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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Behind the scenes on Owl Girl - The Blog Hop

blog secret behind the scenes

What do bloggers actually do all day? Blogging can't be that hard can it? Don't you guys just go to tonnes of parties and get given loads of free stuff?

Well, I can't speak for all bloggers, which is kind of the point. We're all different and we get up to a lot of different stuff, we've all got unique perspectives and outlooks on everything. (Funny that, what with us all being different and individual human beings...) Anyway, I was nominated by Hayley-Eszti, who is an absolutely fantastic blogger (are blog-crushes a thing? Because I think I might have one on her...), to do this little 'blog hop' challenge, which is where I get to give you guys a little insight into my creative process with this here blog! I hope you find it interesting! Oh and most of the pictures in this post are outtakes from other posts, because ~behind the scenes~...

Writing blog notes

1. What am I working on/writing right now?

At the moment, I am planning quite a few foodie posts, starting with a review of another amazing independent cafe in Camberwell, and a few recipes too. Food is a big part of my life - Dan and I love cooking together, and visiting lots of the amazing restaurants that London has to offer. I want to do more outfit posts because putting outfits together is such fun for me! I try really hard not to repeat outfits because I like the challenge. Once we've moved into our new flat, you will be able to expect a lot of home decor posts and a house tour as we about decorating our first proper home together. I mean, we've been living together for years and years now, but always in places that we've not been able to decorate! I can't wait to share that process with you!

2. How does my blog differ from others of its genre?

Like Hayley-Eszti, I don't really like to compare this blog to other people's! It makes me sad, and it doesn't do anyone justice. Some of the things I love about my blog is that it's packed with lots of pretty photos that I took myself (or that Dan took of me!) and it provides a great meeting point for some of my biggest interests: fashion, music, food, the city, craft, the countryside, travel... I feel like I can write with confidence about these things and do the topics justice. So that's what I love about my blog and my writing - I know I kind of cheated with my answer to that question, but it's my blog, so nyeugh...!

Cheeky Basil herbs

3. Why do I write what I do?

I blog because it is the apex of writing, photography and creativity. I am happiest when I'm making something, either physically, or on the internet. I can look at it and say, "I MADE that!" which is so satisfying. I've been making things and writing things for longer than I can remember (somewhere there's a cassette tape of me telling a long, long story about a princess who killed all of her prospective husbands by turning them into inanimate objects using magical powers. I don't remember making this story up but I LOVE that my parents thought to record me telling it!) and ultimately, I want my career to involve creativity. It would be a dream come true to be able to make things, create outfits, make music, write, and take beautiful photographs for a living. And hopefully with a lot of hard work from me, and a bit of help from all of you guys, that could become a reality some day!

4. How does my writing process work?

I start by making a big ol' list in my little notebook. There are so many lists of possible blog posts and fragments of ideas in there, and the lists are always growing. Sometimes something urgent will happen, like I go to an incredible cafe that I simply must blog about, or we go on a surprise holiday that means I HAVE to write a post about aeroplane fashion... But mostly I will blog about things that I think you guys would like to read. I block off some weekend time to take photos for a few posts, which usually involves a little trek to somewhere pretty, and then once I'm satisfied that there are enough photos to choose from (sometimes we take hundreds...) we come home. Dan makes me a cup of tea in my favourite mug, and I bury myself underneath a bunch of blankets to edit photos, write, and assemble my post. Once I'm satisfied, I check the previews and then publish it. Dan proof-reads it once it is live, which means I usually have to make a couple of tiny edits. When we're sure that it's okay, I promote it on social media and you guys come and read it! :)

Cat in shot! Ha!

I hope this was fun to read - I feel like I've been quite honest in this post, and I'd love to know what you guys think! Is there any kind of post that you'd like to see more of? After all, as much as blogging is for me, I want to create something that makes people happy!

I'd like to nominate Jessica, whose blog The Pyreflies is this incredible mix of gamer culture and twee fashion; Victoria from VVNightingale which is a blog packed with amazing fashion and lifestyle picks, and some honestly written posts; and Kerri, whose blog Crumbs in the Bed documents her adventures in academia and Belgium.

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92 comments:

  1. Aww I loved reading this! Glad to hear you have a crush on me, the feeling is mutual! I love that first photo of you, work those tights gurlllllllll! It's such a good feeling seeing something you have made from scratch, I love making things and getting my craft on but I can't do it as much as I'd like to, my pinterest is literally full of ideas that I'll probably never get round to doing! Excited to share the moving process with you, decorating and making a house a home is so much fun, I bet your place is going to look so lovely and homely :)

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    1. Haha, my pinterest is like that too!

      I am really looking forward to sharing everything - I'm so restless for the house stuff to actually go through! :)

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  2. This was v interesting! I really hope you do do well with this blog, it would be totally deserved as clearly so much goes into each post. Also, that first text+image marriage is especially gorgeous! Tights matching typography!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you noticed! I actually used the eye-dropper to sample the tights colour and then used it as the brush colour for the writing!

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  3. That's really awesome that you don't compare your blog to someone else's... Whenever I compare mine I also get kinda sad so I stopped doing that! :) thank you sooo much for tagging. I actually already did this tag awhile ago or else I would totally do it <3

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Didn't realise you'd done it, sorry! And yeah, I mean, I can't help but compare myself sometimes, but I try really hard not to, because that way madness lies!

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  4. Aww thank you for what you said about my blog, as it happens I just tagged you in something too haha.

    http://vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-mood-board-tag.html

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  5. I love how you get to use the blog as an intersection of all of your interests :) I love your photos, as always!

