Blog Hop: The Writer Tag
I was tagged months ago by my lovely friend, Jennifer of Beauty by Jnfr, to take part in the Blog Hop Writer Tag. I've had this post sitting in my drafts for so long, it was about time I finished writing it and finally go ahead and post it! I think this is a unique tag compared to the others out there as I find it really interesting to kind of get to know the "behind the scenes" of how we all blog. I'm snoopy like that!
Why do I write?
I've always had some sort of online space for myself on the Internet and prior to discovering beauty blogs, I used LiveJournal where I'd write about high school, university, music, my obsession with the TV show, Friends, how drunk I'd get on the weekends and other general life stuff. My, how times have changed!... Except for the Friends thing though because that show still is - and will always be - the most awesome.
Getting back on topic, I write because it's a form of personal expression and a way for me to connect with like-minded people. Readers, of course, aren't the be-all and end-all of blogging, but I love the idea of writing with an audience in mind because it motivates me to keep improving and to always strive to better myself with what I put up here, whether it be my writing or the photos I take. When I share my goals and my dreams with you all, I can be held more accountable into achieving them. It's kind of like an online scrapbook of my life and the things I love. I'm generally a pretty quiet person in real life, so writing is a way for me to express my thoughts, ideas and opinions in a way that I can sometimes have a little difficulty with expressing verbally.
Aesthetics are something I really value in a blog, but to me, the words are just as important and I love getting lost in my thoughts and typing away endlessly about whatever comes to mind. I'm not the most concise writer, but I love sharing all those little details. I used to worry about people not reading my blog posts because they were too long, but I soon learnt to accept my voice for what it is and to just keep writing the way I love to write. Everyone has their own unique voice with different stories to tell and I honestly don't care who does or doesn't read my blog. The first person I write for is me and I think if I wrote for anyone else but myself, my blog wouldn't even be enjoyable to others because it wouldn't be authentic. It wouldn't be enjoyable to me either. From reading comments, I can always tell who reads my posts and it really melts my heart that so many of you take the time to read them, let alone comment. I truly appreciate it and I know that when I leave comments on other blogs, I like them to be long and detailed to show that I read and really connected with what the person has written.
What am I working on?
I'm not really working on anything in particular with my blog right now. A few months ago, I moved my blog from Blogger to Squarespace, which was a huge, but deeply rewarding task as I've never felt happier with it. The sleek, minimal interface has made me enjoy blogging a lot more and with Blogger, I would dip in and out of feeling dissatisfied with my layout, though thanks to Squarespace, I haven't ever felt that way since moving. As I said in my New Year's Resolutions post, I would like to work on blogging more often, but honestly, right now, I'm really happy and I feel like I've sort of found my place within the blogging community. I'm confident in my personal style and my voice here, and I've found like-minded bloggers who I really respect, get excited to read and love interacting with.
How does it differ from others of its genre?
My blog is by no means the most unique or original out there, but like I mentioned earlier, everyone has a different voice here and I think that's how I can separate my blog from others. I blog mostly about beauty, but I do so in a way that's personal by telling a story. I don't claim to be super knowledgeable in beauty (though my friends will come to me for advice!), I'm just learning as I go along and I try to be informative through honesty. My aim here is to share what I love and express my true self as opposed to being a form of marketing.
Living outside of the US and UK is something I have over other blogs too. While the majority of bloggers are currently all about those winter vampy lips, there's a minority of us here in the Southern Hemisphere melting our foundation away in the summertime heat! It's weird, I get it. People on the other side of the world have been telling me that since I first started using the Internet! Sometimes it can make me feel a little excluded as a blogger because the content isn't always going to be relatable and there's a time difference that makes interacting with other bloggers difficult, but I've since found a small group of Australian bloggers who I adore and who I'm really good friends with. It's now something I really embrace and I like that I can set myself apart in that way.
Like most people here, blogging is only a hobby for me and it's important that I separate something I do for fun from feeling like a job. I rarely ever schedule posts nor do I have a calendar to plan them out because there's a spontaneity in that, which I enjoy. It's just something I naturally gravitate towards spending my free time doing because I love it so much, and I love being active within the community. It doesn't have to be all so regimented. I see a lot of people throwing around advice about how to blog and to me, there really aren't any rules here.
How does my writing process work?
I used to be someone who had to take their photos before beginning the writing process of a blog post and while that's mostly still the case, sometimes I find myself having so many thoughts and words to write, I can have whole posts written even before I've had the chance to take them. Other times, I'll have blog posts in my drafts for a few weeks or even a few months just so I can let my thoughts on a topic develop before I'm satisfied enough to publish it; that's the perfectionist in me and why I write so much! I guess it really just depends on what I'm writing about, but usually having my photos first helps with the writing process because I feel like I'm more of a visual person and it's nice to have that to refer to and help inspire the writing.
If I'm suffering from writer's block, I'll take breaks here and there, so I can come back to it with a clearer mind. I always struggle with the "introduction" paragraph of a post and I'll just stare at the computer for ages, so when that happens, I'll go onto the body section and revisit it later, or else I'll sit there frustrated and it won't get done. I proofread my writing an obsessive amount. Spelling and grammar is important, but so is structure, and I like to make sure everything flows, makes sense and feels natural to read. Once I have a whole post written, I'll proofread it, collect any links I need and proofread it once more before publishing or scheduling. Even after posting, I may still have to go back and edit mistakes! There's no way I could blog everyday because of how much I write and just how much effort I put into each post, but quality over quantity! I'd rather feel 100% satisfied with each post I publish rather than to blog for the sake of blogging.
Who I pick to carry on the Blog Hop:
I pick Jessica from Little Henry Lee, Jaye from Bed in the Kitchen and Natalie from Thunderlove. They're three lovely girls whose blogs I just love and can't wait to read what they have to write about them!