Blog Hop

Not Just Another "Dolce Vita"What the heck is a “Blog Hop”? Yeah, I had the same thought.

The term “Blog Hop” was introduced to me by the ladies over at Florence For Free. Hannah and Meg create great content and give cool suggestions of what to see and do in Florence, for free. What could be better than some of their firsthand knowledge to help you spend your time in a great city?

Anyways, back to the Blog Hop. Hannah and Meg kindly asked if I’d participate in their “Blog Hop” and of course I said yes. The Blog Hop gives bloggers a chance to answer a few questions that help explain what they do and why they do it. And to promote some of their favourite blogs as well. Hannah and Meg chose me as one of their favourites (grazie, belle!) and included me in one of their posts here.

Now, it’s my turn.

1. What am I working on/writing?

I write anything that comes to mind here at Not Just Another “Dolce Vita”. My posts are usually tales about my adventures and mishaps in Italy, but sometimes they’re my general musings on travel and more recently, on this nomadic life I seem to be living. Right now readers are in the middle of my “How I Became A Nomad” series about, well, how I became a nomad!

The dream would be to write a novel (or series – dream big!) one day, but I just never seem to be able to have enough distraction-free time to get down to work on it seriously. In my mind, the novel would have the same flavour as some of my more popular blog posts: inspired by true events, embellished only slightly, told in an amusing style, and set in Italy.

2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
There are a lot of great, informative, Italy & general travel bloggers out there, and I’m so happy to be among their ranks. I think my style is maybe different because I try to be funny and informative at the same time, and I try not to complain too much. You won’t see any big, heavy, curse-word laden rants published on here, although I may want to sometimes. I am also not the most organized or theme-oriented blogger. On here, you get a hodgepodge of whatever I feel like writing about, which maybe makes my blog a place to find more dynamic and varied information and anecdotes. One day it’s a travelogue, then it’s a Word of the Day post, then it’s about travel in general, then it’s a hilarious anecdote, then a love letter, then song suggestions.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I want to.
It’s as simple as that. I started this blog purely for the pleasure of practicing my writing and to see if anyone out there might want to read it. I also wanted to document my travels for the folks at home. More than three years later, it’s no different. I write from personal experiences, and I like to try to have a life that’s interesting enough to write about. It’s a grand self-fulfilling prophecy.
I write what I do because you can only stand to read (or write) so many Top 10 lists or travel guides or recipes or grammar tips. I like to entertain. I come from a big family of jokers and storytellers, and I guess I’m not too different. So I write amusing anecdotes and idea-filled articles and hope that someone can take something from them.
4. How does my writing process work?
Process? Hmm… I get an idea or I have an experience. I find the time. I write a draft, revise as I go, and press “publish”. That’s pretty much how it works with me. It has to flow or else it’s not what I want to be doing.  When it comes to writing things like magazine articles or website copy, it’s a little different and I have a more structured approach. I do interviews, gather information, print it all out, highlight, make a few point-form notes, then get to it, writing in order from top to bottom. I’m not one of those writers who can write the end or the middle before the beginning. My brain needs to follow that yellow-brick road all the way from beginning to end. I also generally (unfortunately) write or revise right up until my deadline. Apparently, I work well under pressure.
If you’re looking for some other awesome travel bloggers, check out Orvieto or Bust, Sunshine and Tomatoes, and Thrifty Nomads.

10 thoughts on “Blog Hop

  1. Looking forward to being a recipient of your blog. Florence is my favorite city on the planet Earth. I will be there in June. Ciao!

  2. Thanks for the details, Sarah. I always appreciate hearing how the writing process goes for others, and to get recommendations on other great blogs! I always enjoy getting a notification of a new post from you! Keep up the great work. 🙂

      • I write similar to your process. I get a spark of an idea, try to get a good draft in one sitting, revise over a few days (probably devote too much time on this step) then close my eyes and hit publish! Then hope for and feel grateful for positive feedback! Buona scrivere and nice to hear from you! Thinking of Canada today…

  3. Sarah, awesome as always! Thanks so much for participating. Loved reading about your process. And my new blogging manta might just have to be “because I want to.”

  4. What a cute name. i guess i wrote my ‘blog hop’ in my about me page. It is always interesting to read how other writers process their info and get their ideas down on paper (or screen). Even more interesting is why they write what they do.

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