How come four day work weeks sometimes feel longer than five day-ers? Let’s go Friday…chuga chuga.
A few weeks ago (or maybe a month or so, eek!), two of my blogger buddies, Kristi from Inspiration Kitchen and Helen from Scrummy Lane invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. If you’ve seen other writing process posts you know the drill, but if not, the basis of the post is that each blogger answers the same four questions about what goes on behind the scenes in their slice of blog land.
Oh, have you checked out their blogs? Kristi’s writing style is super fun, vibrant, and bubbly, just like her! Reading her posts reminds me of reading an email from a friend. How great is that!? Her taste buds are seriously into spice (smoke out your ears style), but don’t worry – she posts plenty of tasty non-spicy (or spice-adjustable) recipes, too! I used her easy caramel sauce recipe for my pineapple turnovers with coconut and caramel sauce and just about did a back flip. Dangerously easy and so, so good!
Helen has a total knack for tying in an interesting/funny/relevant tale from her myriad of travels to her recipes. I really get sucked in to each and every one of her posts…and that’s even before glimpsing the crave-worthy recipe and beautiful photos! Helen currently resides in Australia but has lived in and traveled throughout Europe (and beyond, I’m sure!). I love reading about her experiences and inspiration points for her recipes. Sometimes I close my eyes at night and I see these lemon bakewell slices she posted about last week and start salivating. Heaven in dessert form.
I know this post is going to be super word heavy sooo without further ado, here we go!
#1 – What am I working on?
I love how open ended this question is! In real life I’m working on learning about the new city I live in. We’ve been in Nashville for two months and sometimes it feels like we’ve been here for years and other times it’s like we just rolled in. I’m an accountant full-time and working on learning the nuances of my new job. I’m also working on learning the eight million highways that encircle Nashville (holy merging).
Blog-wise, I’m learning to use my new DSLR. I have a feeling if you ask me a year from now, I’ll tell you I’m still learning how to use my DSLR. I’m having such a fun time researching its tools…and laughing at some of the totally washed out or pitch-black pictures I took before I remembered to adjust the settings for the lighting.
In all honesty I feel like I’m working on everything blog-related. Everything is a work in progress, right? In the coming weeks, stay tuned for a few new elements on My Sequined Life. I’ve got a few things bopping around in my head right now about some non-food related features. The main gist of the blog will still be food (and drinks!), but I’m working on incorporating some non-food, major aspects of my life in some way – such as music!
#2 – How does my work differ than others of its genre?
You know, this one is tricky. I create food + drink recipes based on what I’m craving, random pings of inspiration that hit, suggestions from B, etc. While we may all have different cravings, different pings of inspiration, and different people texting us their food cravings, everyone has their own nuances – dietary restrictions, preferences, recipe complexity, cuisine, etc.
I would categorize my blog as a little bit of everything. I don’t personally have food allergies or follow certain dietary styles, so the common themes of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free recipes don’t apply. Sometimes I feel like cooking a dish with a lot of moving parts that dirties most of our dishes and sometimes I dream at night about a one pot meal perfect for weekdays after work. I love whipping up a healthier, satisfying main dish or dessert, but strongly believe that indulgent treats have a legit place in a balanced diet, too. I may shout from the rooftops about one recipe that is low fat and uses such little butter, but the next post may call for a stick or two. Rather than have consistency from recipe types and styles, I like to think that my blog has consistency in that I post about things I love to eat, period. Whether that be a quinoa salad I’m still obsessing over weeks later or a riiiiich chocolately peanut buttery hunk of a cookie.
My non-blog eats are incredibly varied, so that reflects in my blog. Case in point: I’ve been a quinoa/kale/whole wheat freak lately, but I ate lunch and dinner at work a few days ago. Family-style pulled pork BBQ + the fixins and Papa John’s, respectively. Oy. Oy aside, sometimes double take-out days happen in my life and I’m 100% okay with it, I don’t beat myself up afterwards one iota. Eating mostly healthy is what I’m all about.
Idk if that makes my blog different really, because I know a bunch of you eat and post about a variety of things too. But maybe you don’t eat BBQ and Papa John’s in the same day…that’s kinda different.
#3 – Why do I write what I do?
I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing style lately. Sometimes I’ll have a little anecdote that ties into a recipe, but there are a ton of times all I can think to say goes something like “This bread. OMG.” Those times of bloggers block are tough and I do the new post/blank page stare for awhile, sometimes accompanied by a browse or two of Pinterest or an episode or four of whatever Real Housewives marathon happens to be airing on Bravo.
Eventually something spits out of my fingers, but whoa mama can the process get frustrating. How is it that I can talk B’s ear off or call my mom and chat about a cookie for a solid twenty minutes, but the cursor blinks and blinks and blinks when it comes time to actually discuss said cookie in a super relevant space? I’m still working on that. (maybe this answers question #1…)
All in all, I’m trying to make this blog be as conversational as possible – words straight out of my mouth and onto the page. Sans Jersey accent. You’re welcome.
#4 – How does my writing process work?
I wish I could launch into a whole writing routine, but honestly I’m still trying to figure one out. There have been a bunch of big changes in my life over the past few months – quitting my job, moving 2,000+ miles away, beginning a life in a brand new city, starting a new job – that any hope of maintaining a blog routine flew out the window. Two months in Nashville and I still feel as if I haven’t settled into the blog zone.
Sometimes I write posts sitting on the couch watching TV. Sometimes I need silence. Sometimes I sit at the kitchen table and sometimes I sit in bed. Sometimes I write with a dog on my head. (<–Dr. Seuss impulse kicked in, sorry! We don’t have a dog here in Nashville yetttt). Sometimes I’ll go to the nearby coffee shop, sometimes I can’t focus at all in public spaces. Sometimes I want to edit and choose my photos first, sometimes I like to write up the whole post and write “(pic)” as a place holder and put the pictures in last. Sometimes I obsessively proofread a post, sometimes it’s hours past my bedtime and I’m just happy I’ve used reasonably correct punctuation.
One day I’d love to set up a home office of sorts, with a super comfy chair (so important! I’m fighting the ergonomic battle daily with my set-up at work), but we live in a totally fab, three-room apartment that simply doesn’t afford the space. Dreamin’ big!
Well there you have it – a whole bunch of stream of consciousness jibberjabber about my blog behind the scenes. 🙂 I truly love this wonderful community I’ve happened into, and reflecting on these questions only reminds me of that! Now at the end of your post, you’re supposed to nominate a few other bloggers to participate, but I know I’m late to the party here with my post so I’m going to do something a little differently. If you’re reading this and have toyed with the idea of doing your own post but haven’t been nominated – well consider this my nomination to you! And please let me know if you do write your own post – I’d love to read it! 🙂