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The writer’s blog tour: My writing process

Last month Indah tagged me to participate in ‘The Writer’s Blog Tour’. Indah is a dear friend of mine whom I have known for a couple of years. She is also an Indonesian living in The Netherlands, in Rotterdam to be exact. Indah and I share the same passion in photography and other things. One important difference Indah is a great photographer while me, I am more a hobby photographer. Indah is a diver. Her underwater photos are stunning. Check out Indah’s blog for awesome photography and beautiful travel stories.

Beneath is my share about my writing process.

What am I working on?
I earn my daily bread as a marketing communication professional in Arnhem. I work in a team of 5, each has his/her own specialism. Mine is online branding and strategy. As this is a personal journal I rarely share stories about my work and I would like to keep it that way.  I am not fond of mixing business with private matter. Thoughts and opinions on this blog are from me personally. They don’t represent the organisation I work for.

What am I working on at this moment? I just want to continue practising the blogging motto I have established for this online journal: to inform, to inspire, to share and to interact. That is in my opinion the power of blogging.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write just like I speak offline. I am a WYSIWYG person. I love to tell stories. So I only write about subjects I love, things I notice and news that intrigue me. Adding my personal thoughts, daring opinion and a dash of curiosity forms this journal as a personal place for me.

WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get

Why do I write what I do?
When I started blogging 10 years ago I wanted to share stories of my experiences and thoughts as an Indonesian living in The Netherlands. At that time the blog was only accessible for my friends and family both in Indonesia and The Netherlands. That is why I mostly blog in English. After an unexpected hiatus of 1,5 years I started blogging actively again somewhere in 2012. Then I have added more subjects I am passionate to write about such as: food, architecture, history, photography, social media, travel etc. While I think I just write and share information and thoughts I am honored if I can inspire my readers through my writing. I cherish my readers because I really appreciate the interaction.

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How does my writing process work?
My inspirations are everywhere; news, books, history, travel, places, movies, events, thoughts, encounters, social media and persons. I love to observe my surroundings. I get inspired so easily that I need to sort it out often. When I get an intriguing or challenging inspiration for a post I can wander around with that in my head for weeks before I decide to note a keyword down. I write down the keywords of inspirations for blog posts on my Evernote account or make a note on my iPhone. If one inspiration passes a go area, I will start digging deeper about the subject by looking for more info offline or online.

Occasionally I write about simple things from my daily life but mostly I want to write posts which I think are worth reading for the readers of this blog. I want to contribute something in the fast-moving online world. This is perhaps my habit as a communication professional, I tend to present my blog post as complete as possible with supporting images, photographs, video and sources. This means that sometimes I need more than two weeks or a whole month to finish one draft. When I have collected enough material I will let my mind and fingers work. One category in the blog forces me to write every week. It is Music Monday where I share my favourite songs.

Every Sunday morning is my schedule for writing posts in bulk. Exception to this rule  is when there is a news which affects me, I will write it and share it immediately. I have a content planning when to publish which post from which category. This content planning helps me a lot to organize the restless writing part of my brains. There are days that I get the urge to write and share the thoughts right away. I will write more about the content planning in another post, promise.

Interested in how my writing process goes? Read my 10 blog writing tips.

Now, I pass this blogger on tour on to Mrs. Travelista. The owner, Emmy, is Indonesian married to an Australian. She currently resides in Australia. Emmy shares her stories of travelling and living abroad. Her posts are interesting to read.

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Featured image is courtesy of The Guardian.

38 thoughts on “The writer’s blog tour: My writing process

  1. Saya sudah cerita kan? Bahwa hal pertama yg membuat saya tertarik dg blog mbak Yo adalah ttg Brand yourself, sampai saya baca-baca tulisan lainnya yg di posting. Sabtu&minggu saya sudah hafal mbak yo nggak posting kecuali yang kayak mbak sebutkan diatas, ini sama dengan mbak noni juga kayaknya:).
    ada pertanyaan, dulu di kampus disiplin ilmu mbak sastra kan ya? Kayaknya saya pernah baca (maaf kalau salah). Apa yang membuat mbak yo milih bekerja di bidang komunikasi? Apakah karena saat itu kesempatan yang ada adalah itu atau ada hal lainnya?

    Terimakasih

    • Oh aku baru tahu kamu pertama mampir sini baca pos Brand yourself Ru. Karena aku tertarik dengan komunikasi dan perlu tantangan baru waktu itu.

