Virtual Blog Tour

About a month ago, the inspiring Vernette of Vernette Out Loud nominated me for the Virtual Blog Tour. I haven’t done one of these in a long time but seeing as how Vernette was one of the first bloggers I started corresponding with when this all started two years ago- and that I love catching up with her blog- I couldn’t say no.

The Virtual Blog Tours is all about the creative process and has three simple rules:

1. Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour).

2. Answer these four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:

  • What am I working on?
  • How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  • Why do I write/create what I do?
  • How does your writing/creating process work?

3. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first, give them rules and a specific Monday to post.

So, here we go:

1. What am I working on?

In terms of blogging, I’m always working on finding post material and committing to a somewhat regular posting schedule. I’m in the middle of a Halloween Series, where I outline and review one Halloween Destination for the month of October. I missed one week but will be leaving for an overnight trip to experience another destination in just a few hours! Outside of blogging, I’m writing for the travel site called, preparing for my first writer’s conference, and building my writing portfolio.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genera?

Like millions of other blogs, it’s geared towards solo female travelers. In that respect , it’s not very different at all. I try to make the posts sound like narratives– so the readers feel as if they were there also. In the beginning , I had a grand vision of the blog being a go-to place for people who don’t normally travel ( broke students, the anxious, the young) but over time, it’s become more of a memory book/portfolio for me. I still try to write in style that will attract and interest readers and share tips that have helped me in the past, but more so I blog now to remember my trips and details and to create material I can use when applying for writing jobs. And of course, everything is pink here…so, there’s that.

3. Why do I write/ create?

Writing is my happy place but because I’m also trying to make a career out of it, my happy place also gets a little frustrating at times. When I update my blog, I feel like I’m advancing and planting a bit of personal inspiration for later. When I’m not feeling well or feel like I’ve reached a dead-end, I look through my past posts. I see all the things I’ve done and experienced and that makes me think, just keep going for a bit longer and maybe you’ll get to experience something like that again. So far it’s worked every time.ย  So I write because I know it’ll force me to keep writing and traveling later on.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

For travel writing, it starts with the photos. I look through my old photos and that normally brings back enough details to make an entertaining/ informative post. I keep a notebook and pen to write details but more often than not, I forget to do that in the moment.

If I’m feeling meh about writing that day , I’ll spend a day scouring over other travel blogs. That normally gets me excited and eager enough to focus on getting words on the page.

And that’s my writing process!

Thanks again , Vernette! I’d like to invite the following to continue this tag on November 17th:

Ellen of Travelling the World Solo

Beckaronney of Life of a Plant Lover & This and That

6 thoughts on “Virtual Blog Tour

  1. Oh Shantaya, this was lovely! And I think you achieve your goal in this being a go-to travel blog…well at least for me. I get to live vicariously through your wonderful adventures!

  2. Pingback: My Virtual Blog Tour | This and That

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