I was tagged in a little blog hop this week by a new blogger friend of mine called Lisa from Twins, Tiara's and Tantrums. We got talking when I discovered she lives literally 10 minutes down the road from me...small world!
This blog hop is called Why Do I Write and was started to let our readers know a bit more about us as writers and why we do what we do. So here we go, first question... 1. Why do I write? Can I say because I love it?
When I first started Late For Reality it was a bit of fun, I knew a couple of other people that had their own blogs and just saw it as a little diary to share my life with the world. An extension of social media statuses if you like. But as I got in to it I realised I had a true passion for writing and I was able to share my thoughts on all sorts of things. Then, when I discovered I was pregnant, I realised I could use blogging as a way to document my pregnancy, our family life and my thoughts as a Mother.
2. What am I working on? I am currently planning a Midlands meet up for local bloggers called Big Night Out. In my 'Real Life' job I am a training course co-ordinator but planning a blogging event is a whole other ball game! I am really enjoying it and it is set to be a great night.
Another area I am discovering is the world of Youtube and hope to be doing much more vlogging in the coming months.
I am going to be attending lots of events such as The Good Food Show, The Baby Show and BlogCamp (by Tots100) where I hope to meet lots of amazing people, learn more about writing and photography to improve my blog content.
3. How does my blog differ from others of its genre? I am not too sure which genre my blog falls in to. This is something I have been battling with for a while now. I class it as 'Parenting and Lifestyle' but I don't tend to do the whole weekly/monthly development updates most #pbloggers (parent bloggers) do about their child. Mine are perhaps more as and when posts when I want to share something we are particularly proud of or perhaps concerned about.
I blog about days out and holidays but I'm not a travel blogger. I write about food and recipe's but am not a food blogger. Sometimes I even venture in to beauty and fashion but #bblogger or #fblogger don't seem right for me either.
Perhaps I am a whatever feels right at the time blogger - #WFRATTBlogger
4. How does my writing process work?
Mostly I am prompted by things we get up to in our daily lives. If I cook something I think people will like I will write the recipe up. If I visit somewhere I think my readers might want to hear about I blog about it and if we get approached by a brand with a great product review I will share our honest opinion of the product.
I guess as far as the writing side of it goes I literally let my fingers type what I am thinking. Sometimes it is utter rubbish but that is how I am in daily life so feel my readers have a right to know the real me.
I rarely edit things out other than spelling mistakes (I suck at apostrophe's), nothing I say is very offensive because I am not an offensive person, so not much need for editing. The only boundaries I do have are mentioning friends and family on the blog. I always check with people before sharing pictures of them or including them in posts because I think it is courteous to.
Just because I am happy for my life to be on the wibbly wobbly world wide web doesn't mean I have a right to share anyone elses. The same with Ted, if he comes to me in a few years time and says 'Mum, I don't want you to write about me anymore.' I will take down all of my posts/photo's and respect his wishes.
I know a lot of bloggers that think it is acceptable to say whatever they like as if it is their God given right as a blogger, no matter who it may hurt. That isn't me in real life so it will not be me on the internet...no trolls here!
I hope these questions have given you a small insight into my life behind Late For Reality and you know a bit more about Jade the writer as much as you do Jade the Mum.