Meghan from The Adventures of MnM's tagged me to write about my blogging process. I haven't forgotten Meghan! It's just taken a lot longer than I expected to get this far :) If you haven't stopped in at Meghan's space before, you are in for a treat! Her photography is breathtaking and her busy and active family always have a million things on the go - what a go-getter bunch they are! I usually leave her blog feeling inspired and keen to get stuck into a whole lot of life!
Ok so I can rave on some more about how super lovely Meghan is, and how I couldn't quite believe she tagged me, and how back at the blog conference when we met she knew stuff about me and my blog, and how she's just a gem of a gal all round... but you know.. I wont :p
Anyhoos, instead I'll go on about why I keep this space up.
Why do I write?
I've had this space for just over 3 years now. Not really all that long. It started out as a space to record the positives in my everyday. Forcing myself to focus on the little bits of happy, and reporting on it helped me through a particularly dark cycle of depression and vicious spiral of negativity. It was a space for me, a journal, an aid to betterment.
It has obviously changed a bit since then :) I am sure it's all a bit happy-happy joy-joy for many people and way too formulaic. However, it is my happy space. One where I record the delights of my children, my makes that make me happy and calms my mind and emotions, and music that takes me places and lifts my spirits.
Rarely (and I think there have been 2 or 3 posts out of 450) do I put something out there that isn't sunshine and roses. It does not mean that my life is one big ball of fluff. I can assure you, it is anything but. I just choose not to voice it in this space. :)
How does my writing process work?
I think we can all agree I am no great writer. I sit down, tap it out and mostly it feels like I'm having a conversation.
Currently there are 3 posts a week that I try to maintain: The 52 Project, the Show and Tell linkup, and a music post for the weekend. It takes quite a lot of time doing these 3 simple posts a week. Some days I have a few extra minutes and will process, draft, edit and schedule a few, a couple of weeks in advance...(provided I have the goods of course!). It does help in the busy weeks where sitting down at the computer just doesn't happen.
I do hope in time I will learn to write more eloquently about things and I also hope my photography skills will improve too! In the meantime, we live in hope :)
What am I working on?
Cripes, where to start?! Lots of stuff...perhaps too much really.
- Some testing, some commissions, some Christmas things, and some random stuff on the making front.
- Other than that there is the general day to day we're all familiar with - home, school, kindy and other things, people, and places that require time and help. And of course my "day" job to help pay the bills.
- Blog-wise... well I am just trying to keep up with the minimum really... hence why you can count on the same posts each week. Although I have lots of ideas of other things I want to write about, I cant see it happening anytime soon!
How does my work differ from others in the genre?
Well, really, it doesn't I think. There are tons of crafty/family/cooking/baking/random/music blogs out there. Heaps. And so many that are much more pretty and clever! This is just my wee nook to reflect on the things that make me feel good :)
So, nothing really terribly exciting or well-written or in-depth, but this is where it's at for me, for now. I have met so many lovely people through blogging - seriously. Some amazing friendships, such inspiring talents and a whole lot of love. I am so encouraged by other people in blogland and hope that maybe this little space is a tiny bit encouraging in some teeny way to someone else.
Given the time of year and also how long I've taken to get this post up, I'll refrain from nominating people specifically. Instead, if you haven't been tagged before, but would love to share your inner-workings with us, I nominate you!
Have a great week, wherever you are and whatever you're up to!