You've Arrived at the Next Stop on the Virtual Blog Tour!
Welcome! After you read this, I hope you will look around, and then decide to follow/subscribe to my blog - so you never miss a post. Being followed is what makes every blogger really happy! (See right sidebar for ways to follow this blog, using email, RSS, Google+, Facebook, Bloglovin, etc.)
Lana posted a photo of a tour bus in Paris (she is a fashion blogger after all!) in her post about this Virtual tour. The Red Buses that tour Glacier National Park, MT seem quite appropriate for mine! These buses travel the Going to the Sun Road, which is only about four hours away from where I live.
Rena is incredibly supportive - both as a blogger and to her family. She deals with her own health issues while providing full time care of her mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Rena still has somehow managed to find time to create a blog that is both entertaining and a wonderful resource for caregivers, and to provide many comments and encouragement and praise to other bloggers. Rena's blog provides a wealth of information, insight and good sense, with a good dose of humor and patience. Her post The Blog Train Rolls Again is a good example of her warm and amusing writing style, and I feel lucky to know her through her blog.
Tour members are asked to answer some questions. Here they are, along with my answers:
- Time management. Balancing blogging and life, and getting it all done!
- Figuring out the techy stuff. I need to make sure my blog is searchable, figure out how to add google analytics, make some changes to my layout and template, get better at sharing what I post, understand how to use key words and SEO, ... .
- Learn about monetization. I would love to be able to financially justify the hours I spend blogging by creating some income from it. If only it paid well - writing and blogging would be the perfect job!
- Networking. I love connecting with and supporting other bloggers, and there is a lot that can be learned from visiting other blogs. However, I need to learn how to be more time efficient doing this!
- Developing a niche and brand. I love to write about so many things. I feel like my blog is slowly developing a personality, but I am still trying to recognize it!
- Social media. This learning curve has been steep. I am still trying to figure out Pinterest and Twitter, but I am starting to get the hang of Google+ and I love it! The information, blog hops and linkups shared by Sinea Pies from Ducks 'n a Row has helped me a lot with this!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The many topics I blog about include:
- food, recipes and entertaining
- leisure activities (books, movies, etc),
- glimpses of my travels and life in Montana.
- household and better living tips
- parenting and relationships
- gardening,crafts and other projects
- ideas and informational anecdotes
- information about products I enjoy
- health and wellness
- environmental and social justice / human interest topics
- A little fiction writing once in a while, just for fun!
See what I mean - I'm all over the map! (I've lived all over the map, so why not blog that way too, I guess!)
There is an central theme to almost everything I publish, however. All of my posts relate in some way to "making the most - - of every moment." I really like a comment Karen from Baking in a Tornado recently left on my blog, "I come here and never know what I'll find, but I know I'll always be entertained." And hopefully informed. Thanks Karen!
Learning how to schedule automatic sharing of my posts would be helpful too!
- Coming up with ideas and writing them down is the easy part. I am inspired by all sorts of things all through the day, and my photographs are a great vault of memories which often trigger ideas. My writing mind just never shuts off.
- Too often, I write a post just the day before it is published, often late at night. For example, I thought of the idea for my Canada Cake after supper and started making the cake about 8:30 pm - and then I still had to take the photos, and write the recipe and the rest of the post! The next morning I shared the post on social media and began to read and comment on other blogs.
- I write, and then I edit, and edit, and ....
Now I would love to tell you a little bit about three other bloggers that I have invited to join the tour. It was so hard to choose just three - I have so many favorite blogs!
My Invitations to the Tour:
A Cookie Named Desire is one of my favorite food blogs. The writer behind the blog is Amanda, a recipe developer, photographer and mother of a toddler. I was really surprised to learn that her blog is relatively new. It is so professional looking and (I think) practically perfect. Her photographs are beautiful, and I want to make nearly every recipe I have seen of hers. I recently made her Strawberry Rhubarb Ice cream recipe and mine turned out so well I had to show a photo of it on my blog! Reading the posts Amanda writes to accompany her recipes is like talking with a friend. She is currently on blog vacation, but she may join the tour on her return. Don't wait for her blog tour post though - you really should just pay a visit to her blog! Amanda's other blog is Subscription Maven.
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