  2. Mbak Yo aku nanya beberapa yaa🙂 , Apa yang membuat tertarik ke Marketing Communication? Apakah sedari dulu memang minatnya disini? Susah tidak beradaptasi ke bidang ini mengingat background kuliah sastra ya? Kesempatan kerja untuk bidang Marketing yang Brand (Marketing Management) di Belanda bagaimana Mbak?
    Aku 7 tahun di jkt kerja di Bidang Marketing. Awalnya Marketing Riset. Trus dipindah bosku ke Marketing Brand. Akhirnya menemukan keasyikan di Brand sebelum akhirnya resign. Suka bertanya2 apakah ijazahku nanti “laku” di Belanda ditunjang dengan pengalaman kerjaku. Maaf panjang Mbak, karena penasaran🙂

    • Kesempatan kerja untuk bidang Marketing yang Brand (Marketing Management) <–baru sadar kalo salah nulis😀 Brand Management maksudnya

    • Minatnya berawal dari komunikasi setelah itu terseret ke marketing dan akhirnya branding, online komunikasi, contentmarketing, corporate dsb…dsb..Yang aku lihat sih di Belanda kalo tinggalnya di daerah Randstad (sekitar Den Haag, Utrecht, Rotterdam dan Amsterdam) lumayan banyak lowongan di marketing cuma ya itu bahasa Belandanya harus near native kecuali itu perusahaan multi national yang bahasa pengantarnya bahasa Inggris. Situasi sekarang juga banyak over capacity karena krismon, banyak yang pengalaman bagus tapi jobless Den. Maaf bukannya party pooper tapi ini situasi sekarang di Belanda.

  3. Absolutely love reading this, love your “voice” on your blog and I love learning more about your writing process🙂 May I borrow the idea? Currently running dry on blog post ideas.

    • Thank you. What a coincidence as I am now drafting a post about tone and voice for the blog. The post is scheduled to appear sometime next week. Of course you may borrow this post, hereby I tag you along Yen.

  4. I loved to learn more about your writing process Lorraine. Apart from writing very interesting topics, I really do think your writing is really good. I enjoy a lot following your blog as you always write about different topics, and I love that because it changes a little what I normally read😀
    I wish you a very nice day!

    • I have been wondering if my writing process would be interesting enough to read as there are tons of posts about this out there. So perhaps I will write more about this one day. Thank you again for the nice comment. This is my online journal where I share my thoughts and experiences as an Indonesian living in The Netherlands. I wish you a very nice day too.

      • It is very interesting, and it doesn’t matter if other people write this post too, everyone is different and unique, with its own story and writing style!! I enjoyed very much reading yours.

        My pleasure🙂 and thank you!

  5. Thank you so much for sweet introduction! You always write interesting topics and make us think and realize of the issue that sometimes forgotten but important to be noticed! Thank you so much for continuing the tour! I am looking forward to read more of your posts!!

    • You are welcome Indah. This blog is my online journal where I share stories about topics I love or the ones which intrigue me. I have passed this on to Emmy.

  6. Kalau ada yang udah kopdar sm aku, bilangnya gaya nulis aku bnran spt ngomong, jd udah pernah dgr aku ngomong lsg bs ngebayangin intonasinya pas baca.. Tp aku gak ngerasa sama antara kehidupan di online & offline (spt yang pernah aku komen di post Mbak Yo yang lain), klo saat online kan bs respon di saat mood-nya bagus aja, tp klo offline kan bs liat pas aku bad mood juga..

    Aku jg pake evernote Mbak.. Praktis bs input ide dr gadget mana aja, via e-mail jg bisa. Rencananya jg pengen punya post yang reguler, tp masih belum disiplin krn isi blogku tergantung mood, misalnya udah ditulis ttg topik A utk tayang di waktu tertentu tp aku lg gak mood bahas itu, ya aku gak post.. *blogger labil*

    Klo Mbak Yo kan standarnya kualitas, klo aku kuantitas… Yang penting bs post a day.. Tp sambil nyiapin post yang berkualitas (kualitas bukan dr segi tulisan, tp dr segi bs edukasi, kalau dr segi kualitas kayaknya hrs belajar banyak dari Mbak Yo)..

    Senang nemu blognya Mbak Yo.. Pengen bisa belajar banyak dr Mbak Yo.. ^^,,

    • Kita bisa saling belajar satu sama lain Nita. Makasih ya. Kadang aku juga hari Minggu pagi ngga mood, tapi begitu mulai nulis ya lancar juga. Kalo akhirnya inspirasi menyusut, aku berhenti nulis. Dilanjutkan besoknya. Aku seneng ngeblog bisa kenalan sama banyak orang.

