I was invited by my new friend G. Maria from Travel With G to write about my writing process. I really liked this project because it made me look at what I am currently working on and helped me to figure out what I have to focus on…
What am I working on?
Well… Right now I’m working on a few things. I think the most important thing I’m working on is just writing more blog posts. I have a fairly new blog (today marks 4 months since I started this adventure) and the more content I have for my followers the better. I want people to really get a feel for who I am and why I travel so that they get inspired to travel themselves. Another thing I’m working on is learning more about the technical aspects of this business. Just yesterday I figured out how to add a PayPal button to my website for my Buddy’s Buddies project and I also realized I hadn’t set up a XML sitemap for my blog so I worked on that for a couple of hours. Geez Lousie! But every day I do learn something more, so that’s good. I am also working on my social media presence so I can build more of a following. All this while working and going to school. Wish me luck!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think this one is pretty obvious… I have a stuffed monkey that I take with me on all my travels. I’m seeing more and more bloggers with stuffed animals, Legos, and other toys, but I don’t think the majority of travel bloggers have that kind of a mascot. I think my work is also different because I not only want to inspire adults to travel, but kids as well. More on that in a minute…
Why do I write what I do?
Multiple reasons. I could go on and on about how I think this world would be a better place if people got out of their comfort zones more often and took the time to learn about other cultures. But I also write to show others that you don’t have to be rich to travel and that any regular person can afford to do it if they prioritize. Like I said earlier, I also write to inspire kids. I really want to inspire kids to travel. Too many people out there don’t think that world travel is a real possibility so I want to instill in others from a young age that travel is possible. Like I’ve said before, I’ve had a case of “wanderlust” since I was a kid and I want other kids to grow up the same way.
How does my writing process work?
When I’m ready to write a post, I usually sit down on the bed with my laptop in front of me. Usually while I’m writing my mind tends to jump around a lot with ideas and it leads me to move around a bit. I end up stretching out on the bed, propping the computer in different ways, and moving pillows around. I also have to have background noise. It’s usually my boyfriend’s video games; so explosions, guns going off, etc. It can be distracting, but in a good way. I rarely write a post in one sitting. I like to write and come back to it. If I get stumped on a way to say something, I take a break and when I come back to it I usually have a better idea or a new phrase. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so this back and forth makes me feel like I’m really making sure the final product is exactly how I want it to be.
I have a gazillion things I want to write about. When I first had the idea to start a blog, I grabbed a notebook and pencil and started listing out ideas. Then I noticed I would come up with ideas or think of things I wanted to research and I didn’t always have my notebook on me. But what do the majority of us have with us at all times? Our cell phones. So now I have everything on a Memo app on my phone. And because I can be so scatterbrained when writing, I wait til I sit down in front of my computer to write out my posts. If I tried to write on paper there would be a million scratch outs, lines, and arrows. And probably some doodles. Yup, definitely doodles. 😉
So now it’s time to read about the writing processes of some other bloggers! I can’t wait to see how similar or different our processes are…
Espen and Maria from Nerd Nomads: I’ve been following their blog for awhile now; it’s probably one of the first blogs that I started following. They have such fun posts and you can just feel the energy coming through their writing!
Andrew from Travel Smaht: I met Andrew through Instagram and I love his pictures! Originally from Boston, he’s currently living in Ireland and exploring the rest of Europe while making photographic magic!
Lars and Liane from Bob Around The World: If you haven’t checked out their website, you definitely need to! The pictures alone are awesome! They also have some great reviews and tips.
Thanks again G! This was fun! 🙂