Last week I was nominated to throw a bucket of ice cold water over my head, this week its a nomination to divulge all that happens behind the scenes here at backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk.  I live in fear of next weeks nomination :-/

I jest, whilst the bucket of water was cold, it was all for a good cause, and this weeks nomination from the awesome Jodie of www.thelittlebackpacker.com is actually a really cool idea, or at least I think so.

In case you don not know (and I didn’t before the start of this week), a Blog Hop is a list of sorts i.e. questions, that is shared between a group of blogs so readers can “hop” from blog to blog seeing the same list of each questions on each participating blog.   So as per above I have linked to Jodie and answered all the same questions she did in her bloghop post, and hopefully my three nominee’s below will do the same.

Lets begin shall we?

Behind the scenes

Q1. What am I working on/writing?

So right now I am working on a post about a drive in cinema I recently visited in north London.  Admittedly it’s going to be a relatively short post, but its still an experience I am excited to be writing about.

Other work includes mainly prep for future travels.  I haven’t actually announced this anywhere else on my network, but I am now entirely booked up for the rest of the year, with 3 trips booked for September and October – Denmark, Ireland, Spain (Canary Islands).  Denmark is a familiarization/press trip which I’m really buzzing about, Ireland is a mini road trip with my better half, and the Canaries will be simply a week in the sun with lots of books (and burning).  Anyway, I am basically busy setting up my real time blogging posts for each, researching and creating Google maps.

With regards to researching and planning of trips, I totally get that its not for everyone, and that being spontaneous and just going with the flow are total buzz trends at the moment, and I can totally understand why.  BUT, personally I love the planning and researching of any time.  Firstly because it gets the buzz going even whilst I sit at my work desk looking out over a usually grey London (greater London really) sky, but also because I am not a full time traveller and have limited time to travel each year.  My annual leave is precious and I don’t want to waste any of it, and I think that’s a just reason for my spending so much time researching and planning.  If I only have a week in a particular destination, I don’t want to spend the whole of my first day waiting for a bus or making my way simply for the airport to a hostel/guesthouse.  Hopefully you get it and understand?

Behind the scenes

 

Q2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

Within the travel blogging world there are a lot of great story tellers, writers who really draw you in and make you feel like you were really there, experiencing everything with them … I am not one of them.

I think where my strengths lie are in the where, when, how and how much.  Practical details essentially, details that allow people like you who read this blog to plan your own trips of a similar ilk.  Sometimes its not overly exciting to read, but it will get you to and from your chosen destination in the most budget friendly way possible.  This is also part of the reason my blog includes so few photos of myself, i.e. they’re not necessary to convey the message … and I’m really just not very good in front of a camera and generally tend to tarnish the scene with my attempt at smiling.  I blame the 2 years of braces in my teens.

One thing I have started doing recently which is a little bit different is the publishing of Google+ stories.  I know not everyone is loving Google+, but I must admit I am growing into it, and I really love what their internet wiazadry can, and does, do with my photos.  They’re feature called ‘auto awesome’ is as it says, awesome (auto creates gif’s etc), and I think the G+ Stories, although a bit fiddly when editing, are a great way to capture and present a timeline of any given trip.  Here’s one I made earlier …


Q3. Why do I write what I do?

First and foremost, I started this blog for me, as a means of learning web design, and also as a diary of sorts.  Then the blog developed into a ‘mum I’m alive and safe’ mechanism for when I was on the road, and then eventually it found its way to becoming a resourceful travel blog.  So I admit it was all for my own benefit in the beginning, but 3 years later it is something altogether different.

Fast forward to September 2014 and I am still blogging because I just really enjoy it, and I really really enjoy the part where other people find what I write and present useful and helpful.  Sounds cheesy  I know, but getting a ‘thank you’ comments left on any given post is a real boost and majorly encouraging to carry on doing what I am doing.

Iron Man also tells me that I don’t carry on he will kick my ass.

Behind the scenes

Q4. How does my writing process work?

  • Visuals (Video/Photographs)
  • Maps
  • Locations
  • Times
  • Dates
  • Costs

 

… that is essentially my thought process when it comes to writing a travel related post. I might chuck in a few funny anecdotes, or historical facts where I can, but as mentioned above I’m all about the practical details nowadays, a lot of which I jot down in my travel diary whilst on the road (I also have a tendency to doodle in said diary).

Throughout school and uni I quickly (as quick as 21 years can be) that I was very much a visual learner, and as such I guess my blog is very much set out in a manner that includes lots of visuals, and clear headings of different sections within each post.  Personally I struggle to deal with line after line after line of text with no breaks, so there’s no way I’d write in that way.  I also believe that a lot/most people skim read when it comes to reading on the internet (we’re all busy and pressed for time right?), so having clearly labelled sections of each post allows readers to quickly skip to the section they’re most interested in.

Behind the scenes

My Nominations

So now it is time to pass the baton.  I have divulged all about the way in which I work, so now its time to see how a few travel blogging buddies of mine go about writing and posting articles on their own respective sites.  I hereby nominate the following in no particular order …

Ed – Rexyedventures

It’s Ed, whats not to love?  I’ve known Rexy for a few years now, and am a regular over on his blog.  I stalked him through SEA as I planned my own trips to that part of the world, but now I’m following him around Europe as he works his way through no end of hostels, tours, flights and mischief.

Michael – Bemused Backpacker

Solo backpacker?  Worried or wanting to know more about staying healthy on the road? Wanting to know how to can travel but still be kind to the environment at the same time? Michael’s blog is the place to visit.  It’s an incredible travelling resources, and also comes complete with a series of in depth ebooks.  All well worth a read!

Carl – That Time In

We both like travel (duh!), blogging (duh again), design and football.  Although I have never met Carl in person – you know how these internet friendships are formed – I very much feel that Carl and I are on the same page, and as such I find it difficult to stay away from his blog for too long.

 

… over you lads.