Haphazard Beginnings

I had a really hard time writing about today's Love Your Blog topic

Actually, as I am writing this I am still having a hard time. I've been blogging for six years, but I did not consider myself a capital B blogger until I started using my new site last year. And as I already talked about how I started knitting, that seemed a redundant and lackluster topic. But then a piece of advice came back to me -- remember your audience. So, since the target audience for this series is other bloggers, I decided to write about my creative process. Where does a blog post truly begin?

If you've read this blog much at all you will know that all of the content is generated from my every day life. I try to keep it as knitting focused as possible because that is who I am writing for. If you stumble across this space and you don't care for crafting or knitting or the occasional foray into my kitchen, you probably won't stick around. And that's ok. I call this space Faithfully Geeky because I am a geek, but also because I geek out about a lot of things, not just comic books or television. I think crafting is inherently geeky, with varying levels depending on how technical or plugged in you wish to be.

When I write, I try to start with the image that will hopefully draw the reader into the post. I used to think that if my words were interesting enough then my random cell phone photography would be fine. That worked for a time, but as I have grown as a blogger I've become more invested in the look of the post. I, theoretically, plan out posts a week in advance so that I can work on what the best image and lighting will be. And then I write.

I'm old school when it comes to my writing. Occasionally I will just sit at the computer and start writing, but usually I do some sort of pre-writing (my inner professor is coming out here) a day or two in advance. I carry a notebook around with me and when the mood strikes I try to get everything down before I lose it. Sometimes it is just a title or a doodle, usually I have a paragraph or two kicking around at a time. If I'm lucky, I'll get a whole post out, but usually I try for a page at the most.

Not everything anyone writes is perfect. There is always a lot of crap to wade through to find the good stuff. But I like to think that this process is pulling more good stuff out than bad, and keeping myself to a schedule has made a world of difference.

I would love to hear about your creative process. Let me know in the comments below!

This post has been a part of A Playful Day's Love Your Blog Challenge. Find more posts for this week's topic "Beginnings" here.