At the beginning of this month, our friends at the spectacularly useful FlorenceForFree featured us on something called a “blog hop”, which is a fun little theme that lets us talk a bit about our own website and why we write, as well as feature a few friends of ours who we think you would love. We’re not ones to go around breaking traditions, so true to form, here we are on our own Blog Hop. In this episode, you get to see the inner workings of what makes us tick… kind of.
What am I working on/writing?
Currently Emily and I are finally out of the almost-constant game of playing catch-up with our content and now get the chance to write about things as they happen. You may have noticed the subtle shift we’ve taken from constant streams of “how to” listicles to a more journal-based methodology. We like it better, as we feel more real with all of you when we can write without the pretense that we’re experts at anything.
Additionally, we really love the idea of featuring those we come across that have a great story to tell in regards to travel and/or doing inspiring things. We want to show off the talents of the wonderful people we meet (as well as those who have been in our lives for some time).
How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
You may have noticed that we’re not quite a travel blog, yet not quite a lifestyle blog. We kind of have our foot in both genres, but only incidentally. We’re not trying to be either one, at least not as much as we’re just trying to be ourselves. We love helping others, so when there’s a subject we know might help those in the same way others have helped us, we love to write about it, but we don’t want to have our content dictated by our “next big feature”.
Why do we write?
We love having a place to record our travels (and other adventures) in a way that’s a bit more organized than a handwritten notepad, and we don’t want to have to worry about leaving out important details of a part of our trip for the sake of always sounding positive and upbeat (though we do try to have a good outlook on our life). We write for us, but also to hopefully inspire others to follow the things that they’re passionate about, regardless of the circumstances.
How does our writing process work?
Emily and I have… very different writing processes, you could say. When we’re writing journal entries, we’re very free-form with it all, and will do simple edits just to make sure the grammar is alright. For the more involved articles, there’s usually a lot of research and revision to make sure the things we share is both accurate and engaging, and the editing is a much lengthier battle process that involves both of us. We are very good at seeing things differently, which is probably more of an advantage than a disadvantage, but doesn’t often seem that way in regards to getting things ready for completion. But we’re learning to cope with each other. 🙂
Now that you’ve read a bit more about us than you probably cared to, it’s time to discover some of our own favorite bloggers:
One World One Year – Mark and Britnee Johnston
We’ve been following these two since the time they were trekking on the Trans Siberian Railway in Russia, and they’ve left impressive photos and footprints ever since. Mark and Britnee Johnston left their jobs in the United States in May 2014 to travel the world for a year. Their goal is to travel to more than 20 countries before returning home. Mark and Britnee hope to inspire others who have a dream to travel and help them realize they can make it a reality. They share their adventures and provide realistic traveling tips at oneworldoneyear.com.
The Commentary – Angela Lopez
Emily and Angela go way back to the early college years – both of them spent countless hours at BYU’s Independent Study call center reading the blogs of others. Now they both run blogs themselves. Angela is a grad student, a sometimes sewer, and a self-proclaimed bookworm who loves a good adventure. She began her blog as a way to keep in touch with her family during a study abroad trip in 2011 and quickly began filling the pages with everything from quirky pop culture references to her travel expeditions. Besides sharing her travel adventures, she also writes about her family, crafting, and anything else she can put under the ‘lifestyle’ umbrella. You can find her at TheAngelaLopez.blogspot.com.
Maroc-o-phile – Lynn Sheppard
Lynn from Maroc-o-phile.com is a Scot who fell in love with a country so deeply she had to move to it. We got in touch with her months before we made it to Morocco, and she’s been a beacon of knowledge in a dark tunnel of wildly varying opinions. Without her help, we wouldn’t have known the first thing about the food, people, or city that we have been living in for the past 3 weeks. She’s as delightful in person as she is in her wonderfully-informative website, which you will no doubt run into if ever researching Essaouira—she’s quoted by travel books and international newspapers on a regular basis.