Everyone, single file now. (A tour through blogland)

November 12, 2014

I was so excited when Tabitha from A Hundred Tiny Wishes (who is sitting pretty on my sidebar right now!) asked me to participate in the Tour Through Blogland, as I have really enjoyed following many of the other tours. It’s always fun to not only see the space a blogger is working in, but to get caught up on what they’re currently working on and what their blogging process is like. So, here we go! Please keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

What am I working on now? // Currently working on my vlog for Faith’s Golden Vlog Series tomorrow as well as the novel I started writing last summer. Over all, I am still working on bringing myself back up to speed since my Breaktober, with a goal of posting in this space 3-5 times a week and regularly reading all of my favorite blogs!
How does my work differ from others in its genre? // One of the things I love about the blogging world is that you can have a hundred bloggers in the same genre, and yet all of the blogs and posts be completely different – even if the posts are about the exact same thing. We each have our own unique style, voice, opinions and life experiences, which in turn brings a uniqueness to each space. It’s that whole “does an orange taste the same to me as it does to you?” kinda thing. (Am I the only one who often wonders about that??)
Why do I write/create what I do? // I write because it makes me happy. I write because it’s a creative outlet for me (my favorite one) and often times I feel like I can explain myself better in the written word than I can in the spoken word (although I’m a huge fan of talking too). I love that blogging can connect a person with another person on a deeper level even if you’ve never met in real life, and that writing a blog post can be done anywhere, anytime. I feel at my happiest when I’m writing 🙂
How does my writing/creating process work? // While I do write about whatever is on my heart in that moment, I really do have somewhat of a “process” over all. I use my blog planner literally every day, often times scheduling post ideas 2 weeks out and then I’ll actually write the post the day before or a few days before it will post on my blog. (Or, like with this post, the morning of.) 😉 When I write a post, it usually starts out with lots and lots of short paragraphs and random sentences of jumbled thoughts – this is more or less so I can “get it all out” and not forget about what I want to say. After I’ve written it out like this, I’ll go back and cut/paste the sentences and paragraphs back together so that it all makes sense, and then read through it once or twice to check for any spelling/grammatical errors. After the post is written, I will find a graphic or picture(s) to go along with it, link up any past posts referenced, and then schedule the post on social media for the next day (I use Buffer).

I’m afraid I don’t have any pictures of my home office to share with you because right now it’s full of moving boxes. These days, I blog wherever there’s an open space which means either at my desk (which is currently cluttered with papers and packing tape), the couch, in bed, or on my favorite blue chair. SO, since I’m not able to share my current office with you guys, I thought I might share some ideas and inspiration for my future Nashville home office, courtesy of Pinterest of course! 
Your next stop on the tour: CATHERINE SHORT

This lovely gal is also sitting pretty on my sidebar right now, but just happens to be my “real life” friend, too 🙂 I’ll be introducing Catherine later on this month but can tell you that the way we met and how we’re still finding ways to be in the same place at the same time is pretty funny and feels pretty “meant to be.” She’s a wonderful person, inspirational creative, and takes some seriously awesome photos.

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  • Writing is also my favourite creative outlet. And my Blog is my favourite place to be. I also find it easier to express myself in writing than out loud.

  • I love this! I started working on an office, but it has now turned into a storage room I have to work from the dining room table/recliner, or not at all! I hope you'll finish your novel!

  • Great post! I also love how blogging can connect you with so many people you would have never met! Mine blog started out as a "journal" for me. I am a stay at home and needed something to do besides cleaning and changing diapers! 😉

  • Loved your tour (and I listened…hands and feet were kept inside the ride!). I love your Pinspiration photos fro your Nashville office! So pretty! Our processes are the same really….plan post ideas and write just a bit ahead of time. Wednesdays and Sundays are my big blogging days. I try to get ahead so each day I can focus on reading and commenting.

  • Can't wait to see your vlog. I'll be joining in too and everyone will finally get to see how awkward I am hahahaha

  • I love hearing about the writing process of other writers. And I also love your office inspiration!

  • Can't wait to see your vlog! I've got mine all ready as well. 😀 I love seeing other blogger's processes. I absolutely love that there's so many lifestyle blogs out there, but none are alike. Individuality at its best! Can't wait to see your new office!

  • I love that you put your ideas out on "paper" and then put them all together but cutting and pasting! I often think of things and then forget and then get frustrated that I forgot so maybe I'll start doing that as well!

