My Blogging Writing Process


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:

  1. What am I working on?
  2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
  3. Why do I write what I do?
  4. 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!


  1. Love this! Saving up a bunch of inspirational posts is a good idea – I’ll have to start doing it myself!

  2. It is really great that you share with us how you & your blog work!
    Thank you for the tag, Charlotte! I’m excited to share, hopefully I make sense lol!

    Will link you when I get it up! <3
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  3. I know what you mean – I had no idea what I would write about when I stopped being an expat, but it seems to have turned into a bunch of girl stuff and rants. Which I love. And I’m the same with drafts, whenever I find something interesting, I just save the link in a post!
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  4. I love reading your blog, and I like that you don’t try to come across as completely perfect (I feel like trying to do that would be a bit too exhausting) I do the same thing with draft posts! It helps me get my ideas down so I don’t forget them!
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    • Charlotte says:

      Aww thank you. I really love your blog too. So many bloggers just have this image of being perfect – such an airbrushed life!
      If I don’t write ideas down then they fall out my head so quickly…

  5. This is great! I was just nominated by a friend as well (haven’t posted yet), and I love reading all these. So fascinating to see how differently people go about their writing.

    Also, I’m in the same boat you are. I lived in Taiwan for a year teaching, but got home a year ago. While there I was blogging about Taiwan and my adventures and it was so NICE to have an aim and a goal and a plan. But since I got back and have started school again…it’s hard to know what to write about. I found something (motivation/inspiration), but it was a bit of a conundrum for a while.

    Anyway, I’m glad to meet you and I can’t wait to read more of your blog. 😀

    • Oh wow, teaching in Taiwan must have been an awesome adventure! I’ll bookmark your blog so I can get inspiration on the things I can write as an ex-expat!

  6. I’m about to go through the same sort of identity crisis, I think, since I won’t be an expat-blogger any more after October. I don’t know whether I’ll end this blog or continue it in some altogether new fashion. I’m always interested in seeing how other people make the transition back, and your posts on that have been very interesting to me.
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