Up until a couple of months ago I had never heard of a blog hop. My blog up until recently has been an extension of my online shop Sew Crafty Living – a place for me to talk mostly about my craft projects and tutorials, my bricks and mortar shop and the workshops I run there with the occasional lifestyle piece. That was until I did the Blog With Pip course.
To say it has changed the way I blog would be an understatement. To say it has changed my life wouldn’t be too far fetched either. What it’s brought to me is a group of people I now call friends who are part of a community that support, encourage and push each other. One of the beautiful ladies I’ve met on this journey is the gorgeous Karen Lynch from Petal and Leaf. Pop over and have a look at her blog. She is a woman after my own heart. She has a love of crafting, vintage and lovely things.
So Karen asked me to participate in a blog hop and naturally I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I am super keen to be involved in anything that will help my blog progress. It wasn’t until later that I realised what I’d signed up for. Number one : find out what a blog hop is (it is a post on a topic that a number of bloggers join in on and pass along). OK good – easy enough. Number two : the topic. I was to write a blog post on Why I Write. Oh dear, what have I done. I actually don’t even consider myself a writer.
But of course I am a writer. I write all the time (and I’m not just talking about the endless lists). For as long as I can remember I’ve kept a journal, I’ve scrapbooked, I’ve recorded details of my day to day life. I wrote an entire travel blog detailing our two month European holiday – and people read it! I love to tell stories. I have a background in graphic design, marketing and communications so a large part of my job was, of course, writing and editing. I’ve also felt for a very long time that a have a book in me. I do have a story to tell and my life is relatively interesting. So yes I am a writer.
What am I working on?
Being a crafty/arty right brainer I seem to have a never ending list of projects that I am working on – always! What is occupying my time right now : this blog and my writing skills, my online shop (ordering new stock, tweaking, updating), my bricks and mortar shop (all of the above), organising upcoming craft and sewing workshops (this is my fave), creating craft tutorials, the Inspiration Information course with Pip Lincolne (oh my! – you really should do this), decluttering my home, endless craft projects (including my latest obsession : paper cutting), and I am thinking about writing a craft book e-book. Phew!
How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
This is a tough one because I’m not sure what genre I belong to. I’m not one for allocating tidy boxes for areas of my life so I’m hesitant to slot myself and my blog into a specific genre. For one thing it has changed in recent months. What used to be a crafting blog has become so much more since doing the Blog with Pip course. I guess it could be called a lifestyle blog. I have a great admiration for my fellow bloggers. It is a commitment to blog on a regular basis and we all have something worthwhile to say but underlying that is that we all have our own personal story to tell. So I guess my writing differs from others because it comes from me. And I am an individual, I am unique and I have my story to tell.
Why do I write what I do?
Again if you’d asked me this question just a couple of months ago my answer would have something along the lines of ‘because I have to’. I have to write regular craft and tutorial posts for the sake of my online website. Fast forward to now and the answer is very different. So I am discovering something about myself and that is I really, really love to write. I love the process. I love gathering my ideas and thoughts and getting them down and I love sharing these thoughts with the world. And I guess because I am writing about my love of crafts, diy, design and lifestyle topics it is easy to do. These are areas of my life that I am passionate about so the words come out very naturally.
How does my writing process work?
Like any creative process I need to be in the right space – physically and mentally. I have a space in my home that is just for me (lucky I know) and this is where I like to get creative; be it sewing, crafting, making or writing. Just being in this space puts me in the right frame of mind because I am surrounded by so much inspiration. Pictures, tools, sewing machine, quotes, yarn (and more yarn), paper, paints (yes enough for another small shop). I never try to force my writing. I keep a notebook full of ideas for blog topics and I’ll browse these topics and see what grabs me. I love searching for the right images to go with these topics.
And then sometimes I will have an idea that just needs to get out there so there isn’t so much a process but rather a whirlwind of creative energy. Both ways work well for me and suit the mood I’m in. And of course I’m discovering new things about myself and the way I work may very well change and adapt accordingly. And that’s OK with me! What I do know and have discovered is that it is a new joyful thing for me, this writing gig, and makes me very happy! So I think I’ll stick with it.
Now I would like to introduce you to the three wonderful fellow bloggers I’ve met through my blogging journey. They have joined in with me on this Blog Hop and I will now pass the baton along. Please follow the links and read their stories. And be sure to check back in next week to read their “Why I Write” post….
- Anya from Clear Design Studio : jewellery designer and maker, blogger and mumma to two big people and a little miss. Evidence based scientist and a wife-to-be, now confident in saying: “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”.
- Leah from Miss Pippilotta : Leah is a Melbourne girl who is new to the blogging world. She has a few degrees and diplomas up her sleeve, including a specialty in infectious diseases, but the one she loved the most was studying Professional Writing and Editing, where she discovered her style of writing is quirky. She loves sewing, knitting, indie music, dancing and riding her peach-coloured biked named Nancy. She can’t wait to share her crafty, musical and general life misadventures with you.
- Georgia from Mrs Smith : Mrs Smith is a teller of homely tales from a small southern island. She is a mother of three children, a scruffy dog and the wife to a luthier. What began eight and a half years ago as a blog about craft attempts, neurotic motherhood, the madness of parenting small children but really tells the story of a woman trying to figure out who to be, has endured to become the outlet of expression for a woman who is beginning to know who she is. “I like to think of ‘Mrs Smith’ as a quiet space, to speak my truths and share them with anyone who stumbles upon them out there on the internet ether.”
Thank you for reading and thank you again to Karen for inviting me along on my very first Blog Hop. Do you like to write? I would love to hear your stories. xx
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