Get to Know Me Better Blog Hop

by Alli

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the “Get to Know Me Better” blog hop. 

What’s a blog hop? It’s sometimes referred to as a blog tour and it’s a way to go behind the scenes of your favorite bloggers and get to know them a little bit better.

All I have to do is answer 4 questions. Deep breath . . . here goes!

Blog Hop Questions

Get to Know me Better Blog Hop

1.  What are you working on?

The question should be, “What are you NOT working on?”  

At this very moment I’m working on 2 sponsored posts, a post for a cooking blog that has asked me to be a monthly contributor (I’m more than excited about that!).

I’m also hosting a weekly Pinterest linkup (Pretty Pintastic Party every Friday) and trying to keep up with all of my own posts, plus all the duties I have to, get to fulfill as a pastor’s wife, mom, and nana.  

I’m also working on our Girlfriend’s Unlimited BIG Christmas Party.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

When I started blogging I really didn’t even know what a blog was.  

Yes, I visited blogs, but I didn’t know that’s what they were called. So I had no preconceptions of what my blog should be, so I’ve always written from my heart in the same style I’d talk to you if we were face to face.

When I actually hired a designer to redesign my blog on my first blogging anniversary, I was trying to come up with a catchy tagline that explains everything I do in a nutshell.  

I hit a major writer’s block and my mind went blank. I then did what any good writer does, I sent a text to my daughters and asked them to come up with something. Daughter #1 sent back a smart-butt text that said, “From the window to the wall . . . I make a good cheeseball.” I almost went with it.

Seriously,  I never take myself too seriously!

I bring it all to the table and try to do it in a light and humorous way. If I try a recipe or project and it’s a fail, I share it anyway and I always let my readers know that it (or I) was a big miss!

3.  Why do you write what you do?

I was a writer way before I was a good cook or party planner! You should see some of my early poems and songs that I wrote in high school.  Yikes!

Reading, Writing, and English were always my favorite subjects in school. Math, however, was not. We were never good friends. And we never will be.

When I sit down at my laptop with an idea, I just start writing away. It’s just who I am.  

Writing has never been a chore for me and blogging is so much fun.  

As a matter of fact, I do believe I have 51 draft posts at the moment. Will they all be published? Maybe. Maybe not.

4.  How does your creative process work?

I never ask myself, “What should you blog about today?”  

I get inspiration from just living life and I always jot down ideas on my notes app on my phone except when they come to me in the middle of the night and I promptly forget the idea!  

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve actually been inspired to write a new blog post in the middle of a church service and yes, I jotted it down. I later repented and crossed myself (I’m not Catholic, but I love to make the sign of the cross).

Top Two Recipes On My Blog

Update: The blog has come a long way since I answered the questions above. These days I mostly share recipes because that’s what the sweet people who follow my blog want. I love to cook so it’s a win-win. 

My two top recipes (these two change constantly) are Pecan Pie Cobbler and my dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake. My dad will be 89 next month. When I talk to him, he’ll ask how his recipe is going on the blog. He always loves it when his recipe is number one. 

I’m so glad you dropped by today and I do hope you learned a little bit more about me. Leave me a comment so I can get to know you better, too!

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erlene September 16, 2014 - 7:20 am

You’re so fortunate that writing comes so easily for you. I love to share, but writing isn’t a strong area of mine. I’m stronger in math…lol.

And I’m also working on too many things. My dining table looks like a craft store threw up on it.

Alli September 16, 2014 - 7:37 am

I need a craft room so badly! I envy your math skills. πŸ™‚

Carmody September 16, 2014 - 8:14 am

Alli, you are one busy lady!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 16, 2014 - 8:24 am

β€œFrom the window to the wall . . . I make a good cheeseball.” I.LOVE.THAT. LOL I also hate math! I knew I liked you πŸ™‚ Thanks for participating!

Alli September 17, 2014 - 4:34 am

Yes, united in another way, our hatred of Math! πŸ™‚

Shirley Wood September 16, 2014 - 8:50 am

You do stay busy, don’t you! The position of Pastor’s wife is busy as it is! I always enjoy reading your blog. It shows that you enjoy writing.

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) September 16, 2014 - 9:32 am

I love posts where I get to know more about the blogger! And to see what’s going on behind the scenes πŸ™‚

Kita September 16, 2014 - 10:07 am

The taglines are so hard to come up with. I am at a lost sometimes. Funny thing is though I can help others come up with a tagline but for me I go blank.

Alli September 17, 2014 - 4:34 am

I’m the same way, Kita! It seems easier to come up with something for someone else. πŸ™‚

Louida September 16, 2014 - 10:07 am

It was great getting to know you better Alli! Yeah, I noticed a lot of bloggers doing this tour.

Alli September 17, 2014 - 4:55 am

I’ve noticed lots of bloggers doing this tour, too! And I’m enjoyed going behind the scenes of their blog. It’s great to get to know a little bit about each other. πŸ™‚

Logan Can September 16, 2014 - 10:46 am

You have 51 drafts? Holy cow, girl! I have maybe 2? haha I loved getting to know you more. Your daughter sounds hilarious! Love her name for your blog!

Alli September 17, 2014 - 4:33 am

Actually I was off by a few by the time the post was published. It’s 59, I believe. πŸ™‚ Really, when I say drafts, some of them are rough, rough drafts. πŸ™‚ AND all of my children are grown (just one left in the nest) so it’s easier for me. I admire all of you bloggers with small children. I don’t see how you get it all done.

Nichole C September 16, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I’m like you (number four), and try and blog about what’s going on in my life. This was a fun post to read!

Alli September 16, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Thanks, Nichole! It’s fun to answer questions from time to time.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai September 16, 2014 - 1:28 pm

I have always loved writing too. And, like you, I try to write my blog as if the reader and I were having a conversation. I love your blog… what a fun blog hop. πŸ™‚

Life With Lorelai

Alli September 16, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Thanks, Lorelai. I love your blog, too!

Holly September 16, 2014 - 4:53 pm

You do make a good cheeseball!….speaking of….Thanksgiving day is a happy day….

Alli September 16, 2014 - 8:45 pm

You’re funny, Holly! πŸ™‚

Elizabeth Peters September 16, 2014 - 6:32 pm

I don’t know how you find the time to do so much! It’s good to get to know you better πŸ™‚

Alli September 16, 2014 - 8:56 pm

So far, blogging has never felt like a job to me. I hope it never does! πŸ™‚

Crystal September 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Love getting to know you better! I wish writing came easy to me, but I can’t complain because math is easy for me. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Alli September 16, 2014 - 8:57 pm

I’m a little jealous in the Math department. πŸ™‚

Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 22, 2014 - 10:54 am

This was great, Alli! Thanks for participating in the blog hop, and thanks for linking up at the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this Wednesday πŸ™‚

Alli September 22, 2014 - 7:56 pm

So glad you tagged me, Kristen!


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