My Writing Process blog tour

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I was recently asked by my friend Katrin at Land of Candy Canes if I would join in the My Writing Process blog tour. You can find her lovely post here. I’m so honored that she nominated me–on top of being one of my favorite bloggers, Katrin is just an all-around cool person. She introduced me to veganism and was the driving force behind making that final leap from vegetarian to vegan. She’s just as crazy about books, tea and animals as I am, and she’s got great style. I’m so grateful to have her for a friend and I hope you will check our her blog and love it as much as I do!

Now, on to my writing process!

What am I working on? Right now, I’m trying to get back into the swing of posting on a daily basis. I have several reviews I’d like to share, I’m still answering Thought Questions, and I would really love to start posting more recipes. I just never seem to take adequate notes and pictures while cooking!

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I started out primarily as a beauty blogger, but I started throwing in lots of other stuff–book roundups, cooking posts, pictures of animals. I still love blogging about style but I tend to go all over the place, whereas it seems that a lot of bloggers really have a “niche”. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

I also talk a lot about my vegan lifestyle and how this affects my fashion, beauty and culinary choices. So that makes me different from the average style/food blogger.

Why do I write what I do? Well, I blog about animals and veganism because I’m quite passionate about those topics. Also, books: I can never get enough of books and reading, and blogging is a way to connect with other bookworms. When it comes to my style posts, I’m quite keen on blogging in this area because I feel like it’s really hard to find trendy yet budget-friendly beauty and clothing items that are also vegan and as “green” as possible. I hope my blog helps others on the lookout for these items; I know it’s fun for me to chat with other bloggers interested in the same items!

How does my writing process work? I’d like to say that I have a “writer’s notebook” or a special process for drafting posts, but I don’t. If I have a really big multi-post project that I want to work on, like my seven-day “How to grow your blog” series from January, then I’ll usually plot it out a bit on a sheet of paper before drafting up the posts and saving them for later polishing. With reviews, I’ll jot notes during testing and then draft the post when I’m ready to publish it. Some posts I schedule ahead of time, like the Music Monday posts, while others (like Ten on Tuesday) are totally spur of the moment.

Who’s up next? Unfortunately I wasn’t able to list three other bloggers in this space, since a lot of people were already busy with summer vacation and couldn’t join in at the last minute. (Totally understandable!) But I do want to nominate Elle from ElleSees. She blogs about budget-friendly beauty and posts tons of reviews and how-to guides (my favorite are the hair how-to’s!), with lots of tips for those of us who are short on time, looking for a budget cosmetic dupe, or want to DIY something nifty. I love her honesty and warmth–her down-to-earth nature really shines through in her blog. I hope you’ll enjoy her blog as much as I do!

Thank you all for reading, and thank you again Katrin for the nomination!


  • Katrin

    Aww, Martha, you are soooo sweet! Thank you so much for all your heart-warming words! I am so happy that we are friends and that we can share stuff like veganism, cats, books etc with each other! It means a lot. I also love your blog and everything you write! You rock! <3

  • lissa

    I do the same thing with posts – things come and I just work on them & once in a while, I would ready a post ahead if it takes longer than usual to write.

    I think I found your blog through Katrin but I’m never sure of these things but I do like books and most topics you write. I have always found I don’t have much in comment with most people and that’s okay with me because we all have different tastes.

    anyway, thanks for sharing your process. have a wonderful day.

    • writergirlm

      Sometimes I feel like spontaneous posts are better anyway–they’re “from the heart” if that makes sense! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  • Celeste

    I like that you write about a variety of topics, I think some blogs become repetitive when they box themselves into one subject. And I have gotten some great product tips from you!

  • Frannie Pantz

    I’m so sorry, again, that I wasn’t able to participate. I love the idea, though! I wouldn’t be able to blog at all right now without some kind of routine/schedule to blogging. I usually only post about fashion, but in life lately I’ve been much more about family, photography and cooking. I love reading about your veganism!

    • writergirlm

      I totally understand! Summer is such a busy time. (Which is funny, because we all say we’re going to relax come summer, and it never happens!) I’m trying to get in a habit of carving out an hour each day to blog, even if it’s just to draft ideas. I feel like it helps keep the ideas flowing.

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