So I wanted to talk about something a little different today: Blog writing!
There is currently a “blog tour” going around the healthy living blog world where bloggers get the chance to talk a little bit about their writing process, how they come up with blog posts, and why they do what they do. After reading a couple of them, I found it really interesting to see some of the similarities and differences between my own blog writing style and that of other bloggers!
So when Leslie from Life Begins at 30 invited me to participate, I jumped at the chance to join in. I hope you guys find these as interesting to read as I do!
1. What am I working on?
I always have a million ideas going on, so I tend to write them down in my handly little notebook that I keep in my purse. That way when I’m sitting at my computer wondering what to write, I can pull it out and get some inspiration!Especially after FitBloggin, I feel like I have so many ideas of things that I want to talk to you guys about!
I am currently full of a bunch of recipe ideas and random streams of thought that I’m trying to work out so that I can share with you all. I am also thinking about starting a new series here on MFL that is going to take a deeper look into how busy 20-somethings find a healthy balance in their lives. I haven’t figured out all the details yet, but I’m definitely excited to start that project soon. Hopefully that sounds interesting to you all?
PS – If there are certain topics that you all love hearing about, please let me know! I’m always open!
2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
“Healthy Living” is such a broad genre that I feel like every healthy living blog out there covers slightly different things. What I really try and emphasize here on My Freckled Life is a realistic look at what healthy living looks like for a busy, working 20-something.
I don’t always eat perfectly, sometimes I skip workouts, and I still try to retain some kind of social life, and I want you guys to see that! I know that I personally am always turned off by bloggers who seem to have everything together 100% of the time, and only every post about their perfect eats or workouts. We all know that sometimes you just need a little froyo in your life, and that’s OK!
So what I talk about here is how I personally find that healthy balance, in between all of my activities, crazy work schedule, social life, travel, and time with my husband. I talk about my struggles, my favorite workouts, my go-to healthy recipes, and my dog (obviously the highlight of my blog) – my real life and what my healthy journey REALLY looks like. It’s not always easy, but I hope that by seeing that it IS possible to find balance, and watching and learning from my struggles and triumphs, it might inspire others to make some healthier changes in their lives too!
3. Why do I write what I do?
When I first started my healthy living journey back in 2009, I had no clue what I was doing. There is SO much information out there on what “healthy” means, that I was totally overwhelmed. Am I supposed to eat carbs, or avoid them? Cardio or strength training? Splenda or Sugar?
That’s when I discovered the world of healthy living blogs. Real people who were talking about their real lives and real struggles with living a healthy life? That’s exactly what I needed at that time to learn about what healthy living really meant in the real world, and it gave me the confidence to change my own life for the better.
That has always been my hope with My Freckled Life. That it can not only be used as a way for me to keep accountable to myself in my healthy living journey, but also that it might inspire others or give them the confidence to live a healthier life. I wanted it to be (and hope that it is!) a genuine and honest place where people can view my struggles and experiences, and be inspired to take some or all of that into their own lives! I’m not perfect, and I want people to see that being healthy doesnt mean being perfect all the time, despite what a lot of “fitspiration” may tell you!
4. How does your writing process work?
I actually don’t prep too many blog posts in advance. In general, I typically write out all my posts the night before they are posted (which sometimes gets pushed to the morning if I have a ton of stuff going on). That works well for me because I can keep them as honest and authentic as possible, and can bump a planned post if something more important in my life comes up!
In terms of scheduling, I do try to schedule out my posts a week or two in advance and write them into my calendar so I least have a vague idea of what I’m going to talk about. There are obviously some linkups and traditions that I (mostly) keep with every week – weekend recap, WIAW, and Five Favorites Friday – and then I just try and fill in Tuesday/Thursday posts with whatever I feel like talking about that week.
Most importantly, I try to keep this blog in balance with the rest of my life. Sometimes things come up that keep me from posting. Sometimes I just want to spend time cuddling on the couch with my husband. And that’s OK. It’s been hard for a Type-A person like me to try and let things go sometimes in order to find balance, but it’s something that I’m working on. If I don’t take time to live life, then what am I going to have to write about, after all?
Well I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about my blog writing process. I’m sorry that it ended up being a little bit of a brain dump, but I found it really fun to be able to share with you guys some behind-the-scenes stuff about how I write and why I write. Is it probably the most effective and efficient way to go about blogging? No. Do I have a fancy blogging calendar like some people? No. But does it work for me? Yes.
And that’s what My Freckled Life is all about anyway – telling you about what works (or doesnt) for me, in the hopes that you can use that knowledge to inspire your own journey!
If you have any questions about my writing process, about my journey, or any topics that you’d love to hear about, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
And because I want to share the love, check out some of these ladies that are going to continue the Blog Tour! They are some of my favorite bloggers, so I know you’ll love them too!
Julie @ My Sweet & Healthy Life
So tell me: If you’re a blogger, what does your writing process look like? Do you schedule posts or write them on the fly? If you’re not a blogger, how’d you get into reading healthy living blogs? What topics do you like to read about?