Firstly, I was super excited to be asked by a fellow blogger, Heike Herrling…..but it tasted good to join her in this new age “chain letter” style of blogging, answering some questions as to why bloggers write? She wrote a fabulous blog about why she writes then recommended me to do the same. I then will recommend some of my loved blogs which will in turn write while they reflect and then recommend some of their favourite blogs. Get the drift? I was excited as I needed to ask myself a few of these questions, which will hopefully make me think about where I want my blog to go. So, here goes.
What Am I Currently Working On?
Like many bloggers, I have a lot of ‘draft’ blogs that need to be finalised and published. I draw my ideas from challenges I face in travelling around Australia with my husband Corey, and our five year old, Zac. I write about travelling, about totally random things that pop inside my head at the time. Sometimes, it’s just having a glass of wine and seeing what happens when my fingers touch the keyboard. I guess my overall plan is to promote The Blonde Nomad brand. To get the word out there and inspire people to live their lives. Time is a precious gift, it doesn’t renew, it doesn’t stop, we need to use our time effectively to ensure that our life doesn’t pass too quickly with regrets.
How Does My Writing Differ From Others In My Genre? Why Do I Write What I Do?
Right, so I have totally merged these two questions because for me, they totally are dependant on each other.
I ‘speak-write’. It’s a term I made up myself just now, to give an idea as to how I write. I write as if you were sitting right beside me having a conversation and me telling you my stories and challenges. While we are travelling, it’s hard being away from family and friends, I guess this is my outlet of pretending that I’m sitting with one of my confidante’s and having a laugh, a whinge, a vent, a conversation about what is happening in my life, think of it as my ten minute time out. I’m known for saying it like it is, I don’t do a compliment sandwich. If you have read some of my other blogs, I am not afraid to say that at times, this ‘living the dream’ scenario can be scary, yes I do fight with my husband, yes I get tired of being a parent to a demanding five year old. Just like everyone else out there. I will never pretend to be the happy rosy family without hiccups, and that’s why I write the way I do. Whatever pops into my mind, is automatically written. I’ve studied, I’ve written essays and fairly extensive projects for university, but my blog writing is relaxed, therefore I ‘speak-write’.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I’m not very methodical when it comes to blogging, and maybe I need to be moreso. Perhaps I need to plan out my blogs. I do however have a dream book, which allows me to write down ideas for blogs, things that have happened that I will then transform into writing. I do think about what things people might like to read about, and start from there. If we meet people on the road and they ask a particular question, then I sometimes use that for inspiration that perhaps other people would like that question answered.
I draft blogs, like I said I have lots in the wings. For some of the blogs I need to read them and re-read them to see if I am prepared to actually “publish” them, but for others I just “add post” then write write write until I have reached my imaginary word limit. I’m new to the Blogosphere, so if I sound like I am all over the place, it probably means that I am. I have gone from being the most organised person, worker, mother, wife, to now being the most relaxed I’ve ever been. Thanks to our change of lifestyle. This is a medium I use for fun, for engagement, and to connect with like minded people, so there is never pressure for me to have to write, I write when I want to. I totally LOVE it. Hopefully someday, I can use this as a means of income, maybe, maybe I’m dreaming, but sometimes I put a goal out there as something to work towards!
Blogs To Watch
I am a huge Facebook and Instagram fan. That is where I submit little stories, and of course a gazillion photos of things that happen in our everyday life. My first favourite blog is the FatMumSlim blog. Chantelle started blogging a long time ago, and created an awesome photo a day challenge. Her Blog is inspiring as she has worked hard in creating it as a business and has now brought out her own iPhone app. I connected with Heike (blogger who recommended me) using these Facebook and Instagram outlets, and even though we have never met personally, she inspires me in ways she would never imagine. Her images, her writing style, her stories, and mostly her encouragement to me, makes her an outstanding blogger for me, and sometimes I even silently dedicate a new blog to her, knowing that her passion for blogging and for life, inspires me to pull out the laptop and write for myself.
As I am new to the BLOGosphere, I managed to get two of my other favourites to be part of this wonderful blogging experience, Why Do I Write? So watch out next week for their blogs about where they draw their inspiration from!
I found Mandy via Facebook and her fabulous ‘TAWKers page’. Mandy used to live a 5 star lifestyle in England co-ordinating Motor Racing and travelling Europe. She then met an Aussie, married him and moved to Australia. Three children later and the 5 star lifestyle out of the question and camping suggested – to which she reluctantly agree, SHE LOVED IT! It led to a two year trip travelling the country and her life was forever changed. Mandy still yearns for it now and lives vicariously through her TAWKers, through her blog and Facebook page she now supports and provides a great medium for other families currently travelling or those who wish to, Travel Australia With Kids. Other follows offer great advice and it’s nice to be able to contribute by offering my own experiences to other families travelling.
Through Facebook again, I got in contact with Fabi, who was on the countdown in departing for a two year trip around OZ with husband Warrick and beautiful girls Charlotte and Celeste. Fabi moved to Australia from Switzerland in 2005, her love for Australia was ignited from a family holiday to our great country when she was 10. They share the most beautiful photos, Warrick has a drone and takes the most wonderful aerial shots. Their love of stand up paddle boarding makes me want to give it a go. They are truly making the most of every moment with their girls and Fabi’s enthusiasm and continued encouragement is why I love their blog.
So there you have it folks, a bit of an insight into The Blonde Nomad’s way of thinking and writing and where I get some of my inspiration. I knew that writing this would get me excited (thanks again Heike), and now my ideas and thoughts are just streaming. So it’s off to the drawing board for me. I’m going to get more focussed and even though I like my casual style, perhaps a planned approach might encourage me to write more. So for anybody that might read this, then woohoooo, thanks for being part of this magical space us writers call the BLOGosphere 🙂
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