Blog Hopping: Why I Write

"What's a blog hop?"

“What’s a blog hop?”

If, like me, you had never heard of a Blog Hop before, it simply entails writing a post based on a few prompts about a set subject…

Sarah at The Garden Deli surprised me with her invitaton to participate in this blog hop entitled “Why I write”. After all, Sarah IS a writer, and I’m not! I love reading Sarah’s posts. Her writing flows, and she somehow manages to move seamlessly from everyday stories about what she’s growing to wildlife topics to fresh seasonal garden ingredients, usually ending with a delicious homemade recipe.

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I think part of the blog hop idea is to introduce each other to bloggers who may write about the same things as we do, or maybe something completely different, as the blog hop also requires passing on the challenge to another handful of people.

I was a little taken aback, to be honest, when Sarah asked me, and my first thought was “How can I write about writing when I don’t write…?”! Erm, but I do write, don’t I? I suppose I have never thought about my blog in terms of “writing”.

Here are the questions to be answered:

  • What am I working on?
  • How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
  • Why do I write what I do?
  • How does my writing process work?

So here goes! I will do my best!

What am I working on?

My blog. My garden. Improving my photography. Working out how to make short videos with my camera… All of those things, as well as some translation work from home. A Herbarium was started a few years ago, which I may return to one day, and new recipes are constantly being tested and refined.

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How does my writing differ from others in its genre?

I’m really not sure! I don’t claim to be an expert on growing things and am certainly not a top chef, but if I do know something useful I like to pass it on. I suppose then that my writing is fairly informal compared to some. My photos are also often the starting point for a post for me, whether it be a haiku or a plant description, and I like to share the beauty of the plants and wildlife I see, or the food I eat; the words are important, but not always the main focus.

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Why do I write what I do?

Because I love words. Because I love plants. Because I love food. The blog was originally intended to focus on wild plants seen while walking my dogs down near the canal. But our old wolfhound hasn’t been able to manage walks for a couple of years now, so the focus became the garden and kitchen. In addition, my Tuesday Views have enabled me to keep a (visual) record of my garden over the past 18 months, which has proved to be an invaluable way to really plan future planting. Writing my blog encourages me to look for those discarded plant labels or to look up unknown plants to put names to them (and now butterflies too). So it is an incredible learning process for me.

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How does my writing process work?

Like most of you, I think, an idea pops up and you mull it over for a few hours, days, or even weeks. Then suddenly it materializes! My favourite place to write is at our dining room table… near the dogs, near the kitchen, and with a view of the garden. Perfect!

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So now I will hand the challenge over to just two other blogging friends. (I think three was mentioned, but I’m sure the rules can be bent!).

The first is a real writer whose blog I have been following for several years now. Nancy at StrawberryIndigo writes passionately and eloquently about life, nature, the environment and so much more. Her sincere and often humorous view of ย life has made me one of her biggest fans!

The second is Alys at GardeningNirvana. I have only known Alys a few months and enjoy her site so much! She has a friendly and open tone that makes me feel as if we are talking over the garden fence. She grows beautiful plants and fruits, and also posts about her community Little Free Library project, the wildlife visiting her garden, garden design, as well as what she calls ‘Fairy Garden Frivolity’!

Please take a look at their sites. They will be posting soon on why they write… Thanks Alys. Thanks Nancy. I’ll link both of their blog hop posts on my site as soon as they’re published!

Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks again to Sarah at The Garden Deli!

28 thoughts on “Blog Hopping: Why I Write

  1. An interesting read Cathy, I started blogging not knowing where I was going with it, its good to revaluate and thanks for sharing the links too.

  2. I think we all write for different reasons and maybe the same reasons, all at once! I always enjoy reading what you write about and as you say I feel like I’m friends with the kind people who regularly comment.

  3. What a lovely idea – writer or not, I always enjoy reading your posts as they reveal a very special soul with a love for nature and the good things in life. Thanks for sharing, Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m glad you write whether you consider yourself a writer or not. I feel like I’ve spent a little time in Bavaria over the past few months thanks to you, and really had a chance to share in some special things.
    Plus the recipes don’t hurt either!

    • Thanks Frank. I have been enjoying your posts so much too, and have got to know some new plants along the way. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

  5. Hey Cathy! When I first visited your blog all those years ago..haha. I was stricken by how beautiful it and homey it is. Every time I visit it’s as if we are sitting in your kitchen looking outside to the garden and eating something yummy you have whipped up. You are certainly a kind and truly genuine person. You have always showed up and read my stuff and made thoughtful comments. You really are a gem my friend . Thanks for all the nice stuff you said about me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hi Nancy! It has been so nice to get to know you a little through your writing. I’m baking blueberry cake tomorrow, so I’ll save a piece for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great holiday weekend! xx

      • Hey Cathy, sounds delicious! Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am spending most of the weekend enjoying the garden (aka digging and planting and other fun things) I hope your weekend is going well as well.

  6. Hi Cathy, thanks for taking up the challenge – hope you enjoyed it. Your writing has inspired me to take more notice of the wildflowers growing here, and to try different recipes – your apple strudle has become a favourite! I’ll be checking out the blogs you recommend just as soon as I get a bit of time. Thanks again for joining the blog hop. Have a great weekend!

  7. Cathy, it’s nice to learn a little bit more about you. I’m sorry to hear your pooch isn’t up to walks any more. It happens as they get older, but I’m sure you both miss those walks.

    You do a beautiful job sharing the joys in your life: your garden, all that wonderful nature around you and the goings on in your kitchen. It’s always a pleasure to stop by, and clearly others feel the same way.

    Thank you for all your kind words about my blog. It’s so nice have you along. I will collect my thoughts, with appreciation to you for including me in your blog hop.

    • Thanks Alys. We do miss our walks, but being confined to the garden has made me look at and appreciate the things under my nose even more! Looking forward to your blog hop post too. Have a lovely Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Good evening Cathy, I think we all write for different reason but I think all of us have one think in common,.. love connecting with people! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your post, you do a great job sharing the things you love, your life, gardening, nature around your home, butterflies and cooking! I always enjoy seeing in my email that you have made another post! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

    • Thank you so much Michael! That’s it – the connecting with people is the motivation. Hope your weekend was good too. It’s been really hot here, but ice cream can work wonders! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I really think that anyone with a consistently popular blog IS a writer, Cathy! I think your blog tells a story each time of what is growing in your garden, how tending it nourishes your spirit and all that you look forward to in planning future projects. And I always enjoy your recipes. So you have a wonderful blog whether you consider yourself a writer or not. i do! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much Debra! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate all the lovely comments you always make and am so pleased you enjoy my recipes too! You have summed it up well – the garden reallly does me good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

  10. I’ve been meaning to pop back to this for a few days. Andrea (Shabby Chick) mentioned this blog hop to me so I knew to look out for you two.
    It’s great how you capture something beautiful in your posts, whether it’s a recipe or a plant. I certainly love seeing your gorgeous flower photographs and having a little connection with my home country.

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