I’m not one of those people that goes out on a long Sunday drive or “tour” but I thought today would be a good day for a bit of a blog tour! My friend Heather from Mmm is for Mommy (who I get to hang out with tomorrow!!!) picked me last week as part of a blog tour (which is pretty much like the blog version of a chain letter) so here I am ready to dish the goods in my answers to the tour questions.
Let’s get started shall we?
1. What am I working on?
Who knows. Seriously though, I’m in the very early (very early) stages of developing a nutrition (and possibly fitness) program that will be available online for clients. I’m only one girl and can only do so much, so I’m hoping this will be a good option for people who need some direction and support but don’t necessarily require one-on-one attention with a trainer. I will of course be there to answer questions and give support, but not in the same way I would be if you were training with me in person.
I’m also working on my vlogging skills. I was doing really well but sorta fell off the bus the past few weeks and need to get back at it. Part of the issue is I don’t like using my phone and the video recorder in my camera isn’t all that great so I need to sort that situation out.
2. How does my work differ from others of the genre?
I’m real and totally imperfect. I’ve never adhered to the “standard” of healthy or fitness bloggers because I based my site on the fact that while I like to eat healthy stuff most of the time, I’m not going to pretend that I don’t eat crap sometimes. Back when I started blogging in 2007 fitness bloggers absolutely did not talk about eating cake, chocolate bars or chips. And that’s just not real. None of us are “perfect” and I wanted to bring some honesty back to the genre. Thankfully now a days there are lots of fitness bloggers who profess their love for cookies, chips, etc. so I’m not a lone reed ( <–bonus points if you get that reference) but starting out I felt very much alone!
3. How do I write/create what I do?
I don’t have a strict editorial calendar or anything like that. I try to put out a couple posts/week and vary the topics covered but that’s about it. I enjoy sharing recipes, but mostly the blog is just me talking about whatever is on my mind. Because this is also a place where I talk about my struggles with my health you can often find posts on what is and isn’t working for me in that regard. Then of course there is the big Zumba section which is a really popular section of the site, and I’m glad it has proven to be so helpful for people!
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Most of the time I don’t have a process. I just sit down and write about whatever I’ve decided to write about that day. Like I mention above I don’t have much of a process, and unless it’s a sponsored post I generally don’t even re-read or do a spelling or grammar check (which is a total no-no by the way). I don’t usually have a lot of time when writing so I figure a post with a few mistakes in it is better than no post at all. So if you have been wondering if I can actually spell or know any grammar at all, I can assure you I do 😉
For the most part I write my posts directly into WordPress. I use to use WLW but then I moved to a Mac so that was a no go. I have Mars Edit but have found it just as easy to right directly on the platform. However, now that I’ve been reminded of MarsEdit I might give it another go.
Most of my pictures are taken with my sad little iPhone 4, unless they are press pics that were taken by a professional. Sometimes I use my Sony CyberShot but not too often. I am hoping to upgrade my camera in the next year (but that has been my hope for about 5 years so…)
Now it’s my turn to name a few bloggers in hopes that they will continue on with the tour!
Treadmill Runway – My friend Courtney and I met back in 2012 in NYC, and since then she has lost a lot of weight, I thought she looked great then and now I don’t know if I’ll even recognize her the next time i see her in person!
Running Tall – Erin is another Canadian blogger, and I can’t help but love her since she’s a runner, does yoga and teaches Zumba just like moi! And I’m jealous because she managed to grow a few inches taller than me, I’m still annoyed that I stopped growing at 5 foot 9. I really wanted to be 6 feet tall…
Mommy Miracles – I just love Laura so much! And she’s even cuter than usual because she’s currently got a baby brewing away in her belly! And she’s a Nova Scotian blogger which also tickels my fancy (and I’m really hoping I get to see her tomorrow too!). She was one of my guest bloggers last week, and you’ve seen her picture lots of times because we have a pre-race photo tradition so she’s shown up in many of my race re-caps. And we have plans to take Team in Training by storm some year soon and run a fun race together!
So that’s it for my stop on the blog tour – I hope you enjoyed it 🙂