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First, a thank you to Stephanie at Cat Lady Runs for wanting to feature me as part of her blog process tour. Stephanie and I met at the NWHM Blogger Brunch, and I have really enjoyed getting to interact with her online since then. Go check out her blog and her cute kitty, Cuddles!
The blog process tour asks the same questions of everyone featured, and my answers are below!
What am I working on?
Currently, my big “project” is a series on blog management. I know that there are bloggers much bigger than me, but I feel like I’ve been doing this for long enough (with a full time job and training for half-marathons, which anyone would probably agree can feel like a job in itself) that I have some tips and tricks that might help some newbies, so this blog process tour is a great way to start it off!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
One thing that I really try to do, especially in things like travel posts or race recaps, is to give advice to people who might find my blog post while searching for information on whatever I’m talking about. In January when NP and I hit up Richard Simmons’ Slimmons studio, I did some pretty deep Google searching and found only a handful of reviews, and none of them even answered the questions I really had. I make a really conscious effort now to answer things I think people might wonder about and definitely include anything unexpected that arises.
Why do I write what I do?
I write about things I love – I recently went from being basically a fitness-only blog to more of a lifestyle blog because I was feeling really stuck and limited as far as what I was writing about. Now I can write about all kinds of fashion, post music I’m digging, talk about travel (even if it’s not race-related), do humor posts, and blog about whatever else strikes my fancy.
How does my writing process work?
At any point I’m probably writing at least four posts at once. I always like to have posts scheduled ahead of time so I’m not rushing to get something up, and I have a backlog of always-relevant posts I can schedule if I do get behind on something. When I run the blog management series, you’ll see much more on how I schedule things and what goes into those posts, but when I’m writing, there’s nothing special I do. And I’m usually working on so many things at once that I’m constantly saying “oh, I have to add THIS to THAT post!” and have to save the draft I’m working on and go in and work some more on the other. I also make sure before scheduling that posts are appropriately tagged and categorized, and that relevant photos are included. Some posts are more photo-intensive and those tend to take more time to crank out (but also typically turn out to be some of my favorites.) Then I use dlvr.it and Shareaholic to send posts out to social media networks.