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.
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.
Featured image is courtesy of The Guardian.