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?