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

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    1. Aaa, thanks! And I think blogs should always be an intersection of the blogger's interests!

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  6. I do enjoy your blog when you post, even though it has only been a month or so since I started reading.
    Interesting that you'd like to make a career out of it. People don't usually say that so I really hope that you succeed!!!
    I think I have that dress too. X

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    1. Yeah, I was really debating whether or not to be really honest about that. I think that the prevailing sentiment in the blogging world is that you're meant to pretend you never expected success, and that this is all meant to look very effortless. I work incredibly hard on my blog, and I absolutely love doing it. It really would be a dream to blog as my job - who doesn't want to have a job they love!?

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  7. I really really like this post and all the different things you write about at Owl Girl :) Also your photos are beautiful and I'm glad they're a big part of your blogging process - you've been an awesome photographer as long as I've known you!

    (Also if you ever unearth the cassette tape about the princess I totally want to hear it.)

    Emma x
    deerful.com

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    1. I have so many cassettes full of me saying realllly weird things as a child. I will have to play them to you at some point.

      You've always been so supportive of all the things I do, and you are such a good friend, Emma! <3

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  8. Love this post. I've been really loving the blog hop posts - reading about why, where and how people do their blogging is great and has been quite inspirational to me.
    Love the pictures too! x

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    1. I really have been hopping around from blog to blog, looking at all of these posts!

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  9. Interesting post. I really like the fact that you didn't compare yourself to others. Good luck, I'm sure it will be a success.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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  10. Great post! This reminds me of why I started blogging in the first place!
    Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment on my blog, it means a lot to me!

    http://shewearsshetravels.blogspot.com/

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    1. Any time my dear! And I'm so glad you liked this post! :)

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  11. Such a cute post! I'm loving your blog:) xo, Hayley www.dailydoseofdarling.com

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    1. Yay! I'm pleased you like it here! :)

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  12. This is the best introduction to your blog, Candy! Love the bit where you talk about your blog-writing process. I like making a big cup of tea and burying myself under blankets during mine too! I'm so rubbish though - I never line up posts (but rather write feverishly and post after checking over once) and the most I've ever planned forward is a measly fortnight. Definitely not like some bloggers who meticulously organise daily posts for the upcoming months! So lovely that your parents recorded your stories. My dad used to type mine up on the computer (back when it was an archaic monster of a machine) - they were usually quite morbid. I wonder if there's a contingent of bloggers out there who were storytellers from a young age?

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure xx

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    1. That would be such a cool thing to research - I imagine we're a mix of introverts and extroverts, but I reckon we all told a tall tale when we were little! I've been loving your blog and it's so cool to meet someone with a similar background. :)

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  13. I love reading this types of posts, indepth information about the bloggers themselves. Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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    1. I love reading them too - I'm so nosy! ;)

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  14. I really loved the insight into your life! I certainly think people just assume that blogging is ‘easy’ or ‘quick’ when I think it is very much untrue - I also think the effort you put into your blog and being part of the ‘blogging community’ takes the most time, but I always get the most out of it.
    Really great post though, really enjoyed a little sneak peak into your world.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    www.dearyouloveem.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you liked reading this post! And I agree, blogging is neither easy nor quick, but it is definitely fun! :)

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  15. ahh lovely post, so nice to see how other people blog and their opinions on it all xx

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    1. Yeah, I reckon we've all got our own different ways of doing things, so it's cool to see how others get on with it!

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  16. The Blog Hop is such a great tag! I'm always curious to see what's going on in the minds of all these talented creatives :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. It's definitely one of the more interesting tags as far as I'm concerned! :)

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  17. Thanks for the nominations! I'm getting around to it :)
    I read this post a few days ago, but I'm just getting around to comment! Sorry!

    I agree, it's such a waste of time to compare to others, there's too much of that in every day life, let alone on the internet! It's just goes on and on!
    I always get my bf to proof read my posts :) I'm terrible at spelling and noticing mistakes. You can guarantee when I'm writing recipes up that 'oven' is always spelt 'over' and my brain is convinced it's correct... Kris always has to fix it.

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    1. My main one is writing 'good' as 'food' and vice versa. All the time!

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  18. This is going to sound SO dumb....but I can hear the accent (I know it's an accent to me, not you) in your writing! Most blogs that I read are American so I'm excited to follow along with yours :)

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    1. Yay, I do hope you stick around! Interesting that you read my writing with an accent - I'm going to have to read through some of my old posts and see if I can detect the accent myself!

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  19. What a great post, with wonderful photos. Behind the scenes type posts are some of my favourite! Like DVD special features :D I too have books overflowing with lists, they're a mess but they make me happy!

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    1. Aaah DVD special features! Whenever there is a DVD without special features, I don't want to buy it! Remember when DVDs first came out and everyone was like "what's the point of this?" and then we all discovered special features and changed our tune. Good times.

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  20. Such an interesting post, love seeing your creative process! Also agree with everything you said, why compare yourself to others when your the bee knees already! :) My mum proofreads my posts, because I'm a cool kid, and my husband is as bad as typing / spelling as I am!

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    1. I'm probably better at spelling than my husband, it's just that having a fresh pair of eyes to look at something can be really helpful. Also, if I let my mum anywhere near my posts, they'd probably end up looking very different!

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  21. This was really interesting to read! It seems like a lot of thought goes into your posts, and it definitely shows :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. That's such a lovely comment! I'm so glad you like them :)

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