I was recently invited by Lana at Two Teens and Their Mama to participate in a blog tour. You may have seen some other bloggers answer these questions as part of this tour already, and not to be left out, here are my answers. I have also invited 2 other bloggers to join in next week. This is my first blog hop, and it’s kind of like a chain letter except you never receive the 100 pairs of underwear from around the globe that you were promised. Wait, that never happens with a chain letter either.
What am I working on? – I am currently ignoring my little chicken coop in the blogosphere to work on another project near and dear to my heart, called Beyond your blog. This is my new site launching in August, that will give bloggers the inside scoop on submitting their writing for publication on websites, online magazines and anthologies. I am currently lining up my calendar for written interviews and podcasts to be published in the month of August, including blogger success stories and editor conversations. The site will also include submission opportunities and resources, all with the end goal of helping bloggers GET READ beyond their own blog. Being published on other sites has been one of the things I have gotten the biggest benefit and enjoyment out of since I started blogging about 6 months ago, and I wanted to share that with other bloggers who want to expand their reach. Be sure to leave your email address on our launch page to get updates! (a post with more info about this is coming soon!)
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’m sure that my work is both similar and different than others in my genre. Specifically, I have my signature Friday series about funny Craigslist Ads that is unique to my blog. Going back to when I first started my blog, one of the things I think is probably different about me is that I had never read a blog before I started blogging. I only started reading them to network and spread the word about my blog (I know, I’m like a leach) and then learned to love reading them.
Why do I write/create what I do? I’ll be honest. I have what I call attention seeking behavior, or ASB. I like attention in most forms and blogging gives that to me. Like anyone (blogger or not) I want to be heard (yep, I got that from Oprah) and my blog lets me do that. It also gives me a place of my own that isn’t covered with old french fries and marker caps.
What is your writing process? I tend to think of ideas for posts as I go about my day and will jot them down or throw them into a WordPress draft if I have my computer nearby. I have a calendar for when I want to publish posts and will consult my list if I don’t have something preplanned. This seems to work pretty well for me. I usually write a quick outline, and then go back and put it together. Finally I reread it 20 times until I am sick of it and publish it just to get it out of my site. I feel naked having just revealed all of this.
Thanks for reading! Now its time for me to roll out the red carpet for the 2 awesome bloggers I am passing the torch to for next week. Check out their blogs and visit them next Monday to read their answers to the writing questions.
Sarah Day from Parent Your Business – Sarah blogs about parenting, teens, family life, working at home, and sometimes management. Blogging gives her endless opportunity to wreak revenge on her spouse and three children for their daily foibles, and provides the right-brained balance to her left-brained day job – writing copy for clients in technology, healthcare, and financial services.
Elizabeth Catalano from Zoe vs. the Universe – Elizabeth is a writer and mother of one evil mastermind living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently working on a novel called Becoming the Girl Detective about a girl who makes a deal with God to become Nancy Drew to save her brother’s life. She’s also working on a collection of stories tentatively titled Prove You’re Not A Robot. Her short story “News from My Father” won the Robert Olen Butler Award, and was published in an anthology by Del Sol Press. She has also had stories published by upstreet and swink, and a portion of her novel published by The Drum Literary Magazine.
I’m looking forward to reading their stops on the blog tour next week.