|where i write a majority of my posts|
this blog tour comes with no strings attached (that i know of) and i have an iPod now, not a walkman, so my technology should be safe.
this post is supposed to be all about the blog writing process. i teach about this topic as it pertains to an organization in my classes, but this is more about personal blogging. so here goes ...
1. what am i working on?
i'm not sure i fully understand this question, but i will do my best to answer. right now, i am working on all things student publications. this week holds yearbook distribution day as well as the last issue of the school newspaper. being an adviser, my role is minimal, but i still help copy edit and stress out right along with my staff members. this is an exciting time in our office and i couldn't be more proud of my amazing staff.
i am also working on a freelance project for an organization based out of columbus. i am working on their new organizational blog and that, of course, debuts this week as well. it has been a fun project, but has required me digging out old files from my indesign cs2 days. what fun it has been to export all of these files into cs6 (is the sarcasm transferring across the inter webs???). i love this company and have loved working for them and i really hope they love their new site.
what i have not been working on is my blog. oops ... for some reason, personal writing tends to be the last thing on my to do list. but come summer, i will be right back to blogging semi regularly ... when i'm not poolside ... or on vacation. so you might hear from me once or twice.
2. how does my work differ from others of its genre?
my blog is technically a lifestyle blog, although i am not advocating that someone should take tips from my blog on how to live their life. that actually made me laugh out loud at the thought! i mostly started this blog as a way for my family to keep up with what nate, kevin and i are up to in arkansas. they read pretty regularly (way to go dad!), but my biggest demographic has actually been my students. which is fun, but also strange when one of them comes up and talks to me about what i did over the weekend. or how much they liked my sweater in that post from two years ago. i think that dynamic is what makes my blog unique.
3. why do i write what i do?
for those of you who know me in real life, i tend to be a bit scattered. for those of you who only know me through this blog, i tend to be a bit scattered. i write what i do because that is how my brain works (or doesn't work). i write things that are interesting to me, and i write things because i haven't posted in three weeks and feel like i should write something. i also write about the things i love. which apparently are netflix, nate and kevin (but maybe not in that order). i would love to have theme days, but i can't keep a schedule from week to week. blogging for me is an escape from daily life and a way to keep up with my writing. i used to keep a diary (seriously great reading for anyone who is interested), so now this is how i keep track of my life. i also don't have a great memory, so i think of this as a record for future katie as well.
4. how does your writing process work?
at the very start of my blog, i kept a journal with ideas to make sure i could make it through a whole month of blogging. since i ran through this list, i now get ideas from things i am doing or places i am going. since i don't do much or go many places, i also rely on ideas from things i read or other blogs i am inspired by. i love #tbt because old pictures of friends and family are a great thing to put on the internet. most of the time, i think about an idea for several days and then wait till i feel like writing and then just do the whole thing in one sitting. i rarely go back and edit (and i know you can tell), but i edit all of the time for my job and just don't like to edit personal writing. maybe i will hire someone to edit for me one day. that is the absolute worst thing a teacher can ever say, but there it is. if i re-read too many times, i know it's not a good post so i scrap it. usually, i like what i have written on the first go and then don't look back. some posts are good and others just ok. the most popular ones tend to include nate. i guess since i talk all the time, people want to hear from the quiet guy next to me. i get that. nate is pretty weird and interesting.
i did not tag anyone else in this blog tour, mainly because all of my blog friends have already done something similar. and i really don't have that many friends.
hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at kate+nate.