Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Behind the Scenes Look at My Writing Process

I was invited by Janet Keefe of Wag 'n Woof Pets and Misaki the Malamute of The Misadventures of Misaki to join a virtual blog tour where bloggers share their writing process. I am flattered that these two awesome bloggers both thought of me and sent me an invitation to join in. Want a behind the scenes look at my writing process? Keep reading!

First, let me talk about the bloggers who invited me. If you've never heard of them of visited either of their blogs before you really need to stop by and check them out! (I'm not just saying that because they invited me either! I promise they are great!)

Wag 'n Woofs Pets crew.


Janet aka "The Momz" is a pet mom to a whole crew of 3 dogs and 2 cats up in New Hampshire. At her blog, Wag 'n Woof Pets, she shares her escapades with her family pets along with some pet product reviews and giveaways. Sometimes, the pets take over the blog and share their opinions on things in their own voices. If you've never read one of Samantha the Cat's reviews, you are really missing out! Samantha is hilarious!

Misaki.

I was also invited by long time blogging friend Misaki. Misaki is a Malamute who lives in the UK with her mom and dad. They go on lots of adventures together and share their fun times on Misaki's blog - The Misadventures of Misaki. I always enjoy seeing Misaki's pretty face! She is quite the character and knows how to have a good time.

My Writing Process

Now it's on to the behind scenes look at my writing process. I have 3 questions to answer for this virtual blog tour, so here we go... 

1. What am I working on? 

Right now, for Pawsitively Pets I am just starting to work on a handful of product reviews. Not too much going on, but just enough to keep me busy. We just got our July PetBox in the mail yesterday so I should have a review for that up soon. 

Yay! My PetBox is here!

I'm also starting a new food with Shiner called Nutrience, which I will be reviewing later on. Before that happens, you can join me during the #BlogPawsChat on Twitter July 22nd at 8-10 EST. There will be prizes! 

Otherwise, I feel like I'm constantly working on cleaning my rats' cage out. They are messy little buggers! 

2. Why do I write what I do? 

After working as a vet tech for 5 years and leaving my job to have my 2nd daughter, I needed something to keep me busy. I really missed working! Blogging about animals and pets is a great outlet for me because they are my passion. I especially love writing about exotic pets, probably because I loved working with them so much. I try to tone down my exotic pet post frequency just a little bit because I realize that not everyone may be interested in them. 

I love sharing pet products with my readers and offering them chances to win prizes in giveaways. Everyone likes a freebie every now and then! 

3. How does my writing process work?

Most of the time, when I get an idea for a blog post I write it down on my calendar. I'll write the post in my head thinking of the direction I want the post to go and what kind of title I'd like to use. I'll even think about what photographs I'll use. I'm a visual person, and cannot write anything without my photos ready to go first. 

Usually, I will write late at night when everyone is asleep and I can focus. Once I sit down to write something, I have to finish it up. I don't like having unfinished drafts. 

Blogs I'd Like to Invite to Join! 

Part of this blog tour is for me to invite 3 other bloggers to join in. I understand if you guys can't join in, but I'd still like to extend my invitation and recognize you for being wonderful bloggers. 

My Rotten Dogs 

The three "Rotten Dogs".

My Rotten Dogs is written by Rebekah Ward about her 3 dogs - Bruce, Faolan, and Neeko. She also has a few cats, chickens, and guinea fowl! I admittedly love reading about her chickens. Rebekah shares how she feeds a raw diet with her dogs. While I do not feed my dog a raw diet, I still find it interesting to read and learn more about it. 

Stunning Keisha

Stunning Cathy Keisha.

Stunning Keisha is a blog written by ghetto cat extraordinaire, Cathy Keisha. She's a cat from the streets who likes to keep it real. Cathy Keisha constantly keeps me laughing with her attitude. I don't think I've ever found another cat blogger quite like her. She is truly a unique character! 

Groovy Goldendoodles

Groovy Goldendoodles.

Groovy Goldendoodles is a blog written by Cathy Bennett and her Doodle boy, Harley. These dogs are just giant lovey cuddle bugs! Cathy shares her escapades with dogs, attends fun events, does product reviews, and very often has something inspirational to say. 

Now, if you've never been to these three blogs please stop by and tell them I sent you! They are all on social media too, making them even easier to follow. 

