Thanks to Lauren from The Lifestyle Diaries, you are all cordially invited to a little sneak peek behind the scenes of my blog.
First & foremost, I would like to state that I love my blog. I would love for it to be all that I do but, like many other bloggers, I also have a full-time job, and a rather demanding one at that.
Thus I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to my blog, the reasons why I started it, the path it has taken since then, and whether I would like to steer that path in a different direction.
1. What am I working on/writing?
As a result of my little brainstorm, I’ve decided to make a couple of changes to the blog.
Firstly, I want to work on shortening my posts. Both because they take too much time for me to write, and because I want you to actually read what I’ve written without sending you to sleep.
I actually just had to delete the last paragraph I wrote because I started slipping into my usual habits again! I love writing and painting the full picture, but I’ve realised that a post doesn’t need a play-by-play of every moment to be good and, in fact, is often better when it doesn’t.
Hence my restaurant reviews will be receiving a serious fat-trimming from here on out.
The blogs I enjoy the most are succinct and to the point.
Which leads me on to the next change.
Secondly, I plan to break up my text, as my favourite blogs do not contain rambling paragraphs of block text, such as those featured on my own, but lead from one flowing sentence to the next.
A point per sentence. That’s the aim… And I’ve already broken it.
Thirdly, I’m sure that we all agree a picture paints a thousand words. As someone who has ALWAYS loved taking a gazillion photos (much to the displeasure of my nearest & dearest), and in keeping with the above, I therefore plan to rely more on my pictures than my writing to tell my stories.
I also want to improve my photography. This is something which has always, always, always been, and will always be, on my wish list, but is difficult to achieve with time & money constraints.
But I am certainly going to try, as stunning photos are by far my favourite feature of any blog.
2. How does my work and writing differ from others of its genre?
Well, I write my blog for me. It’s my online diary, versus just an info resource for others.
Thus it’s very real & personal, and contains many titbits and details about my loved ones & I.
Since everyone’s experiences are unique to themselves, this factor alone makes my blog different to all others.
And since we all think, write, photograph, look and relay stories differently, even when bloggers write about the same experience, no two posts are the same, with each blogger bringing their own individual stance, style and personality to the fore.
That’s the beauty of blogging. All of the fish can fit in the pond.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about life, food and travel because I love life, food and travel.
Each of these things brings me an immense amount of joy. I also love to take photos and to write. So I take photos of life, food and travel, and write about them, because it makes me happy. I can only hope that sharing my joys might bring those reading a little happiness too.
I’m also a big believer in making & preserving memories but, as a very visual person, have never been able to keep a conventional diary for more than a week. My blog allows me to combine pictures with words, and thus to complete the story.
I can’t wait to look back over all of the meals, special occasions and holidays that I’ve had, and be able to recall all of the ‘little things’ that often slip one’s mind.
And let’s not be forgetting a special mention to all of the #foodporn that I plan to relive.
Also, as a complete side-bonus, the blog has introduced me to many others with the same passions in life as myself, and I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to eat ALL THE FOOD and talk about ALL THE FOOD for an entire evening, without feeling self-conscious.
Connecting with other bloggers has also put loads of amazing destinations, restaurants and inside tips on my radar, which has led me to new & exciting experiences, for which I can only give thanks to the blog.
4. How does my writing process work?
I naturally take a hundred photos of every semi-exciting moment in my life, leaving me with plenty of memory-jogging material when it comes to the big write-up.
I’ll choose & edit the best photos. I’ll then open a word document beside my photo library and write the text of the post, with spaces to slot in the pictures later. I’ll re-read the post at least twice.
(Nothing worse than a typo for me – I’d actually appreciate if you point them out in the comments if you ever spot one!)
The photos are then uploaded to my blog media library, and the text from my word document copied and pasted into the body of a new post. I’ll then insert each photo into its relevant place in the post, create live links, and choose a cover photo.
Writing that and reading it back exhausts me enough as it is. Does anyone have a simpler way of creating posts using WordPress? You would be a real life-saver!
Otherwise, I try to post twice a week, but I often post whenever I’ve got new material as I’m simply too excited to wait.
Next I get to nominate three lovely bloggers to take part in the blog hop and answer the four questions above. I call upon:
1. Catherine from Lux Life
2. Honey from The Girl Next Shore
3. Tahira from Ramblings of a Food Addict
Happy blogging! X