Top bloggers always say that one of the keys to successful blogging is having blogging friends who serve as accountability partners. These accountability partners are not there to keep you on the straight and narrow, but rather to encourage you in your craft. I was lucky enough to find a blogging friend in Sam Land. She helps push me when I just can’t seem to “land the plane,” and will always be the first to like my posts. It’s nice to have someone like that in your corner! If you haven’t heard of her, please go check her out here. Sam asked me to participate in a writing process blog tour to tell others about how and why I write. So here is my writing process!
1) What are you working on?
I’m about to kick off my next series which will discuss faith and feminism. I’m quite excited to get this series started, even though it has already been delayed. For me, my faith is so interconnected to my belief in feminism that one cannot exist without the other. About a month ago, a friend referred me to an article telling Christian women that they are not to find a friend in feminism which has inspired this upcoming series. It’s going to be a collaborative effort with a variety of voices discussing the relevance of feminism in Christianity, early Christian feminists, female disciples, and so forth. It will begin next week, so be sure to come back and check it out!
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
At first glance, I probably fit into the genre of mommy blogger. Yes, I am a mom. And yes, you will read posts that talk about my daughter and motherhood, but please don’t think of me as just that. I went through college detesting the traditional roles of womanhood. But press the fast forward button on my life remote and here I am: a stay-at-home-mom. I am a wife, I am a mom, and I am a feminist. What you will find on my blog are posts covering these three roles in my life. I know to some these three roles may seem at odds with one another, but I whole-heartedly believe that they can and do coexist.
3) Why do you write what you do?
I first began writing as a therapeutic avenue for myself. I had just transitioned to being a stay-at-home-mom, and found myself lost in the world of postpartum depression. I was struggling to remember who I was pre-baby, and blogging was a way to find my voice again. As time went on, I continued to view my writing as therapeutic, but also began viewing my blog as a way to help others process the crazy aspects of life. Even though I sometimes write about controversial issues– such as the obsession of gender specific toys and egalitarian marriages– my desire is always to leave my readers encouraged and/or inspired. My beliefs and opinions may differ from some of yours, but I do not wish to present myself in a way that makes others feel less-than.
4) How does your writing process work?
Just to preface, I constantly fail at my writing process due to extreme procrastination. But, in an ideal world, this is how my writing process looks. I typically listen to some podcasts to get inspiration. If you haven’t heard of “Stuff Mom Never Told You” or “Virtue In the Wasteland,” do yourselves a favor and check them out. Then, I take to the World Wide Web for some current events (we do not have satellite or cable in our household, so the closest thing we get to a TV news segment is Last Week Tonight on HBO Go). I also have a myriad of books that I am always attempting to read while chasing after a toddler. They cover topics I am currently interested in. For example: Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Half the Sky, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, are just a few that I am reading right now. After reading and listening to a variety of authors and voices, I then sit down at my computer and see what comes to mind. I try to post on a weekly basis, but as I’ve said before, procrastination is my Achilles heel!
So, there you have it! That is my writing process in a nutshell. Make sure to check back in next week for the kick off to the series Faith and Feminism!