A big thank you to one of my favs, the absolutely hilarious Amy from Fitness Meets Frosting (Seriously, if you don’t already read her blog, check her out!) for asking me to participate in the Writing Process Tour. The idea behind the tour, is for bloggers to share their process, and spread the love so we can learn from each other!
My Writing Process
My first reaction is “Ha! What “Process”” After a moment’s reflection however, the truth is, there is a method to the madness, and one that is constantly evolving.
What I truly love about blogging, and CCR is that despite ever tip out there, I do not have to pigeon hole my blog objective.
My goal is to share my healthy-living related passions in a useful format. I have many other passions, I’m looking at you travel!, however, I have chosen to write and share my perspective on food and my fitness passion, running.
I follow a very loose weekly structure. I usually blog Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mondays are often weekend recaps, Fridays, Five Things Friday, and Wednesdays what ever I happen to feel like writing about, typically food or running…shocking I know ;). This structure provides two primary benefits:
- Structure helps me generate blog ideas .
- Structured posts prompt me to include little bits of my personal life outside of food and fitness, something I shy away of without that structure, and still struggle to incorporate.
Structured posts happen in outline form. Over the course of a few days, I will outline a skeleton of what I want to include, and as I decide what I want to write about, fill in the skeleton with the storyline, pictures, and hyperlinks.
Non-Structured posts tend to happen in well, word vomit form. Generally, I return from a weekend run outdoors, and am bursting at the seams with some fascinating (to my endorphin pumped brain) concept that I simply must share. Before I have even removed my sweat filled shoes, voila! I have the most brilliant post CCR has ever produced!
After a change of clothes (heaven forbid I actually shower post-run, Ha!) and breakfast, I realize that said brilliant work of art makes absolutely no sense and needs a lot of editing. Over the course of a few days editing will happen.
Recipes happen in much the same way, but with a little more focus. After testing a recipe for the second time, while the food turns cold, I input all of the ingredients, portions, and instructions so they are perfectly fresh in my mind! Over the course of a few days, I will edit and write the story behind the recipe as the introduction.
Once a post has been published, I will share it on social Facebook and Twitter once. Many people will promote a post multiple times to catch different audiences. Frankly, I find this annoying, so I share only once. I also share recipes on Instagram and of course, Pinterest!
We all love pictures…um hello Instagram! I am a horrid blogger in that I dislike taking pictures. Having them is wonderful, but taking them, not so much. I like to include at least one picture per post, preferably more.
I do not own a camera, instead almost all of my pictures are taken with my iphone. My go-to photo editing tool is the app Snapspeed. I cannot recommend an app more highly. It take pictures from this, to this!
To add text, I use PicMonkey, a free editing tool which users can pay to upgrade to access additional features.
So there ya have it folks, how Candy Crazed Run comes to be! You may have noticed that I (finally) purchased my domain, see ya later.wordpress! Let me know if you would be interested in a post on my blogging platform of choice/why I am not self hosted etc!
Now, the fun part! Please be sure to check out four far more interesting bloggers than I, the wonderful Amy @ Fitness Meets Frosting, Olena @ Candies and Crunches, Karen @ The Mile Report, and my hometown fav, Jenn @ Runs With Pugs!
Do you blog? Do you keep a Journal?
Do you enjoy writing?
Do you have a writing process? How would you describe your style?
Stream of conscious for sure!