Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blog Tour

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 As you may remember, I recently completed a blogging course with Holly Becker from Decor8.  It was completely online and included a forum for all of the students to post homework, ask the teachers questions, and meet and interact with fellow students.  While the class kept us all very busy,  I managed to make a few connections with other bloggers.  One of those bloggers is named, Effie, and she writes a lifestyle blog named, A Piece of Bliss.  I was immediately attracted to her upbeat posts in the forum and somewhere along the way we connected on each others' blogs.  She was born and raised in Greece, but has settled with her Puerto Rican husband in Dhabi, UAE.  (The blog world is amazing--you get to meet people you would NEVER get to meet, otherwise!)

Last week, Effie invited me to join in on a blog tour that The Daydreamer schemed up in an effort to encourage bloggers talk about their creative process and to introduce their readers to other blogs.  I'm happy to join in on the tour today by answering some questions:

1.  What am I working on?
I have been tied up with several painting/decorating projects in anticipation of a large BBQ we hosted this past weekend.  I love having a deadline to work towards and crossing things off my long to-do list around here.  I will now focus on blogging about the changes we made and maybe a bit about the party/food, etc. Otherwise, I'm trying to just sit down and write about whatever is top of mind.  The main purpose of my blog is to workout my writing muscle.  And since I don't have a large audience, I feel like I have a lot of freedom to write about whatever I want!

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Perhaps it differs in that I don't post nearly as often as others!  I had grand plans of posting daily, but the reality of that is harder to execute.  I have probably two months of posts planned on my 'editorial calendar', but I really need to be inspired at the time when I sit down to write to get the words flowing. With time, I think sticking to an editorial calendar will help motivate me to write on the regular (treating it more like a job).  As far as content, I'm not much different than anyone else.  But Holly from our BYW class really drove home the point that we shouldn't look at what others are doing, but to write from the heart and be the best me I can be.  People are attracted to authentic people who write/share about things they are passionate about.  

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
I write to strengthen my writing skills.  I'd love to get a paying gig writing online sometime in the future.  Otherwise, I write about what I like to read when I go online. I love sharing the latest updates from around my house and about my latest beauty budget finds/reviews.  Sharing our home updates motivates me more than I realized it would to keep things evolving in our home.  It's extremely gratifying.

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?
Well, as I mentioned, I plan out two months of posts, but I don't always feel like writing the post that I have scheduled.  If I'm not 'feeling it', the words don't come as easily.  So in the end, I think what works best for me is a general idea of what I'll be posting about for a week or two, but with a lot of flexibility.  Like I said, I have a very small audience, so I still feel like it's okay to be flexible.

That's enough about me.  Today, I'd like to introduce you to another blogger I met through the BYW class, Dana, from Chocolate and Sunshine.  Like Effie, she had high energy, positive forum posts and her blog is an inspiration (especially for new bloggers--she has great advice and tips!):

Chocolate and Sunshine:  Dana writes about the things she loves the most in life, including, but not limited to her two favorite things: chocolate and sunshine!  She shares design inspiration (with photos of her beautiful home), party planning, baking and DIY projects, as well as holiday decorating tips!  She has so many neat things to share.

Please hope on over and check out Dana's blog--but only if you have a lot of time on your hands!  She has a lot to share :)

Thanks, Effie, for inviting me to participate and thanks for reading!