Hi all! Thanks for stopping by on this, the official first Monday of summer! I have to admit that I didn't do much this weekend. But it was nice to be able to have that kind of weekend. I was happy to not be rushing around and to be able to enjoy a bit of the sun (from indoors, mostly!).
Last weekend, I got an email from a blogger whose blog I hadn't read before asking if I would be interested in participating in a new blog hop. After getting past the excitement of knowing that there are people reading my blog who I don't know, I quickly replied yes, that I would love to participate.
Zakkiya is a great blogger (whose blog I may have stalked last week to catch up on her recent posts) and I am so excited to know that she reads my blog. Last Monday, she wrote her blog hop post where she tagged me for today, where I am sharing my post, and next Monday, hopefully my three blog tags will do the same.
The idea behind this blog hop is sort of like a chain letter. There are a few simple questions to answers (fun questions, yay!), then I will tag three bloggers and then they will do the same next Monday! Kind of fun, right?! So here we go!
1. What have you been working on?
Well, as anyone who knows be in real life knows, I don't plan too far ahead, so I haven't been doing too much blog related. I'm pretty much day-by-day. But I do have a few things I'm just needing to edit before I share.
I wrote a guest post for the blog Homework that I am really excited to share with you when it's posted. Here's a little preview of some things that will be coming up...
Let's see... last weekend Morgan and I went into Corrales and went for what was billed as a hike, but was more like a walk (not that I'm complaining). We went a bit off the trail and made our way to the Rio Grande River.
This weekend while working on prep for a craft project, I cut my thumb with a knife. I decided to step away and take a break from the project. When I went to finish it on Sunday, I cut my index finger! Yikes!
In an attempt to force me to clean up my apartment, I have put a moratorium on card-making until my apartment is completely clean. Card-making, while so being so fun, is so messy! I know that if I don't get things clean around here, I will just add to it! I did get all of my laundry done (and in the process managed to flood the laundry facility... woops - not my fault)!
But the thing that has been my biggest distraction, and I say this with no shame, has been the TV show Frasier! I can now say, that as of Sunday night, I have watched every episode, all 11 seasons of Frasier on Netflix. It took me a few months, but it was good entertainment. I laughed so much, I'm glad I decided to watch it.
I guess I need to get back at it to get stuff for the blog ready...
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don't really consider my blog genre-specific. On one hand, it's a typical craft/recipe/DIY blog. On the other, this year I added card-making into the mix. Maybe it's just that, that I mix the two.
I think that I live in an apartment, am not married, and also don't have kids puts me in a different space. The projects I choose to work on do have anything to do with kids. I don't dispense advice about marriage, dating, or raising kids. I try to keep it light and very rarely delve into topics deeper than the light-hearted; but I always "keep it real" and try not to sugar-coat things.
3. Why do you create/write what you do?
First, and foremost, I create and blog because it makes me happy. I don't use my blog to earn any income, so I do it to prove to myself that I can be creative and successful outside of my 9-5.
I try to create things I know I will use and like and use. I rarely join with companies to do projects because I feel like they become mass-produced very quickly. For regular blog readers, I'm sure you know what I mean; All of a sudden 20+ blogs share a post on one day all using the same product. It just doesn't feel genuine. I have paired with a few companies and I can't say that I am completely happy with how I wrote those posts or that I got a lot out of them for my blog (no additional consistent readers or comments, etc). If the right opportunity comes up again, I will certainly jump on it, but in the meantime, I am learning to say.... "no thank you."
Living in an apartment (with very little storage) I don't have the
luxury option to just create to create. Where would I put all of that stuff. I can't redo a ton of furniture and share it on my blog, because where would I store it? I can't cook a lot of new recipes because who would eat it? Just me! So, what I choose is rather than quantity - quality. If I'm having a craving and decide to try a new dish - I'll share it! If I want to put a new wreath on my front door - I'll share it. If I haven't been doing much of either, I'll share roundups.
There is no one correct way to blog. I just do what works best for me.
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
I don't really have a set process. I try to blog 3-4 times a week. If I feel like it's time to put something up, I look through my camera and see what's there. If I don't have much of anything, I'll gather some recent pictures of my cats/plants/weekend doings and put them together for a quick update.
I blog at night, after work, when I am home. The summer makes it so much easier to blog because the sun is still out for hours after I get home. I can take pictures of projects I wrapped up the night before if I have to. In the winter, I sometimes have to take them to work with me and take pictures of them on my lunch hour outside. It makes for a bit of a challenge. But the different setting is fun to work with. That's what I did when I took the pictures of this card:
Sometimes I just get in a rut of no creativity, so I don't push it. I know that it's there and that it will be back. I don't stay up crazy hours trying to finish projects. What would I be proving with that? Again - I don't get paid to do this. It's a hobby. I'm not looking to turn this into a job. I want to have fun doing it; and I AM!
Tag You're It!
So I'm a crazy blog reader. I follow over 300 (yes 300) blogs on Bloglovin'. But there are a handful that stand out to me, that I truly look forward to see new posts in the morning. I'm sharing three of them here and am hoping that these ladies play along with the blog hop next week!
Chelsea at Two Twenty One
I love Chelsea's blog. She always shares interesting posts and her love of peonies speaks right to me! I first fell in love with Chelsea's office (drool-worthy, if I am honest) and then when I saw that she lives is in Indianapolis (one of my very favorite places that I have traveled to), I knew she was going to be a regular blog for me to read. I always look forward to seeing what she has shared and hope she keeps blogging for a long time!
Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling
Even though Amy and I share the same area code we have yet to actually meet. I still feel like I'm behind the times because I didn't discover Amy's blog until we both participated in a round up of Albuquerque bloggers. But holy cow, Amy's projects are featured on blog after blog! Amy jumped right in to the blogging thing like a professional. Part of me is jealous and part of me is in pure awe! Go, Amy, go! I hope we meet up one of these day and that maybe some of your blogging genius will rub off on me!
Anna at The Things I'm Learning
I am so excited to introduce you to Anna if you haven't met her already. I'm not sure how I first happened upon Anna's blog, I think through some sort of giveaway, maybe? I'm can't remember. But I'm really glad I did find it. From what I can tell, Anna and I pretty opposite. But there is just something so genuine about her writing that makes me keep reading; maybe because I always have a smile after reading her posts! Anna seems like she would be a lot of fun to be friends with - her smile seems so inviting and warm!
Well there you have it! Quite a bit of writing for this post today! But I (hope) to be back later this week (or maybe tomorrow) with a more picture loaded post! Hope you all have a great Monday!