Christy at kidsrsimple.com invited me to join this blog hop about writing processes. She is a fulltime working mother residing in Singapore, and I enjoy her posts as she introduces many options for families in Singapore, has pretty organised ways to deal with the everyday life (and good tips) and also deals with raising multilingual children. I like her positive, practical and energetic outlook on life.
As I realised this blog hop is about writing processes, I first thought “hm, do I have any ‘process’?”! My blog is mainly about sharing ideas and experiences, most posts are short and based on my every day life or what I hear or see in it. Typically I don’t do a lot of research for them (but I may do some research before I do something I later end up blogging about). I don’t even think of myself as a writer. I started to write because I thought there are so many things to create a fun life with that does not cost much but it seemed to me not everyone finds those options.
Initially I thought I’d gather a few ideas and then stop. But then I found the world of blogging, and a number of interesting blogs. I’ve learned heaps. Blogs give me a peak in other cultures from a personal perspective, something I’ve always found fascinating. And my blog gave me a new angle on what is going on; I started to pay more attention to other free things.
Usually I think of something, often save the theme in drafts on my mobile, and then write the post when I have an inspiration (and the time) to do so. A very simple process! Typically I come back to proof read the post later before sending it but not always.
In my blog I’ve decided to focus mainly on affordable activities, crafts, events and travels, therefore I have an index page for all of those too. The emphasis between the four main themes varies, in the summer we are more out and about, there is more time (holidays) and more light, before festivities and in the dark evenings we do more crafts. Most of events and activities we go to or try are naturally where we live, in Helsinki. As I am now on my holidays, the next posts will have more other locations in them too. I didn’t mean to create a mummy blog but since my free time is mainly spent with my two young children, quite naturally the things we do are family friendly.
I don’t really know how to compare my blog to others in the same genre, I think my combination is pretty unique… but I enjoy a large variety of blogs too: I enjoy travel blogs, crafts blogs, and blogs that give me an insight to other cultures or the practices of other multilingual families.
At the end I am to introduce the blogger that I pass this writing challenge on to: Nancy at My Year of Sweat has been an inspiration to me. She initially gave herself a year to become fit and healthy, and is now continuing on that road. As a fulltime working mum I’ve struggled to find enough time/motivation to exercise, even though it for me is just about organising the time. Reading Nancy’s blog reminds and motivates me to keep myself active too. But she also has a good wit and interesting adventures… You should take look at her blog and also read about her writing process on July 7th!