Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why Do You Write?

Ace at Life in Dutch tagged me in the blog hop for "Why Do You Write?" Since I finally, FINALLY have a moment to sit down and catch up on blog stuff, I thought this was the perfect way to spend it.

My third true love, after Fionn and blogging.

Why do you write?

To inform the world about Polish Pottery Shopping! Ok, not really, but that's how 98% of people find this blog! ;)

I started Beginnings in Bayern because I had a tradition of starting blogs when I went away. One for my French study abroad, one for my German study abroad, one for my internship in Berlin...why not one for being a newlywed abroad? Like all my blogs before it, it was my little space to keep my mom and a few Facebook friends updated on what was going on with me, fostering a connection to my "old life".

As time went on, I decided to use my blog to tell people things I wish I had known. It started off as "I wish I had known to pack this/visit this place in Italy/try this travel tip" but then it grew into "I wish I had known that being an expat is lonely sometimes. That being newly married and far from home is hard. I wish I knew that other people felt like this."

Once the blog took on that angle, it really started to grow. I wanted to be honest, encouraging, and helpful and people responded to that. Now when I write, I have people in mind. I think of sitting with my friends and giving them advice for an upcoming trip, or their first PCS, or how to cook something new. I write what I've learned, but since I still have a long way to go, I want to hear their advice for me. I like the conversations that get started when you start talking and listening. I love the support from the blogging community.

What am I working on?

Currently I'm working on a new blog design and rebranding. Since I moved back to America, the name "Beginnings in Bayern" just doesn't fit anymore. But I love the name, so it's hard to pick a new one!

Besides cosmetic stuff, I'm trying to focus on which direction to go in. While I love traveling and still have interesting trips planned for this year, I really enjoy encouraging people struggling with moving and expat life. Moving sucks, whether you're moving across an ocean or across the state. It's important to me to be honest about what I'm going through rather than only talking about sunny travel destinations and weekends. I think talking about real life (warts and all!) is important.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think my blog reflects me as a person; a little bit of everything. I talk about travel, expat life, marriage, dealing with the Army, food, and music every once in a while. I'm kind of all over the place, but that's how I am in real life. It seems to work though. The blogosphere is big enough for a few rogues, right?

Why do I write what I do?

I'm a google addict. If I have a question, I google it. Chances are, if I googled something and didn't find a good answer, but then I have the answer myself later, I'll probably blog about it. 

If I find a great hole in the wall cafe in Berlin, I'll blog about it.

If I travel somewhere weird but cool and would recommend it to friends, I'll blog about it.

If I find a way to save money or make expat life in Germany easier, I'll blog about it.

If I go through something sucky and learn something from it that might help someone else, I'll blog about it.

So yeah, that about sums it up! :)

How does your writing process work?

I like to write in the mornings when Fionn goes off to work. I sit down with my cup of tea and work on my blog all morning. I try to do that a few times a week so I can have days to myself. It can really be a lot of work-writing posts, keeping up with comments and emails, and trying to get more people to visit and see what I have to offer. But I love doing it, so it's a labor of love.

It does get frustrating when my life gets chaotic (like the last two months) and I can't find that time to just sit and work. But sometimes I just have to take a step back and do what I need to do before I can focus on the blog. 

Now I'm going to tag Sara in Le Petit Village. I think her blog is hilarious and we share a love of TK Maxx. Check her out!

Are you a writer or a blogger? Why do you write?


  1. Thanks for thinking of me Shannon!
    I think it's so funny that as soon as we set foot back on American soil, we both got sucked into the TJ Maxx - Marshalls vortex. I just can't help myself!
    Can't wait to see your new blog :) xo

  2. I'm not sure how I didn't see your post sooner than today! Yikes, I'm late to the game, but I'm so glad to read your post and see some more of your thought process! =)