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My Writing Process

Posted Jul 02 2014 4:33pm

Hi friends! Today I’m joining part of a blog “writing process tour” that tours different blogs and offers insight into how and why different bloggers write what they do. My friend Mary from Minutes per Mile invited me to the tour (you may remember when I met Mary for our first adventure with November Project  back in the winter!), and I thought it sounded like a fun way to switch things up around here.

Below are my answers to some questions about my “writing process,” if you want to call it that ;)

1. What are you working on?

At any one time, I probably have three different blog posts saved as a “draft” here on CET. Usually only one will be something I’m actively working on, and the others will either be posts I’ve started but haven’t decided where to take them, or posts I’m planning to finish later in the week.

I also like to think that I’m always “working on” making my blog better by exploring new WordPress plugins, incorporating SEO, figuring out better site functionality, etc., but it’s honestly hard to remember to do that sometimes.

I also wish I was working on more recipe posts, but that just doesn’t seem to happen all that much around here anymore. It’s not that I’m not cooking (I always cook!) but it’s just that the things I’m making are ether not blog-worthy or I just don’t remember to photograph them in time. Hopefully I give you guys enough other content that you don’t mind the lack of recipes, but if you’d like to see more recipes pop up on CET, just let me know!

2. How does your work differ from others of its type/genre?

This is a tough one because there are so many other healthy living writers in the blogosphere, but I like to think that my real-life updates set me apart from the crowd a little bit. My favorite blogs to read are the ones that don’t just focus on workouts and food, but show readers about the life of the person behind the blog. I’m always a fan of reading personal slice-of-life recaps, and my hope is that you guys enjoy reading about that stuff too.

I try to be as realistic as possible on here, and eating and working out are just a small part of my life as a whole. The truth is that my friends, family, and- let’s be honest- Jack, make me who I am, so I truly love sharing about my life with them on here. I like to think this sets me apart a bit.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Balancing a healthy lifestyle is important to me, and it’s something I’ve struggled with for most of my life. Although I still struggle with this on a day-to-day basis, I have learned a lot along the way, and I really want to share that knowledge with others.

I know how hard it can be to go out to dinner and drinks with your friends and still want to feel confident about your body. I’ve suffered through cravings for french fries and brownies and found healthier alternatives that satisfy me *almost* as much (there’s no real replacement for french fries or brownies). I have finally gotten to a place in my life where I am happy with my body and happy with my lifestyle, and I just want others to feel confident about their lives too. If I can help or inspire just one person to love their body more, I will call my blog a success.

By the way, you can read more about my weight loss/healthy living story here .

4. How does your writing process work?

I wish I could say I follow an editorial calendar of sorts or have a very specific blogging schedule- but I just kind of write what my heart and my head tell me to. Some days I will have a perfect What I Ate Wednesday post planned, but if there’s another topic that’s been on my mind I will ditch the WIAW post and write what’s really calling to me. I usually try to post at least four times a week, but sometimes I only wind up posting three times, and to me that’s ok. I just try to do what feels natural to me because otherwise I wouldn’t be authentic!

And that’s it! Let me direct you to the next two bloggers in the tour, if you want to keep following:

By the way, I sometimes get questions about how to start a blog/tips for getting started, so if that sort of post would be interesting to you please let me know in the comments below and I will post about it!

Happy Wednesday!

Question of the day: What sets you apart from your peers?

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