Last week I got a lovely email from the even lovelier Taylor from Due East asking me to take part in a little blogging chain. I love the little blogging community I’m part of so I’m always up for a little linkie love! Do check out Taylor’s post as well – she’s such an awesome blogger that it’s great to be inspired by her.
So in this blogger ‘chain mail’, I have to answer the following questions:
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
- Why do I write what I do?
- How does your writing process work?
Well, right now I’m in a bit of a pickle. Since I’ve moved back to the UK, I feel a bit lost as to what my category is, since I’m technically not an expat blogger any more. However, I do still travel from time to time, and I do still talk about culture and culture shock. I’m still trying to settle my blog into my new life, and trying to still come up with ideas that are fresh and interesting for my readers.
I was one of a gazillion expat bloggers in Germany, but I think I stood out because I liked to focus on writing up guides on how to live abroad. That’s what started it all for me – I wrote about how easy it was to live in Japan as a foreigner, that I carried it on in Germany. Now, I’m not sure where I sit, to be honest. Like I said, I need to settle a bit, and find time to write down my adventures. I have a few really awesome new posts coming up, including a really awesome brand-based post (my first!) so I hope the people who read my blog will enjoy the new style as I find it.
I write about life – I’m not a kind of blogger who shows only her best photos and shows her life to be completely perfect. I hope people read my blog and see my honesty when I write about culture shock, about the difficulties I faced when I was abroad, and again now that I’m back home again. I want to show people that it’s totally OK to feel loneliness, or to feel such anger for your host country. When I write posts like that I’m always overwhelmed by the people who contact me and say that they feel the same way too, and that they are so glad they don’t feel like they’re on their own with it.
As for my writing process – I have a notebook wherever I go, and in my notebook I have LOADS of notes for future posts. I always have a post at hand to write up. I also have a bookmark folder of posts that I liked the idea of, so I can do my favourite “I read so-and-so’s post and it was awesome, so here’s my take on it!” I love being able to share the work of the bloggers I love so much, while being inspired to write.
I usually create a load of draft posts with just notes – sometimes just a link – and then when I have time (usually on Sunday afternoons) I write up a bunch of posts all at once. The thing that takes the most time is making a photoshop pretty picture to go with the post, since my little old Mac is OH SO SLOW when having to run the program.
There are so many blogs I love with bloggers I admire so much, but I have three bloggers that I’d love to know what happens behind the blogging curtain:
Mrs Ralf, who is an expat blogger in Germany. She’s a teacher at an international school and has the most thought provoking posts. At times I try to imitate her high-brow blogging style, so I’d love to know what her writing process is.
Alexiantouillia is actually my snail mail buddy!! I’ve been reading her blog for a while now and love how friendly and open she is in her writing. I’m so lucky to have her as a writing/blogger friend.
Lastly, there’s my blogger buddy Eating in Wiesbaden, who, along with Mrs Ralf, I met up with a few months ago, before I left Germany. Such a cool woman, and such a cool blog, I would, again, love to know how she works it all!
Do please click through to the bloggers above and also to Due East – support the blogging world with your clicks! I can’t wait to see what the tagged ladies say in reply!