Guess who only found out last week that there is this thing called a ‘blog hop’? This guy!
Once it was explained to me, I grabbed the opportunity to participate in my very first ‘blog hop’ with both hands.
A blog hop, as I understand it, is where a blogger answers a set of questions, then tags a couple more bloggers to do the same. Those bloggers answer the same set of questions, tag some bloggers themselves and so on and so forth…. It is a lovely way to be able to visit and become better acquainted with bloggers you may not have come across before.
Josefa from Always Josefa began this particular blog hop themed: Why Do I Write? (her post has links to all the participants in this hop!)
I was tagged by my friend Nadia who pens thoughtful and wise parenting posts as she raises two young kiddos on a lush green property just out of Canberra. Nadia also chronicles her family’s move to sustainable living. Visit her brilliant blog City Mum ~ Rural Life
Ok- So without further ado, let me address the 4 questions raised in Why Do I Write?
How does your writing differ from others in your genre?
Having only recently getting back in the blogging saddle, I haven’t read enough other bloggers in my genre to know if my writing is particularly different to them. At present I am still establishing my own style and pace of blogging. Here is what I do know:
I certainly will not claim to be an authority on shoestring travel or how to save money for travel; the tips I give are the things that work for me. Often my knowledge is going to be unfolding pretty much moment by moment as I blog.
I will be sharing my wins so others can benefit from them and will also blog the mistakes I make so others can learn from them and hopefully avoid my pain.
We will laugh: There isn’t enough time to waste taking life too seriously. Even after a debacle, give me 5 minutes and I will probably be able to muster a chuckle and at the very least admit it is BLOGWORTHY.
What is your writing process?
I tend to type any ideas, thoughts or inspiration into my iPhone notes. As I am taking part in an event, I jot down notes to help me remember little details, Then when I can find the time (often when I am sitting in the car waiting to pick up the kids) I flesh the bare bones out a little.
I email these notes to myself, transfer them to a word document and then do a final edit there. Not too complicated.
That being said: Having spent 5 years solely using the computer for photo editing I have become used to multi-tasking. I was able watch a DVD in a small corner of the screen as I edited. I really enjoyed that. But I can’t actually concentrate on writing a blog post while I watch a DVD, so I am having to become accustomed only doing one thing at a time. *grumble*
Why do you write?
Writing for pleasure has been part of who I am for as far back as my memory extends. I spent my first 18 years in East Africa with no technology whatsover, not even TV. Writing stories was a form of entertainment for me, my sister and our neighbourhood playmates.
I have had 3 blogs over the past 12 years, each probably explain a little of why I write.
Blog 1-writing to connect:
I originally started my first blog about 12 years ago when my sister began blogging to keep our extended family updated with her everyday life. I was home full-time with 3 young children and found that blogging and connecting with other bloggers was not only a great outlet for me creatively but also a support network. To my surprise, I built some close friendships with other bloggers. In fact I met up with some of them in the US a couple of years ago. Those visits were one of the highlights of the trip and confirmed our lifelong friendships.
Blog 2 Writing to share experiences:
6 years ago when we moved to the big lights and bright city of Canberra- I KNEW I had it in me to be a food blogger. How hard could eating, writing about and taking photos of decadent food actually be? Seriously? It was going to be amazing! Um, and EXPENSIVE….. I hadn’t factored that part into the equation. As I had also just begun saving for a family trip to the US, with a bread-and-water budget implemented; that food blog was doomed from day dot. I had quite a long break from blogging then. I struggled with blogger-guilt. Seeing others around me doing valuable, tangible stuff with their time and resources- and then there was me in contrast – the introverted, selfish blogger typing away at the computer. Can you tell that feeling guilty is something I have always excelled at? I am often seen wallowing in great muddy rolls of it at all hours.
Blog 3 Writing to share my passion and experiences:
Enter Visit Canberra’s Human Brochure campaign this year. We were being exposed to so many unique experiences and eating that food I had wanted to blog about for free. It would have been criminal not to blog about it. This time I have sat down and really worked out what my niche, my comfort zone is; what is going to keep me writing and what content is a natural fit for me.
What am I working on: Here are 3 things that occupy my downtime, once the kids have toddled off to bed
Thing 1: Foremost in my mind is planning a trip to Europe next June. This will be Europe on a literal shoestring. I have worked out that it is possible to stay free in nearly every location we are visiting. (more on that in a related blog post soon) Getting cheap car hire and the very cheapest arifares is my next big hurdle to tackle.
Thing 2: I am at present sourcing free (and nearly free) adventures to be had in Canberra. My chief fellow-adventurer, the 9 yr old and sometimes the less-enthusiastic-adventurer, the 15 yr old are planning to have one adventure per weekend.
Thing 3: Learning about photography and the editing process has loomed large in my life for about 6 years. I want to keep my oar in with it as much as I can. At the moment I am dabbling in landscape photography.
3 Blog posts I am working on:
Post 1: 12 locations to get those postcard-quality images of Canberra
Post 2: 5 ways to get the most out of your Disney experience for a fraction of the advertised price
Post 3: A series really based on the savings I am making in each of the countries we will visit in Europe.
Now as this is a blog hop, I am sending you on to visit 2 of my fabulous blogging friends who are also part of the Human Brochure campaign. Pop over to Trevor at Amy and Trevor’s blog. Trevor, like me, started blogging to keep overseas family updated with their activities. His enthusiasm to experience as much of Canberra and its surrounds with his family is infectious. He knows pretty much everything that is coming up for families in Canberra months in advance!
And please stop in to Capital Yarns by Sean. Sean’s unique tagline is: ‘give me 3 items and I will write you a bespoke yarn featuring all 3 set in Canberra’. Drop by and give him a challenge. 🙂 I reckon his kids are so lucky to have a Dad that can make up amazing bedtime stories like that!
Over and out!0