Blog World Tour

So a few weeks ago, right in the midst of holiday craziness, my lovely accountabilibuddy and fellow member of Team Can-Am, Kim, tagged me to participate in the Blogging World Tour.  Yes, yes, I know it sounds fancy, but really, it’s not.  It’s just me giving you a little sneak peak into what’s going on with my obviously very focused and organized blog-writing process (HA!).

Step 1 is Acknowledging the blogger/blog that invited you to the Blog Tour:

Kim is hilarious and awesome.  She loves margaritas almost as much as I do, and she has a lovely Wonder Mutt named Calypso.  If you don’t already follow her and would like a daily dose of hilarity, go check her out at Black Dog Runs Disney.

And now I get to answer some questions that supposedly will give you some secret info about how and why I blog.

What am I working on?

Regarding this blog, I’m striving for consistency.  I started out blogging 7 days a week, which was too much.  I backed off to whenever I felt like it (except weekends), which was not enough structure.  These days I’m just aiming for at least Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and if more than that happens, awesome!  I’m also trying to write posts or at least start drafts as ideas occur to me, with the goal of having one or two posts ready to go when I hit a spell of writer’s block or get super busy, and also keep a list of topics to write about so that I don’t get stuck.

In life, I’m working really hard on paying off my student loans so Ben and I can buy a house and start a family within the next five years.  This is hard, because I spend money like nobody’s business.  To me, budget is a four-letter word, and bonus time means paying off my credit card.

How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?

I’m gonna be 100% honest here and say that I don’t really think it does.  I don’t think I have a terribly distinctive “voice” (maybe another blog thing to work on?), and I don’t think my content is all that unique in the world of running/fitness blogs.  And really, I’m OK with that.  I didn’t start this blog as a money-making enterprise, and my goal is not to generate income or get the most follows or shares or likes.  In fact, I’m happy that my blog is relatively small, because I’m able to focus on quality interactions with the limited number of followers/commenters I have.  So maybe that makes my work unique?  I don’t know…

Why do I write what I do?

Mostly because Ben doesn’t understand my running talk.  I’m sort of joking, but it’s true.  My “real life” friends and family aren’t runners, so they don’t really understand a lot of what I talk about when I talk about running.  They don’t understand my enthusiasm for good socks, or the devastating effects of runger (OK, maybe Ben understands that one, poor guy!), or exactly how much being sidelined with an injury sucks.  But here, I can write about how I’m feeling and what’s going on, and instead of glassy-eyed stares or stupid questions like “Why can’t you just go on the elliptical instead?”, I get commiseration, camaraderie, advice, and support.  I write to share my feelings and build a community with like-minded people.

How does my writing process work?

Other than my regular weekly posts, Manic Monday and Friday Free-For-All, there isn’t really a schedule.  I often get ideas for posts in totally random places–in the car, watching TV, or at the gym.  I try to jot the ideas down where possible, or make a mental note, and then flesh out the posts later, usually on the day I post them.  Yeah, there’s not a whole lot of planning ahead around here.  And then after most of the words have come out, I proof-read and edit the crap out of the post.  I know that some people are more along the feeling of, “Well, it’s more authentic or natural if I just write and post as-is,” but I’m way too Type A for that.  I’m a grammar enthusiast to a fault, and I put a lot of thought into word choice, phrasing, transitions, and punctuation.  I guess that’s what comes from being a theater major and an English minor.  After proof-reading a post several times, I will then do a preview of what the post will look like, and proof-read again.  It’s amazing how different a post can read and look when it’s in your actual blog layout rather than draft format.

So there you have it, an insider’s look at the super secret and effective blogging life of Rae.  And now, I’m supposed to tag someone (multiple someones?) to do a blog process tour of their own.  Since all of my accountabilibuddies have already been tagged, I’m going to nominate my friends Dana and Amy, of Slow and Steady(ish) and Let’s Go Running.

How do you stay organized with your blog posting?

Are you a proof-reader, or do you shoot from the hip and post as-is?

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17 thoughts on “Blog World Tour

  1. Anna @ Piper's Run says:

    I try to proof-read my post a few times and then view it as well. Sometimes it takes forever to get a post done. I try to blog Mon – Thurs and anything more is a bonus, I also blog more when my husband is away.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I have a couple of drafts that have been sitting there waiting to be finished for ages! And I also have more time to post while Ben is busy working on his portfolio!

  2. veryrach says:

    I am definitely a proof-reader like you. I can’t post something without reading it a thousand times over. I love that you consistently post & I love reading your Friday-Free-For-All posts. Since I constantly read (but not post) it’s always nice to have those go-to people who you can always see what they’re up to.

  3. charissarunning says:

    I proof-read once or twice, but I don’t usually preview it. I just hit post. I cringe when I find grammar mistakes or typos later, but I try not to be too crazy about it. Can’t always be perfect right?
    I started my blog about running for the same reasons!!! My boyfriend and friends do not run and I need to connect with others who share my passion! Love the camaraderie.

  4. Darlene says:

    I started writing when I started running. it was to keep myself accountable. And my hubby and friends don’t get my running. I post and then edit and re-edit.

  5. runsaltrun says:

    I shoot from the hip and end up making a ton of spelling mistakes most of the time because I’m in such a hurry. Trying to get better about that.
    I was an almost every day poster at one point too…it can suck the life out of you! I think you have a great balance of everything going on over here now!

  6. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    I proof-read and preview but I always find something I missed on a later read. So annoying. I try to post 3x a week, I managed to get on a schedule but then Christmas and being sick derailed that, oops. I am trying to get back to that but am not quite pulling it off.

  7. kebe51 says:

    I had completely forgotten that Kim did this! I am a bad accountabilibuddy! But yes, we here on the blogsphere totally understand you and your running talk! Poor Doug, I still talk his ear off about CrossFit and running. Oops!

  8. dgobs says:

    D’oh…. I took your tag (thanks!) but never commented on the original! I proof-read usually once the whole thing is written, and if I catch a typo/other error down the road that slipped through, I’m usually mortified. My 11th grade English teacher made me super OCD that way!

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