  • I, like sarah like the idea of putting all your ideas on paper so you don't forget because that's my problem…i usually forget. Love that idea!! And I LOVE that you are joining the golden vlog this month! woohoo!

  • Surely we're not alone on that one, Tami! 🙂

  • The recliner isn't always a bad idea 😉 I hope I finish the novel too, Sarah! ha!

  • haha!!

    I love learning about other bloggers' processes – so interesting (and cool!) that you and I have a similar one. I really am so impressed that you get all of your blogging done in two days. Your previous post about your process helped encourage me to keep working ahead… it really does help give that extra time to put towards emails, or just life!

  • Thank you so much for sharing part of your story! It's always interesting to me to learn about other people's starts and processes 🙂 My blog started out as a journal too (although it was private at the time).. pretty cool that an online journal can introduce you to so many amazing people – one of the main reasons I'm glad I "went public"! 🙂

  • Well as of 2p on Wed I still haven't taped the Vlog. gah! I am going to force myself to just do it and do it once, not redo anything (even though I know I'll want to). haha! I cannot WAIT to see yours!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you, Nina! It will be fun to see if that's what my room ends up looking like!

  • oooh! Can't wait for your video! (I can't wait to see my new office too, haha!)

  • There are many nights I wake up and email myself a blog post idea. I have an entire folder in gmail titled "Blog Post Ideas"…. all I need now is more time to write them! 😉

  • So excited for the Vlog, Faith!!! Should be so much fun!

  • Please don't get your hopes too high hahahah

  • I love reading these tours and getting a sneak peek behind the screen 🙂

  • Love this! I think it's so great to see the space behind the writing. And…love Catherine! Can't wait to read her post!

  • Love!! I love hearing about people's process. I would love to know what blog planner you use. I'm trying to find one that works for me and nothing is working. Ah! I hope everything is going well with the packing! Ox

  • Today must be blog tour day! I've only been home from work for a couple hours but I've already read three behind the scenes posts – which is awesome, because I'm apparently super nosy like that and I like to know how other bloggers do their thing.

  • Elizabeth Spenner

    I love this. I especially love what you said about so many bloggers being in the same genre, but that their writing is so very different. I adore these little "peaks" into writers' lives. So fun to read 🙂

  • Yes!! I wonder about whether the way I think something tastes is the same as how other people think something tastes!! Hahahaha. This is a lovely tour, thanks for sharing 🙂 Looking forward to reading Catherine's next!!

  • I really enjoyed this post. I love hearing a bit more about the person behind the blog. You are such a lovely person too.

    And so organized! I've tried using a blog planner before but surprisingly, it was too uniform for me. I'm an incredibly organized and routine person in all areas of my life except for blogging. I think that's because its one of few truly creative outlets in my life and therefore taps into a different side of me. Hard to explain.



  • ashortblonde pressure! 🙂

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  • Me too!! 🙂

  • I can't wait to read hers too!

  • Kenj, I have the Plum Paper planner and LOVE it. It's nice because it's customizable – so for each of the weeks, I have my own columns. (Hard to explain through here but email me if you have any questions) I def plan to keep using Plum Paper.

  • Love it! 🙂 I think we're all super nosy, Kelly. haha!

  • It kinda takes the pressure off, doesn't it?! The thing is, *we* bloggers understand this. The hard part is explaining it to non-bloggers 😉

  • hahaha!!!! This seriously made my day. ha! So glad I'm not the only one!

  • V, your comments always bring a smile to my face! (Thank you)

    I think that's really cool, actually, that your creative outlet (blogging) allows you to be free from the routine & "order" that you find in other areas of your life. I think that's really special, and probably partly what makes it so precious to you!

  • That home office inspiration is stunning!

  • Thank you!! Fingers crossed it actually looks kind of like that when I'm done! 😉

  • Elizabeth Spenner

    Yes, ma'am! Totally. I have a post to share about my struggle with anxiety, and I have yet to press the button, because I am always so nervous to see my coworkers after sharing. Ahhhh! It was the entire reasoning as to why I restarted my blog. Totally true. 🙂

  • Lady, I will be cheering you on the whole way. Those are such scary posts to publish, but often times the ones that give hope and comfort to others experiencing a similar situation – and it can be so healing for the writer to press publish on something like that too. I had a post like that – I was SO scared to share some of these things but the feedback I got from people was amazing. It's how I met a lot of my blogger friends today 🙂

  • Elizabeth Spenner

    Thank you so much…not easy, but I definitely feel the pull to do it. You are wonderful! xo