31 comments:

  1. I love the tow blogs that invited you, as well as the three you invited! Great choices all around. I always enjoy your blog and I think it is so cool that you have rats. I guess because I could never have them, so I love to own them through you! LOL!

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    1. Haha I know exactly what you mean! I like reading about everyone's else pets and following them too. It's like they become a part of you or something :)

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    2. I once had a hamster , that was the maximum , rats well they are not my thing :P , glad we learned more about your writing

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    3. I definitely understand that they are not everyone's thing!

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  2. I loved reading your answers and really love your blog! Keep it up :-)

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  3. Samantha thanks you for your kind words...I hope it doesn't go to her head. LOL
    I love how you write things in your head first, and figure out the photos as well. I often get my photos ready before writing my post as well. I wish I was a night person, because that has to be the best time to write....with no distractions. I really enjoyed learning more about your writing, Ann, thanks for accepting the invitation from both Misaki and us!

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    1. Haha love Samantha! <3 I personally wish I had a more normal schedule. I'm sure that when school starts that it will change. Or at least I hope anyways!

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  4. That was great and we always enjoy your writing and your blog, it is one of the best!

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  5. Great post. I like the idea with the calendar, we have 6 of them in our house, think that's a good way to save the ideas. You got your petbox, Shiner? I'm curious what was inside!

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  6. Very cool! I just hearing about everyones different writing process. Thanks for sharing yours, and I love your blog choices to keeo the chain going!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  7. Hi Ann - First let me tell you I love reading your exotic pet posts, you teach me about pets I've never even heard about, so please don't stop! Thank you for adding me to your list - I humbling accept your invitation. It will be my pleasure. Hugs and tail wags to Shiner...

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    1. Awesome! Glad you can join and I apologize for the late notice. Even if you can't join, I completely understand but just wanted to invite you!

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  8. Even though I was invited (but declined, you know me and "group thangs"), I am LOVING reading about everyone else's writing process!

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    1. Haha I know Caren! I also do not join in these things many times, but I needed something to write about anyways.

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  9. That is all very interesting. We do like your blog a lot and think it is well written. We are blogging just for the fun of talking about all our silly cats here and hope that we entertain some of the people. Noting better than to have a good time at someone's blog. Great post.

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    1. Well all of those kitties certainly are VERY entertaining!

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  10. Interesting post! Everyone has a calendar and uses a calendar, but Mom just can't seem to do it. It is all in her head, so I have to make sure her head stays on straight or we will be SOL! Going to check out Keisha's blog, we don't know that one!

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    1. I haven't always used one, but once I started getting busier with reviews I really needed it. I use Google Calendar to help me remember important dates and plan out my blog posts.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your writing process with all of us. :)

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  12. I usually write my posts late at night, too. There's just something about writing at night; it's the easiest time for me to concentrate.

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  13. It is so neat to hear about everyone's processes. I tend to "binge" write on the weekend, saving ideas from the week and having scheduled posts. My weeks can be crazy and I love to spend my time reading my pals blogs!

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    1. I used to do a lot of scheduled posts and should really get back into that!

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  14. It is interesting to hear about the writing processes of others. I can't wait to share mine next week. Thanks for inviting me, Ann!

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  15. A calendar is a must. YES, about late night writing ANN :-) That's why I see your comment late/early morning. Great bloggers. We have to do ours soon. Golden Woofs

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    1. Lol, yep! I read some blogs and comment before I go to sleep :) Which can be VERY late sometimes!

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  16. Love all of the blogs mentioned in this post! I'm loving the opportunity to hear about all the different writing processes.

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  17. Thanks so much for getting involved. loved reading what happens behind the blog!

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  18. Thank you for the nice intro. We’ve been kept busy blogging and having had time for anything. Also TW spends too much time on FB. MOL! Love your blogs but sometimes get behind. I’m glad you have another couple of rats cos I really miss Niblet.

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    1. Don't worry Cathy because I seriously get behind too =/ So I understand! I really miss Nibblet too because these boy rats are just complete opposite of her practically. Not that that's a bad thing, but it's different :)

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  19. I enjoyed reading about your writing process. I always appreciate the large, bright photos in your posts so I was not surprised when you said you like to get your images lined up before the writing part. Keep up the good work. I know you must put a lot of time into each post.

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