Behind Da Scenes

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alison from Everything Needs Salt recently nominated me to give you a little behind the scenes look at my blog. Or the lack thereof as of lately. Alison's blog always blows my mind with really pretty pictures, delicious recipes, and consistent posting (I'm basically calling out my own blog here). I loved reading all about the background information of her blog, so I was more than happy to stop doing macroeconomics homework to write this blog post. I've got my priorities in order (Please say this in Hermione Granger's voice.)

Anyways, I've always loved to see how people actually blog and all the work that goes behind each blog post. Even though I've been blogging for nearly 3 years now, it's still incredibly interesting for me to see what goes on behind the scenes. Yes, I'm well aware of how nerdy that sounds. 

So if you're interested in seeing a sneak peak at what happens here on my blog and how an idea turns into a blog post (which I'm still a little unsure of), this is the post for you. 

What am I working on? 

Hahahaha. Passing high school? Somehow choosing a college? My school has a uniform, and I still have trouble deciding what to wear. How am I supposed to choose a college to attend? So yeah, all jokes aside, I'm not really working on any specific thing for blogging. I'm busy 24/7, so I guess if I'm working on anything it's actually making time to write this blog. I'm never going to be one of those people who has a schedule for blogging or has to religiously post. Some days I work on my blog, some days I don't, and I'm completely okay with this.

Blogging aside, I've been doing a lot of photography, reading (Pride and Prejudice, it gets better every time I swear), running, school work, listening to Taylor Swift's new album (Obsessively, send intervention/help please), eating (duh), and the dreaded college essays. Seriously, no one ever told me how senior year of high school takes over your life. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not exactly sure what my "work" is. As for a genre, I don't think I fall into a specific genre either. If I had to pick one, I would say my blog is a lifestyle blog. It's the broadest category I could think of, so I'm rolling with it. If I could invent my own genre, I would say that I'm in the Katherine genre. I sometimes post new recipes, other times I post my travels, and a lot of times I post the spontaneous nonsense that comes to mind as I start writing a blog. Basically, my work differs from others of its genre because it's my life.

On an off note, I've never really considered all this work. I blog because I want to blog. Don't get me wrong, blogging is work, but it's the best kind of work. The kind that doesn't feel like work. The kind that involves lots of exploring and lots of good food. The best kind if you know what I mean.

Why do I write/create what I do?

Writing is like breathing to me. I absolutely love words. I love how they can bring stories to life, make you cry, make you smile, make you feel everything at once. I think words are power. Have you ever read something that completely changed your perspective of something? Have you ever read a quote that changed your life? I think words are capable of transforming your world. Words can unblock the traffic jams in people's minds. Writing is like a game to me. It's choosing the correct word to eloquently express how you feel. It's processing everything that's happened. I write because I have to. I couldn't not write. I don't think you can choose to love writing or creating things. It's something that you have to do. I write and create things because I can't imagine a life without either. I write and create things because I hope that my words can make a person's day a little brighter.

How does your writing/creating process work?

First and foremost, writing is hard. I absolutely love writing, but I recognize that it's hard. I have so much that I want to say, and half the time I've got no clue how to properly collect my thoughts and make them cohesive. My writing/creating process usually starts with a lot of little notes/thoughts all over anything and everything (Mostly school notes because all my best ideas tend to happen in the middle of a lecture. Clearly my timing is impeccable.). It's a process, so I rarely figure everything out in one sitting. A lot of times I start something and leave it for a while. It really helps to come back with new eyes and new ideas. As for the creative process, a lot of times I just dive in blindly. It's probably not the best idea, but most of my recipes are results from spontaneous kitchen adventures. Yes, some of them have failed, but hey, it's a process. You win some and you learn some. Don't worry, I don't always just take a blind leap of faith. Most of my best ideas happen during runs. If you're one of those people that blasts music every time your workout, try a day without music. You'll think of so many ideas that it's crazy. 

Soooo, now I have to nominate 3 people to answer these questions, so I nominate:

Leigha from The Yooper Girl
Liz from A Latte Running
Alison from Daily Moves and Grooves

 May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short. Until next time pals. :-)

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  1. Where was this post when I had writer's block this morning? (Haha it was open next to the post that took me forever to type ;)
    Thank you so much for the nomination!!
    Also, I haven't run with music since my 10 miler in August. And I love your signature - my coffee is indeed strong, but my Monday was loooooong.

  2. I love words too. Your words are like refreshing droplets of rain on a warm summer day. They hit your face, but in the most pleasant way that makes you smile.
    LOL who the heck am I even trying to be?
    You're an incredible writer, and I am so honored that you nominated me. Thanks, lovely!

  3. Thank you, beautifulllll :)
    You have such a way with words. It amazes me every time I read one of your posts. I really don't have a process for writing either... I just kind of write whatever's on my mind and see where it goes. I like to have a general idea of the posts I want to have up for the week and try to get them ready. If not, oh well, haha. Love ya so much!

  4. So I just finished reading this and oh my. These answers put mine to shame. x) You're just a beautiful person, you know that? Keep up the brilliant work, girl. This inspired my week: "I write and create things because I can't imagine a life without either." SO TRUE. Peace!


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