Thanks to Karen at days and months for inviting me to participate in today’s blog tour.
Karen and I have been bloggy friends since we met through Blogging 101, a WordPress class. She hails from the Gold Coast of Australia.
Days and Months features Karen’s amazing photography. Sometimes after I see her photos, I want to give up on ever taking photos again because hers are beyond the scope of what I think I could ever produce. I told her this one time and what did she do? She helped me by providing tutorial links and equipment tips. I now own a wide-angle lens thanks to her and have studied up on technique. I’m no Karen, but I have improved thanks to her! Check out her blog!!
And now for the Virtual Blog Tour questions:
What am I working on?
I started my blog after one of my daughters called me out for teaching writing, but not actually doing any writing myself. Ouch!!
Pretty much the ultimate insult you can ever throw at any teacher is this: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. –George Bernard Shaw
I don’t think this is even close to being true because that’s not why the majority of people go into teaching. Amongst the educators I know, teaching is a choice and not a back up plan for failed dreams.
My blog started out without a focus and continues to move in that direction. Everything I read about blogging said, “You have to find a niche to be a successful blogger!”
For example, you could be:
- A mommy blogger
- A photography blogger
- A music blogger
- A food blogger
- A teacher blogger
- A DIY blogger
- A health and nutrition blogger
- A humor blogger
- A blogger who blogs to make money
- A travel blogger
- A creative writing blogger
- Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
This stressed me out for a while and then I decided to be true to my wishy-washy self. Basically, I don’t like to be tied down so I write about whatever I want. If it’s on my mind or inspiring to me at the moment, it’s probably going to show up in my blog.
So, to answer the original question: What am I working on? Whatever I want.
How does my blog differ from others of its genre?
Hmmm…this is a toughy. The main differences I see are these:
- I tend to overuse the exclamation point!!!! Yes, I know this makes me appear shouty and juvenile to some, but I think they are friendly and provide needed emphasis to whatever I am saying. My seemingly haphazard use of the exclamation point is actually purposeful. Depending on the number of !!! you see at the end of a sentence, it’s easy to determine just how happy and excited I am about what I’m writing!! How awesome is that??
- I add in loads of pictures and gifs. And the bigger the better!! This is a problem sometimes. Well meaning family members have told me that it can be distracting and takes away from the words. I’m trying to cut down on this.
- I like to use colored fonts in my blog posts. I think the pictures and colored fonts are a result of teaching middle school. It is important to be entertaining while teaching otherwise you lose your audience rather quickly. Sometimes I forget that the attention span of my blogging audience is most likely longer than that of a 13 or 14 year old.
Why do I create what I do?
Check out my About Page for the answer to this one!
How does your creative process work?
- I come up with an idea that I think is brilliant.
- I start writing and the focus of my idea completely changes from what I thought I wanted to write about. This happens almost every time!! I think this is really cool because it shows you that writing is really just thinking on paper.
- I proofread it 43 times.
- I paste it into WordPress and hit save a lot.
- Next I think of a fun and catchy title. Or a boring one if my brain is dead.
- Now, I begin “fluffing” my blog. People have told me this is a vulgar and inappropriate term that is used widely in the porn industry. Well, to me it means adding pictures and colored fonts. I will continue to fluff my blog despite the negative connotations of this word.
- I preview my blog and make minor adjustments 72 times to make sure it looks just right.
- I proofread the blog and captions 3 more times from the preview screen. I HATE typos.
- Tag and hit Publish!!!
- Look it over on my home page and immediately find one or two more typos. Ugh! Correct them and put my computer away.
- Ha ha…. Actually I check obsessively for likes and comments for a while!!!
What is a quote or two that sums you up?
Here are two blogs that you MUST visit!
Dandelion Fuzz– Kat is a wonderful blogger I met while we were both participating in Blogging 101. She has three sons and is truly one of the most inspiring people I have ever “met.” I know we would be friends if we lived near one another. Her blog focuses on a huge transformation her family went through several years ago. Kat and her family found out who their real friends were during this time period and also became an incredibly tight family unit as they supported one another. Kat is a wonderful mother and I have learned so much from her about unconditional love, standing up for your family, and transgender issues. (Location: Midwestern United States)
jump into the fog– Let’s meet Miki, my favorite teen blogger…actually one of my very favorite bloggers period. Miki blows me away with her exceptional talent for writing and I hope she remembers me someday when she’s famous. She is funny and expressive and sarcastic and imaginative and intelligent. Also, she’s an amazing pianist. Miki hates athletics so don’t expect to see her in the Olympics or anything. (Location: Great Britain)
Here are a few of my favorite Miki posts:
schadenfreude– Creative Writing
You are not special– Harsh, but excellent advice for teens
Asians on tour– Trip to Stonehenge…very funny!