  7. Mba Yo, aku pertama kali baca soal “carpe diem”. Dari situ aku baca2 tulisan mba Yo…rutin hehehe.
    Aku ngerasa banget..baca post mba Yo aku jadi dapet informasi yg langka (misal history atau kehidupan di negeri orang, terus terinspirasi buat ngelakuin hal2 yg positif (kadang mba Yo kan post juga soal etiket atau soal “sharent” dll). Terua banyak ilmu yang di-share (misal tips2 blogging atau travel atau parenting style mba Yo ke G). Yang terakhir…aku ngerasa banget mba Yo always try to appreciate siapapun yg komen. Thanks mba Yo

    • Hai Euis, Aku sering bagi-bagi info karena aku pikir mungkin bisa berguna untuk orang lain. Kalo iya, aku bersyukur tandanya udah secara ngga langsung tolong orang lain. Makasih ya untuk baca blog ini.

  8. Oh my goodness! I didn’t see that coming..hahaha.. Big appreciation to you for passing this on to me.. I feel honoured.. As a relatively NKOTB (new “kid” on the blogging world; started blogging just 5 months ago), sometimes I feel a little bit “intimidated” by how sophisticated other blogs look like, how the topics just took me deeply into the world of imagination.. Amazing.. And one of the other much more sophisticated blogs I’m talking about is yours, Lorraine.. I also noticed that you are one of the few that appreciate the readers very well. So, thank you for that..:-)

    • Thank you Em. I passed this on to you because I genuinely curious about your writing process. And thank you very much for your kind words, blogging is about interaction, it is not a one way communication imo.

      • I think so, however few bloggers seem to have different opinion, thinking a blog is more like a diary book. Anyway, I posted already the topic that you passed on to me. Thanks:-)

  9. Salam kenal Mba Yo. Baru berani komen karena isi tulisan yang ini inspiring. Beberapa kali baca tulisan Mba Yo setelah tahu blognya dari blog temen. Impian saya bisa nulis isi blog kayak yang Mba Yo tulis di sini tapi sampe sekarang jatohnya cuma nulis opini pribadi yang ga terlalu dalem. Makasih Mba sharingnya di postingan ini.🙂

    • Hallo Dani, Salam kenal juga. Kamu udah bagus loh nulisnya aku barusan kunjungan balik ke blog kamu tapi belum tinggalkan jejak disana. Just be yourself, the rest will follow🙂 Suwun ya komennya.

  10. Mbaaa yoooo… aku yang ngaku2nya sebagai loyal readermu ini udah ketinggalan banyak postingan mba yo dan punya temen2 lain…

    terakhir komen ttg uneg2 itu, *ya ga lama2 amatlah ya*

  11. Writing and Blogging are such a fascinating things of our life, writing was there and it had its traditions…many of us like the conventional writing and never had the space to share it and connect with our fellow friends…it was rarely able to see the world.

    Blogging has changed that landscape, it is open, it is instant, it is interactive and it is meaningfully engaging…mind needs good stuff to digest otherwise gets in the wilderness and we get lost…conventions, standards, boundaries limits our thinking and expression…blogging has broken that barriers and we write and express what inspires us and what we feel good about…the true spirit of freedom of expression!!!

    Wonderful post!!!

    • Thank you Nihar for your comment. Blogging is indeed a well-used platform for average people like us who love to write and venting out our thoughts.

      The enourmous reach and the interaction makes it more attractive to be part of. You feel heard and it is sometimes rewarding too.

      • You are right Lorraine, Blogging has given wings to our expression, it was otherwise handicapped and was confined within us…there is an inherent power in the platform primarily as said because of the reach…the globe reach makes exciting and more enriching in its content and degree of interactions.

        If permitted I would slightly disagree with you on the usage of “average people”, all of us have wonderful things to share and all of us some quality or the other which is special, perhaps many of us may not have the opportunity or the space to nurture that talent…I belief we all are unique and have many things to share to the world, we all learn from each other…yes things in life are relative…

        Yes, you are spot we feel heard and it is also rewarding…

        • Of course you may disagree with me Nihar. That is the beauty of interaction. I believe being modest is an Asian trait of me. Through blogging I have found fellow bloggers with whom I have become friends in real life. And through blogging I have learned and interacted with many interesting people. Thank you for your contribution. Nice to know you here.

        • Thanks so much, I really appreciate your point of view, it was not disagreement, may be the choice of word was not correct, I just wanted to present one more point of view…yes you are absolutely right we Asian has a special trait of modesty…

          I enjoy good and healthy discussion where we respect each others perspectives and at the same time we have the space to add or modify the topic…it has lovely to converse with you and looking forward to reading your posts and having such an engaging discussion.

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