Julia Rose + Tunes Of My Heart Blog Launch

No, I’m not releasing another blog — but both Julia and Rebekah are!

Julia Rose, aka Light4TheLord, is launching Julia Rose, and Rebekah is launching Tunes Of My Heart! Go check them out and subscribe; they’re both amazing blogs.

I also got to interview the girls. The questions are a bit different based on theme of their blogs, but I tried to make it even (I kinda failed though because I somehow ended up losing a question, but they’re both the same length and both girls gave equally awesome answers :P). 

Interview with Julia

1. Why did you start Julia Rose?
I started Julia Rose (the blog!) to document my journey of writing, and to share the joy of writing with the world! It’s my passion, and it spills into everything I do!
 
2. What are you going to be posting about?
Mostly, I’d like to do writing related posts, with a few articles here and there, writing snippets once in a while, interviews, and maybe the occasional fun reading post (in which I insist everyone reads Chuck Black’s books!)! Whatever I do, I want it to glorify God!
 
3. Are you writing anything right now?
Oh, yes! I’m coauthoring two books – one with Rebekah (The Traitor in the Pages), and one with my friend from church (To Find the Royal Treasure). I’m also beginning on a story that currently has no name (nor a working title, come to think of it) but is inspired by several merged true stories. I’ve got a couple of ideas for some non-fiction things, but until I solidify it, I’ll keep working on articles!
 
4. Do you plan to become a published author? If so, are you looking into self-publishing or traditional publishing?
I really would love to become a published author one day – preferably traditional publishing, but if God leads me to self-publish, then I’ll trust Him with whatever he wants!
 
5. Favorite Bible verse — go!
Augh, why do I have to choose?! There are so, so many to choose from – over 31,000 anyways. I absolutely love the book of Proverbs – I’m studying and memorizing it right now. I also really like Romans 8:38-39, and Colossians 1:16, and… oh! I think I do have a favorite verse: Isaiah 43:7. “Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” It really puts life in perspective, doesn’t it?
 
6. Anything else you want to share? Future plans for Julia Rose? Random trivia?
Hmmm… random trivia.. well, my current WIP (the unnamed one) was inspired partially by a fellow young writer at the Young Writer’s Workshop. To sum it up, it’s the story of two young Filipino boys and their unlikely friendship and futures. I’ve got inside information into the lives of my new characters – because my dad is Filipino (and yes, that makes me half Filipino, and my last name is nearly impossible for anyone to pronounce correctly on the first try!).
 

Interview with Rebekah

1. Why did you switch to Tunes of My Heart? Are you still going to post on your other blogs? 
Formerly, I had two blogs: my main blog about my stuffed toys, Stuffie Adventures, and a personal blog named Head In The Clouds. I was really dying for a fresh start on personal blogging, as well as a brand new platform where I could share my writing/photography/ramblings! I guess I kinda grew out of Head In The Clouds, as I felt like it didn’t quite fit the “new” me. I was trying to fix some of the design problems and going through cringing at my old posts (XD), and I suddenly got this idea – why don’t I just start a brand new personal blog? I thought about it for a while and decided that it would be pretty nice to start afresh with a totally new site — the idea of a coordinated launch with Julia was enough motivation. 😉 I’ll definitely still be posting on Stuffie Adventures (as it has a whole different focus altogether), but I’ll no longer be posting on Head In The Clouds.
 
2. What do you plan to post about here? 
My blog will reflect me: a jumble of my many different hobbies! Mostly, Tunes Of My Heart will center around writing, where I’ll share writerly snippets, updates, articles, and more. But I also plan to post about photography, life, and ponderings/reflections.
 
3. What’s the story behind the name “Tunes Of My Heart?” 
Well, one morning, I was writing a poem in my journal about “the song of my heart.” I actually really liked the poem, and I was thinking how cool it would be if there was a blog called “Song Of My Heart.” Fast forward a few months later, and I was considering revamping my former personal blog. I immediately knew Song Of My Heart would be perfect as my new blog name, but unfortunately it was already taken, so I went for the second alternative: Tunes Of My Heart!
 
4. Favorite Bible verse — go!
 You expect me to choose?! *scowls* Well, Ecclesiastes 3:11 is really, really, really pretty…it’s so poetic. 🙂 I also like Romans 8:38-39.
 
5. Anything else you’d like to leave us with?
I hope you have an absolutely awesome day! I’m so excited to start posting on Tunes Of My Heart, and thanks to Josie for interviewing me!

What do you think of these amazing blogs? Do you love them as much as I do? What’s your favorite Bible verse? Share a random fact about yourself in the comments!

My Blog Post Writing Process (Collab With Ella @ February Fairy)

What I love about the blogging community is that everything is unique. Every blogger is different, every blog is different, and every blogger’s process is different.

You may have heard of Ella from February Fairy. I love her blog, so I’m really excited to be a part of her month of collabs. We decided on doing a post about our process for writing blog posts. Today, we’re going to share (you guessed it) our post writing processes!

Post Ideas

When I first come up with a post idea, I’ll jot it down in Scrivener. I have a Scrivener file to organize my posting schedule, Young and Dreaming posts, ideas, guest posts, and my “guest post bucket list”. I currently have four categories: faith, lifestyle, music, and writing.

Outline

Typically my ideas aren’t big enough to fill a whole post at first. Once I have an idea that will work well, I jot down the main points of what I want to go into the post in my blogging journal. I’ll typically structure it with an opening hook, three points, and a conclusion, like this:

  1.  Opening: why I outline 
  2. It will keep your drafts at a good length
  3. It will improve your speed
  4. It will reduce your edits
  5. Conclusion: should you outline?

That’s the basic summary of my postIs The Dreaded Outline Really All That Bad?If I’m having a harder time, I’ll outline the post in further detail before I write it. Sometimes I’ll even draft the parts that come easily to me and create placeholders for parts I haven’t figured out yet with a note like “come back and add in point about such-and-such here”.

Writing and Editing

Usually, though, I can write the entire post out fairly quickly. After I write it all out, I’ll read the entire post and write a list of things I need to fix, big or small. This makes it seem easier to tackle. I’ll edit that list and come up with a much more polished post. 

At this point, I’ll focus more on making sure I’m saying what I mean to say and that the prose isn’t cluttered or confusing. I tend to go overedit the prose just a bit. 

Publication Prep

Before I publish the post, I create a featured image in photoshop and insert it into the post. Around now, I’ll also add any links or other images I need to. 

Another thing I’ll want to check is my search engine optimization, or SEO. I have the Yoast plugin, which tells me where I’ve gone wrong in SEO as well as readability issues.

Once I read it over a few more times, it’s ready to publish! Or schedule, if I’m planning ahead. This month, I’m trying new things for my post writing process, one of them being writing posts in batches ahead of time instead of writing one at a time for a few days before the date I’m supposed to post.


On a side note, I’m making some changes to my blog this week, so you’ll probably notice a few things being weird. However, I hope to have a new header, easier-to-read text, and to rearrange my sidebar.

Be sure to check out Ella’s post here and subscribe to her blog! You won’t regret it — her blog is amazing.

What about you? Do you have a blog? How do you write posts? Do you read  February Fairy? Share with me in the comments!