Hey guys! So today we’re going a little outside of the normal stuff that usually happens around these ‘har parts.
No brownies for you guys today. That’s tomorrow. (so come back tomorrow, ‘yo)
So have you guys heard of the Writing Process Blog Tour ‘thang that’s going around the blogging world? Basically, it’s just a way for bloggers to showcase the process of the writing and work that goes on behind a blog.
Also, she JUST shared a killer tomato soup recipe that I’m currently dying over. Just had to throw that in there. 😉
So let’s get started shall we? I first entered into the world of food blogging in October 2012. I’d always loved testing out new recipes in the kitchen and thought a blog would be a great way to showcase some of my creations. Little did I know how much my blog would grow into something so much more passionate and important to me…
Back in the “dark days of blogging” I call ’em, my photography was less than appetizing (I took all my photos in my dark, natural light-less kitchen) My writing was super-short and sounded forced and dull, and even my blog design and layout was pretty terrible….
Since those nearly 2 years ago, I got things together a little bit: I splurged a bought my first DSLR camera and then spent countless hours throwing myself into learning how to take good photos, developing and testing recipes numerous times, and even hired a web designer to fix my site up into a more navigable, user-friendly blog.
If you were to ask me 2 years ago if I would still be blogging today the answer would probably have been no. I never imagined Whole and Heavenly Oven would grow into what it has for me, but I’m so thankful to YOU my readers who have made that possible!
1. What am I working on right now? Right now I am still working on vastly improving my photography. The biggest challenge by far I have with photography is lighting and recently I’ve been moving around my house to just about every window trying to find the best lighting for photos.
Oh, can I have two things? I’m also going crazy pumping out the apple and pumpkin recipes. Fall is my FAVORITE season, primarily because of the comfort food and I usually always go a little crazy this time of year with the fall recipes. 😀
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? Whole and Heavenly Oven is primarily a health-and-whole food based food blog, but my parents taught me that healthy food doesn’t necessarily have to taste boring and dull just because it’s healthy. — I believe food should not only be healthy and GOOD for you, but it should also taste amazing!
Many of my recipes are versions of all your favorites, such as death-by-chocolate cake or the perfect loaf of banana bread, but they ALL have my own healthy twist on them that makes them taste indulgent but they’re still whole and good for you.
Hence, the blog name: Whole AND Heavenly Oven. (I added the “oven” because I have an obsession with my oven)
I’m not one to skip out on cookies, after all. Couldn’t live without my sweets. 🙂
3. Why do I write what I do? This may sound weird, but the actual WRITING part of the blog is one of my biggest struggles. Some days the words just pour out of my head and my writing turns out great, but theeeen there are those not-so-inspired days where I can’t think of a thing to say. — On those days, I usually take a break from the computer and I go do something that will relax my mind—usually a walk, run or bike ride does the trick. 😉
I feel as though right now, I’m still trying to find my “blogging voice” and trying to make myself heard. My writing tends to kind of lean towards an “upbeat” and “bubbly” tone. — I love making people laugh!
In real life, I’m actually a pretty quiet and reserved person to people I don’t know too well, but on my blog I feel like I can come alive into the passionate, lively person that all my close friends and family know I am.
4. How does my writing process work? My writing process always starts with the actual recipe or even just an ingredient. I usually get crazy-inspired when I make something super-tasty and can’t wait to to tell you guys all about it! It might be something simple like cherry tomatoes, or it could be something extravagant like pie in the form of pancakes. Whatever it is, I’ve got to be inspired and passionate about it, otherwise my writing won’t be “real.”
Now comes the fun part! I get to nominate THREE other bloggers who I’d like to see write their own Writing Process!
First up is Kelly, the talented lady behind Life Made Sweeter.
Like me, Kelly is passionate about all things healthy, but there is definitely no shortage of indulgent and sweet recipes on her blog! I’ve known Kelly a few months now and the longer I know her, the more I fall in love with her awesome blog, beautiful photos, and delicious recipes!
Next up, we have Danielle from Live Well Bake Often.
I don’t even remember HOW I ended up on Danielle’s blog a few months ago, but I am so glad I did because we instantly hit off and became good blogging friends. Danielle’s food photography is always so inviting and she’s so kind and funny and always leaves thoughtful comments on my blog that instantly put a smile on my face.
Last but not least we have Olivia from Primavera Kitchen. I haven’t known Olivia that long but seriously she is the SWEETEST and most genuine person I’ve ever met and I feel as if we’ve known each other forever!
Her photography and recipes are positively mouth-watering, and I really admire the clean, professional feel of her photos.
Thanks for reading guys! For real, you’re the best. 😀 More food, tomorrow!