Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Lauren’s Glass Slipper – My Blog Writing Process

Last Friday I was nominated by the lovely Meranda and Lacey of Fairytales and Fitness to write a little bit about the ‘behind the scenes’ part of this blog – my writing process. But before I get started I want to thank you both very much! I know you could have chosen many other writers, and I am honored to have been picked!

What I must do

- Acknowledge the blogger/blog that invited you to the Tour.
– Answer some questions about your blogging process
– Choose 3 bloggers to plug, give a short bio of the blogs and link to their sites.

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The Questions

1. What am I working on?

An interesting question – what am I working on for this blog, or in my own life? I’ll just answer both!

While I am not working on any one thing in particular for my blog, I am brainstorming how I want to format a series I’d like to begin that shows how I balance clean eating and food budgeting. I am also working on putting together my last couple posts regarding the end of my physical therapy sessions and run gait analysis for my ITBS injury. I feel as though since I have been through it, I would like to share what I have learned to maybe help someone avoid this situation in the future.

As for my life, I am just working on creating balance. I have extensive career aspirations as well as fitness goals, but always want to make sure that I put my family first. I also want to make sure that I do not pass up opportunities that come my way. Sometimes I have a fear of change; it’s not the ‘change’ itself but the uncertainties of how it can affect mine and Robert’s life. But I have a bigger fear of looking back in 5 or 10 years wondering ‘what if’ so to put all fears aside and truly go for something great is what I always hope to have the courage to do in my life!

2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?

There are a lot of people who write about their trials and tribulations with running and even their love of runDisney. The way my blog may differ from others is how my own thoughts are turned to words, and the fact that nobody will ever have the exact same journey in life, training, and races that I do – I think the following quote sums it up!

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3. Why do I write what I do?

I have a few passions in life – two of which are running and Disney. I began this blog with hopes of creating the very thing I wanted when I began my running career: information and first hand experience. While I was training for the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon (my very first long distance race), I desperately wanted all the information I could get about this race weekend to help me plan and put to rest the nervousness that came with anticipation. After running, I realized that I could contribute to the blogging world to help others find what they needed/wanted to know about running and training! It has morphed into even more though – while I enjoy writing about my journey in life and running, a huge part of what keeps me here is reading about each of your journeys!

4. How does  my writing process work?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t really have much of a process. If I ever get an idea of something to write, I text it to myself or put it in a title in Live Writer as a reminder to write about it when I get my thoughts and inspiration together. When I begin writing, I’ll type little notes as a basis of where to start and go within the post itself (kind of like an outline) then write and edit once or twice. Sometimes I’ll have Robert go through my posts just to make sure he doesn’t see any changes that need to be made as well.

My Nominees

There are so many of you that I would love to hear from, but alas, I can only pick 3 – my nominees are: Michele @ A Pace of Balance, Courtney @ Running for Cupcakes, and Rebecca @ Press On and Run!

QOTD: Pick one of these questions and answer it in the comments section below!

26 comments

  1. Thanks Lauren! I have to hop on this because it's something I NEED to think about. Our writing process sounds similar :) This is a good chance for me to reassess my blogging purpose in life :)

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    1. You're welcome! I always love your posts, so I am looking forward to seeing what your process is!

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  2. I love this post! That is a great graphic you used! I'd love to hear more about your career aspirations. I'm not trying to be nosey but like I mentioned earlier I am contemplating some changes in my life and sometimes it's nice to take a look at the changes that others want to make as well. Just like your race quote says " we all run the same road but our journeys are different". I think that is so true for life too, but sometimes there is comfort knowing that others are on that same road with us. Okay maybe this is getting a little deep this morning...lol. feel free to email me! -M

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    1. Thanks Meranda! :0) We should definitely chat soon. I am curious to hear what kind of changes you are thinking about making!

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  3. Interesting to learn more about you. I just decided to do a run gait analysis as well so I am interested to read about how yours went and what you learned.

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    1. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with the run gait analysis. When do you get yours done?

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  4. Thank you for the nomination! This is such a different award from the rest, and I'm excited to post about it :)

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    1. You're welcome! I liked how different it was than other awards too!

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  5. I love learning more about the blogs I enjoy reading and the bloggers behind them!
    You have a great blog! Sometimes I do the same thing as you with an idea, I'll text it to myself or write a short email paragraph and send it to myself to work on later:)

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    1. Thank you Kristy! :0) Sending a quick text works great for wherever you are and definitely helps jog my memory for when I sit down to write!

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  6. Congrats Lauren. It is interesting to read how other people work on/write their blogs. I think we are much more a fly by the seat of your pants blog. Of course, we do schedule plenty of post in advance, but then something might happen and we need to write about it!

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    1. Exactly! Never know when something may pop up!

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  7. I loved reading this Lauren and can't wait to hear more about your gait analysis and your career aspirations. And you are so right, we may all run the same road but its never the same for any of us! I too don't have a writing process, I love that there are so many of us like that out there ;)

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    1. Yes! I thought I was out of the ordinary for not having a set process, but apparently it is more common than I realized! :0)

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  8. It's been so cool to get in everyone's process in this...
    now I'm scared to discover my own :)

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    1. I am excited to read about your process! :0)

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  9. I've been liking reading people's posts about this! I really like that your process seems really laid back, just as mine is. Sometimes, it's just as good to go with the flow as it is to plan it all out.

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    1. Laid back = better writing for me. Usually I am very Type A but writing my blog posts is kind of my more flexible outlet!

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  10. I love this series of seeing how people's blog's work behind the scenes. :) I can't wait to hear about the gait analysis!

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    1. I'd love to hear more about your process Jess! I always love your posts!

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    1. It definitely was a lot of fun to write this post!

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  12. How fun! Love getting a little behind-the-scenes peek at your blog :)

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  13. Great post! It's neat to read about the processes that others go through! You're right, we are all on a different journey and even though we may write about similar things, we all have our own take on it. Thanks for sharing!!

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