Virtual Blog Tour


Hi everyone, we're going to do something new and different at Normal Everyday Life today. I want to invite you to come along on a blog tour with me. What's that, you say? Let me explain...

The idea of a blog tour is to meet some new friends and see what goes on behind the scenes at several different blogs! The same four questions are answered by many bloggers and then linked together to form a fun path to travel.


Question 1. What am I working on?

I wish I had some profound, impressive answer to this question. To be honest, I'm working on developing topics for future posts, experimenting with how to create and improve my images, and learning how to run a blog. There are just so many interesting ideas out there and they all lead me to want to do one more thing!

Question 2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

I think that every blog is different, even within the same genre, because each author brings different life experiences to their writing. Just like people, each blog has its own personality that makes it unique. I'm certainly not the only mom blogging about life and motherhood. But I hope that being real and sharing from my heart allows my readers to connect with me and makes them want to come back. I know I often follow blogs more because I like the author than for the information they impart.

Question 3. Why do I write/create what I do?

This one's easy! I do it because I love it! I love the process of getting an idea, exploring it, writing about it, editing it, and hitting publish. I enjoy it when other people tell me they relate to my feelings, words, or experiences. I find it amazing that I can make someone laugh, encourage them, motivate them, or comfort them...all with words I've written. It's completely addictive!

Question 4. What is your writing process?

My writing process is all over the place. In fact, I wouldn't even call it a process, more like twisted things that happen as I move from idea to actual words on the computer. First, I think, Ooh great idea! Then I think, No, there's not enough there, or It's stupid, or What would so and so think if I wrote that?  I might start a rough draft of the 10% of ideas I don't discard as soon as I think of them! Once I do decide on a workable idea, I vacillate 100 times between this is great and this is ridiculous. Finally, I might have my husband read it while I wait on the edge of my seat convinced he'll laugh at me for completely failing to create anything worth reading. And that is the tortured behind the scenes stuff that goes on at Normal Everyday Life! Why did I say I love it again??!??

Wow! I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into the workings of my blogging mind. Obviously, it's a bit scattered in there!

If you'd like some real encouragement and wisdom from an awesome writer, I urge you to visit my friend, Aly at One Day Lighter. She invited me to participate in this tour and posted some great answers to the four questions here.

I'd also like to introduce you to the some other fabulous friends that will be continuing our tour next Monday on their blogs.

Here is a little bit about each of them...

Chelsea from The Contented Wife-- Chelsea absolutely loves marriage and family relationships, and wants to encourage others to focus on their families and realize the importance of building their homes. Her prayer is that the readers of her blog are inspired to strengthen their families and lead a more spiritual life.

Lana from Two Teens and Their Mama-- Lana is a 40-something mom of two teenage boys, married to her high school sweetheart. She blogs about parenting teenagers, getting through midlife, and the things she loves, with a little fashion and beauty thrown in. She tries to live each day with patience and a lot of humor!

Leilani and Emily from Just A Touch Of Crazy-- Leilani and Emily are sister in laws and friends who happen to live in opposite parts of the country, but have kids all the same ages. They started their blog to share their motherhood adventures with each other, and with you. Because let's face it, the journey is better when someone has your back. Join them on the crazy ride that is motherhood!

Thanks for coming with me on the tour today!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!


24 comments:

  1. Haha! "I vacillate 100 times between this is great and this is ridiculous." This is so me. Every week. And the description of waiting while your husband reads it? That is also me. Every week. :) Love your humor, my friend!

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    1. Good to know I'm not the only one, Aly! :) Thanks again for inviting me to participate!

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  2. Thank you again for including me on the tour! I enjoyed reading about your process - sounds a lot like me! Have a great week.

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    1. Can't wait to read your post next week, Lana! :)

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  3. I think my writing process and your writing process is the exact same! Even down to anxiously awaiting my husband's reaction. "Do you like it?" "Yeah, it sounds good!" "You don't like it."

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    1. Haha! I love the "you don't like it" part. We can tell when the enthusiasm isn't there, can't we? :) Looking forward to reading your post next week!

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  4. Your Blog is fab - I see you use Blogger too. I have all three of my Bogs on Blogger but have been toying with the idea of Wordpress. Not sure I want to switch though! #turnituptuesday

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I've found Blogger to be very user friendly so far. Always interesting to hear both sides though!

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  5. Fun getting a little glimpse into your head! I love your blog!

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    1. Thanks, Leilani! Looking forward to reading your answers next week! :)

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  6. Your blog is very deserving to be a part of this tour! I'd say you have “learning how to run a blog” pretty well figured out! I am already following some of the blogs you mentioned, and heading over to check the others out right now!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I appreciate the compliment! :)

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  7. I agree about the reasons for following someone (sounds a bit stalkerish when put like that!) - for example I tend to end up automatically look away from blogs written by people who's children are at a very different stage to mine or who live in a different country but I follow you (although you break both those patterns!) because I love the honesty and it teaches me that there are things women and mothers have in common universally and maybe I can learn something from your experiences with older children too! X #allaboutyou

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you follow me and that you enjoy my posts! I appreciate it :)

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  8. Great idea! I loved reading about how you blog and why. I think I am unusual in that I write a blog and then hit publish...no worrying about what it is like or spending hours changing it. That is probably why nobody reads them!!!!

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    1. I wish I could do that! It would save a lot of time! :)

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  9. Love this idea. It was fascinating to learn more about how you blog and why. I have to admit that I write entirely for pleasure and my blog features whatever's on my mind at the time.

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    1. I like your style, Izzie. I know that I can always expect something you're passionate about when I read your posts!

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  10. Great post! Thank you for joining us on the Wake Up Wednesday Link Party! Have a great day!

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  11. I would say you don't have to learn how to run a blog you are doing so well at it already my lovely. I love these kind of post because they always give more insight into the blogger. It's great to get to know you more and you seem to have this blog thing down perfectly so give yourself a pat on the back hun. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  12. I love getting a little glimpse into a writer's thoughts and this is one of the ways that bloggers are so supportive - we all vacillate, and I for one keep trying to bend time to squeeze more and more into the 24 hours a day! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou

    Mama-andmore.com

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  13. Really enjoyed your answers and found them true of my blogging experience as well. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  14. I love hearing about others' writing process. Completely fascinating.

    I'm also exploring the whole "running a blog" thing. There's ALWAYS something else to learn, do, and/or explore! I think that's probably why I love it so much.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely evening.
    xoxo

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  15. I think my writing thought process is a little like yours, I like the idea of structure but I just write when the thoughts come to me #MagicMoments

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