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I was recently invited to take part in a Blop Hop discussing the reasons why bloggers write and thought I would keep the baton moving and join in. I was posed with five different questions and here are my replies:
1. What am I working on?
I wish I was working on a best seller novel but unfortunately not! As most of my loyal readers know I am currently grey nomading around Australia in a caravan so I am working on travel blogs on the places that I have visited along the way.
2. How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
I like to think that I write about a whole range of topics that would appeal to a broad audience of 50 something year olds. I don’t just focus on travel, fashion, beauty, health, fitness or diet for my age group but I delve into other topics like, “Is Shopping Better Than Sex?” and “What Happened to the Kitchen Tea?”. Riveting stuff really!
3. Why I write?
Well, my Dad wrote an autobiography about his life years ago and I thought if he could write a book the least I could do is start up a little blog. But seriously I started to write out of boredom and I could see a market for a blog for 50 years olds that would hopefully inspire all the middle-aged empty-nesters out there and help them to feel worthy and useful.
4. How does my writing process work?
I often get my inspiration from conversations with friends (which has actually landed me in deep poo poo a few times!), articles in newspapers and magazines or through simply observing life (aka as people watching!) I carry around a little notebook with me which I often write down pieces of information for a story idea. I also cut out articles in newspapers which I can use as a reference piece.
Sometimes the words for the stories just flow smoothly and easily from my brain, but at other times I have to do a bit of research on the topic. Whilst I have been travelling I have found fellow travellers to be a wealth of information and also Visitor Centres in towns where I pick up travel brochures of the places I have visited.
5. Who is next?
I’m passing the baton on to these three very talented bloggers:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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