Why I blog (a virtual blog tour)

There are so many wonderful benefits of being a blogger, and I have to say that the very best one of all is meeting some fantastic people.  In fact, I met the majority of my friends in Charlotte through blogging!

Blog friends

Char, one of my sweet blogging friends, who writes at Char Eats Greens recently asked me to participate in a virtual blog tour.  I was very flattered and thought that it sounded like a fun way for you to get to know me just a little bit better.

In case you aren’t familiar with Char’s blog:

Char is a recent nutrition graduate who also doubles as a stay-at-home-mom to a 1.5 year old in Ontario, Canada. Her blog, Char Eats Greens, is where she tries to convert you all into kale lovers, running addicts, Starbucks drinkers, and nutrition nuts! When she’s not busy creating fun and fresh plant-based meals in the kitchen, you can guarantee that she’s out enjoying the sunshine with her adorable little girl and trying to live in an as natural, eco-friendly, and green world as she can!  Also, look for her on Facebook or Twitter!

As part of this blog tour, I am supposed to answer 4 questions, so here it goes…

What am I working on?

So much!  I have some fun giveaways in the works, lots of great recipes, and even some DIY posts.  I’m also hoping to film more videos for my neglected You Tube channel.  You can expect to see grocery shopping hauls, my meals, and maybe even an occasional vlog-type video there.  I am pretty excited about it all! As some of you may already know, I am very interested in Ayurveda (thanks to my fondness for oil pulling), and I intend to post more on that topic.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Well, I am probably the only healthy living blogger who doesn’t like nut butters! :)   In all seriousness, I think that what makes me stand out a bit in the health and fitness community is that I am not a runner, don’t practice yoga, and do not belong to a gym.  I’m a mother of two who works out at home, and I try to squeeze some activity into my day wherever and whenever I can.  As far as the beauty community goes, the fact that I use a lot of natural products makes me a bit unique.  Honestly though, I never compare my blog to the blogs of others.  I write what comes naturally to me and just try to maintain my own voice- whether that makes me popular or not.

(Edited to add: How could I forget?  My obsession with Lionel Richie probably makes me stand out just a touch!)

Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always been passionate about the subjects that you find on my blog.  When I first started writing, I had just become certified as a health coach, so I focused mainly on healthy living. One day it dawned on me that I could write about anything!  I decided to incorporate all of my loves, such as family, beauty, style, green living, and things I’d discuss with my girlfriends.  The blog basically gives me a creative outlet and an identity outside of being a mom, and I am so thankful.

How does my writing process work?

I take a lot of inspiration from every day life and the things that are of interest to me at the time.  I also tend to get ideas in the middle of the night when I am up feeding Addison, so I’m constantly making notes on my phone at 2 am.  I never write if I am not feeling inspired.  I’d rather put out content that I believe in rather than writing just for the sake of it because I always want my posts to be genuine.

 

Blogs I love

I love reading blogs that are fun, positive, and humorous.  Two of my favorites are Friday Morning Buzz and Life Love Lauren.  In case you aren’t familiar with them, here’s a little introduction:

Tami is a 26-year-old news anchor turned PR professional who lives in South Florida. Her blog, Friday Morning Buzz, is a random collection of rants and raves, funny anecdotes, endless dog stories, and pretending to have it together at her Monday thru Friday 9-5. You can follow Tami on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin.

Lauren is the blogger behind Life Love Lauren. She is a twenty something who likes a glass of Chardonnay and rain. So naturally she is based out of Tucson, AZ. Lauren works as a nurse manager and is married to her high school sweetheart. On her blog she documents anything and everything she can!  You can also find Lauren on Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Tami and Lauren will be posting their blog tours next week, so be sure to visit them!

This seems like the perfect opportunity to thank you all for reading The Grass Skirt.  I love interacting with you and reading comments, and I am so honored that you take the time to visit my little corner of the internet each week.

Have a great day!
erin

 

8 Comments

  1. Maddie

    Wow! I had no idea that you have a YouTube channel! I’d love to see some more videos up there. I really enjoyed this post. I will have to go check out the bloggers you talked about!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Haha. I desperately need to get back into working on my channel, learning about lighting, editing, etc. I am so happy that you enjoyed the post!

  2. I love that you workout at home and still manage to be so fit and healthy. I haven’t found the motivation/time to join a gym here yet, and to be honest I probably won’t!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I recently did a post on great YouTube channels that have free workouts. You should definitely try them! http://thegrassskirtblog.com/2014/05/08/5-youtube-fitness-health-channels-you-should-follow/

    I am also planning to do a post on my favorite workout DVDs. :)

  3. I love that I found your blog a long time ago, fell out of touch, but then found you again (especially now that we’re both moms!). I do love all that your blog encompasses and really believe in the posting it to be genuine as well. That’s why sometimes I only post a few times a week or not at all. I want to make sure it’s something I’d want to read!! Thanks again for saying you’d participate in this tour!!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    Thank you SO much for asking me! I love that we’ve connected. :)

  4. Hey girlie! I hope all is well. I love how you are promoting some of your girls in the blogging world. Do you ever come to Ballantyne? That is where I reside :)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I live right near Ballantyne! We should definitely get together sometime. :)

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