Oct 14, 2014

A Blog Tour

My bloggy friend Sarah (and fellow NFL fan!) tagged me for this fun post last week. I've seen quite a few versions of this floating around the blogworld and I'll admit, I've read just about every one! It's a virtual blog tour and with each one I've read, I've felt like I got just a tiny peek into the blogger's brain. And hello?! We're bloggers-- we're nosey!  We want to know all we can- which is why I'm doing my own little tour around here today.

What am I working on?
I feel like I'm always working on a dozen posts all at once. I'm the person that has drafts upon drafts upon drafts in my blogger dashboard because every time I get a quick idea, I throw it into a draft so I can come back to it when I'm ready. Right now I'm working on a couple things from my 30 before 30 list and hoping to post about them soon. And as always, Sallie & Perkins are up to their usual shenanigans so I'm working on their feature as well :)

How does my work differ from others of it's type/genre?
Most lifestyle bloggers talk a LOT about what they've bought recently... clothes, home decor, a car, you name it! While I love a splurge every now and then, shopping is just not something I do a lot of at this point in my life. I'd love to, don't get me wrong- but my debt is more important than any material thing. Sometimes I think the fact that I'm frugal and not Instagramming me at Target every other day leaves people bored with my blog but if that's the case? So be it! 

Why do I write what I do?
I love that my blog is a mix of all the things I love and/or love to talk about. I get to keep a virtual diary of Jared and I's life, our adventures, our vacations. I wish I'd started this blog during our engagement days but I do love seeing all we've done in our few years of marriage here on this blog, in one place. I love to share a great recipe that I've nailed, a fun craft that took no time at all or just write a silly, creative piece about my love for football. This place is mine and I think my writing reflects whatever is on my heart that day.

How does my writing process work?
Like I said earlier, I am constantly putting down ideas into drafts, so I can revisit them later. I do attempt to do SOME planning ahead for my posts, but it's definitely nothing I have set in stone. Each month I sit down and try to plan a loose calendar of topics for the few weeks ahead. I fill in the days where I know I'll have a personal "recap" type of post, I aim to have at least 1, if not 2 debt-related posts, one recipe, a few creative ideas I've been working on, a favorite link up, etc. Then I can fill in the gaps easier with other posts along the way.

Now, I'm nominating a couple of my favorite gals to join in and share a tour of their own blog!

The lovely Sarah from Life of Love. Her life is SERIOUSLY full of love right now, so if you don't know her I suggest you click on over to swoon over her recent Hawaii wedding pictures. PS- they eloped! And PSS- she sent me the sweetest card out of the blue a couple months ago just proving AGAIN how awesome she is.

And Amanda from The Lady Okie. Just an all-around, genuine person who happens to be a heckuva' writer. Seriously... I absolutely love reading anything she posts because it's just always so darn entertaining. Plus, she's an incredible runner and motivates me all the time, perhaps without even realizing it! 


22 comments:

  1. I love your blog for all of these reasons friend. Thanks for giving us a Love, Fun, and Football tour. I hope you have a great Tuesday.

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  2. Awwww best Tuesday morning surprise ever! You're so good to me. Can't wait to do this!

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  3. And at this point in my life I can't relate to all the lifestyle bloggers who are off spending all the monies so I love love love your space!

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  4. To be honest? I get bored with that gals who ALL they post are their Starbucks cups and Target trips. Of course I love those things too, but not every other day ;) love you and your blog!!!!! Mwah!!

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  5. Bahaha! We ARE nosy!! I wish I was ashamed to admit that, ha!
    Loved reading this and getting to know the girl behind the blog a little more ;) You know I adore you!
    p.s. Spa day?? #30before30

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  6. I love these blog tour posts, like you said, us bloggers are nosy and getting a peak into how others blog is super satisfying! And reading how other people write their posts is always fascinating for me, I get stressed if I have too many drafts at once so I tend to scribble ideas in a notebook and only make it an official draft when I'm ready to add photos and elaborate.

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  7. I LOVE that you don't post about shopping trips!!! That stuff annoys me so fast. No one cares if I bought a dress a Target ;)

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  8. My instagram can be boiled down to food, dogs, coffee, skies...with the occasional Target trip thrown in. I think I'm extremely boring sometimes...but I'm rarely bored with others because yes, we are nosey.

    I have so many drafts right now I've overwhelmed myself. I need to clean some things out.

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  9. My instagram is full of my cat, my dogs, and food. I love to shop, and I can browse stores often...then I go home and dream about what I saw and talk myself out of most of it. Haha!

    I have a few drafts that are always going on my dashboard and a note in my phone full of post ideas when I am stuck.

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  10. I so admire your dedication to paying off your debt, so I think it's awesome that you're not always posting about shopping! It inspires me to stick with our budget and get out of debt too!

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  11. I'm with you on not spending, girl. I go to Pinterest to drool over things I wish I had, but personally, I can relate so much more with places like your blog!

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  12. Yay, thanks for participating! I really need to do what you do and at least loosely plan out some posts for each month, because I think that would force me to keep the topics varied on my blog. Loved learning a little more about your blogging process!

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  13. As always, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and all about your adventures (sans Target and Starbucks because honestly, we ain't got time for that lol) :)

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  14. This was fun to see what your process was! I do a lot of thinking of blog posts ideas in my head but I need to at least start a draft to remember it! I wish I could spend money shopping all the time but putting things in carts and then x-ing out is where I'm at right now :)

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  15. I constantly put ideas into drafts too! It is the only way to keep me sane! haha!

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  16. Erin! You just made my day :) Thanks so much for tagging me! These posts are fun. I have a lot of drafts too. Although the OCD part of me doesn't like having too many of them because I feel unorganized. I don't know if that even makes sense. Honestly, I don't really care what clothes people buy at Target, so I'm glad you don't do that very often. I'm excited to hear about what you've been working on your 30x30 list!

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  17. I love getting these peeks into other bloggers' processes! I'm the same way when it comes to drafts - always working on so many different posts at once!

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  18. I really struggle with the "keeping up with the Jones'" part of lifestyle blogging! Especially when it comes to clothes shopping! It just isn't in our budget and even some of my favorite bloggers that post about their thrift store finds are making clothes purchases of $30 every couple of weeks. Granted they're great buys but not where I get to spend my money. I'm glad I'm not alone with these struggles!

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  19. Such a fun post! I need to get more organized. I feel like I'm always flying by the seat of my pants!

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  20. I love this! You inspire me to get organized with my blog and be a better blogger!

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  21. Love it :) Landed here somehow through a friend's blog and so glad I did!!! Followin you lady! http://thebees3.blogspot.com/

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  22. Well isn't this fun?! I feel like I've been in a huge rut blogging-wise (and kinda life-wise too - maybe that should be one of my next posts?!) so it's helpful to see how other bloggers come up with their content.

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