are plenty of great travel bloggers and I watch, learn and listen to them hoping to perfect my travel blogging too. It is a constant moving industry and a lot of fun to be part of.
I write form the heart and hopefully that makes it convincing and interesting.
My Italian connection is important to me as is my family so I guess my continuity is also a bonus for me – four and a half years and counting!
Why do I write what I do?
I write about things I am interested in. When I started I used my blog to offload bad thoughts, bitterness and sadness. It was very cathartic but not very good reading. I moved on to taking part in weekly communal link-ups like photography and writing, good for me but maybe not so much for the reader. Then as I gained confidence I started to include recipes, travel and other bits and bobs I was passionate about. I started to tell stories.
I am still perfecting my craft, there is no end to learning how to write but now I can give all of my attention on material that I’m really excited about, like Camp Bestival for example and the BMWi3 review – that was amazing.
How does my writing process work?
I wish I knew! I have to sit down in front of the laptop and focus on the subject that needs writing about. If I’m not concentrating and my mind wanders, I’ll leave it in drafts and come back to it.
- If I get an idea I write the title and save it in drafts to come back to when I fancy
- I write the bulk of the post not concentrating too much on spelling and grammar as I want the words to flow
- I then go back and re read, correct the spelling, grammar and move things about to keep the flow through my post
- I then search for images and edit them in Picmonkey.
- As a final glance I’ll add the post to a category, give it some tags so anyone searching can find it and sort out some SEO but my skills are limited in that area
- Then I normally schedule the post ahead.
I tend to always have something scheduled and this allows me to step away from the computer and enjoy life but normally I find myself cooking and think – oohh that’ll make a good blog post so I grab my camera and start preparing the next post.