When I was a young teenager, I started reading the travel section of the newspaper that my parents were subscribed to regularly. The stories wakened a new sense of adventure in me and made me dream of traveling the world and eventually becoming a travel writer myself. I dreamt of sleeping under the open sky in the Serengeti, of driving along the Panamericana from North to South and of crossing the US on the Route 66, but most of all I just longed to see the world.
The lovely Jessi from Two Feet, One World nominated me for a blog hop about our blog writing process and while I usually don't blog about blogging, I have so much to say about this topic that I figured an exception was in order. Please do check out her post here! I'm certainly no expert on travel blogging and still have so many things to figure out, but I do have an opinion and that's what blogging is all about, right?
1) What am I working on/writing?
I feel like I have been playing catch up with my blog ever since I moved to Norway last year. There's a long list on my laptop of posts that wait to be written and that used to freak me out a lot, but I'm a bit more relaxed these days, especially since I'm traveling less now that I'm in Germany again. I've been writing a lot about Norway lately, because I find myself missing the country a lot, but also because I'm stuck on my next piece on Iceland. I'd love to finish writing about that trip, before I get started on my summer in Asia, but we'll see.
Having fun with photography in Iceland. I never would have found my passion for photography if I hadn't started blogging!
2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
I hate to say this, but in my opinion travel blogging has a tendency to be very soulless. Posts that are clearly only written with the intent to get traffic, generic lists of travel tips that are neither creative nor particularly informative… I could go on. Where's the passion? I personally read travel blogs because I care about the stories that other people have to tell. Blogging is a wonderful medium to connect with people on a very personal level and that thought has always guided me when it comes to my own blog.
I blog because I want to share my adventures and misadventures and because I want to share my stories with other people. I recognize that this means that I don't exactly write the most helpful blog on earth and that I don't write content that's particularly great for SEO and Pinterest - but I'm okay with that. I started blogging because I love writing and I love writing because I love telling stories and I try to remember that as much possible.
3) Why do I write what I do?
At the moment, I mainly write about travel and looking back that shouldn't come as a surprise one bit. I used to do quite a bit of creative writing in my teenage years, but when the stress of school started to constrict my creativity, I turned to writing about my life instead. These days, my travels are easily the most interesting part of my life, at least for outsiders, and what I'm most excited to talk about, so that's what I write about. I have been trying to work on my writing from a creative point of view again, though, but it's still very much work in progress.
4) How does my writing process work?
I don't have an editorial calendar, simply because I have found that it doesn't work for me. I don't want to restrict myself or feel like I'm forcing myself to write - after all, I simply blog for the joy of it. At any given time, there are usually a couple of different events on my mind that I want to blog about. Once I have settled on a topic, I select the pictures I want to use, re-size them and upload them to Photobucket.
I then write a first draft of my post. This usually takes me a couple of hours, depending on how easy it is for to me write, but there have been posts that have taken me days, if not weeks to finish. I don't usually change that first draft much and only re-read to make some minor adjustments and to correct any spelling mistakes that I notice. Occasionally, though, I'm not happy with my first draft at all and in that case, I start to either edit it or begin anew.
My blogging process is pretty long-winded and it can take me a quite a long time to finish a post, but writing is one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place, so I don't really mind. I always try to work on a couple of posts at the same time to get in a regular posting rhythm, but obviously regularly fail at this. However, I don't force myself to write and blog if I feel like I don't have anything worthwhile to say.