My Writing Process Blog Tour

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So a little while ago, I got an email from the lovely Jhuls@thenotsocreativecook asking me if I was interested in participating in a blog tour featuring relatively new bloggers talking about their inspiration for writing. I thought it sounded like an awesome idea, so I was instantly on board for participating. I hadn’t heard of it before she asked me to join in, so I’ll give a basic explanation to those of you out there who are as green to this as me:

Basically, I’m going to be answering a few questions about my writing process for the blog, then pass this challenge onto three other relatively new bloggers who will then do the same. Oh yeah, and we give link ups to each other’s blogs too.

1) What am I working on?

Well, right now the main focus of my blog is putting together recipes for my Game of Thrones series that I’m doing as a tribute to the wildly popular and also wildly awesome HBO TV show. It’s going pretty good right now, and I can’t wait to share more  of what I’ve done with you all. I’m also picking out several other general recipes that I can post during the week, as the GoT series is only featured on Sundays.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a tough question to answer, because (as we all know) food blogging is hardly anything new or unique on the internet anymore. Pinterest made sure of that. I’m not arrogant enough to think that my blog is particularly special or so dazzlingly different from literally thousands of others. That would be pretty stupid. However, I do try to do things on CIMS that ‘spice things up’ a little bit, so to speak. My favorite aspect of food blogging is when I can do a series of recipes based on a particular theme. I first started this with a recipe series dedicated to the ABC drama, ‘Scandal’, a series where I made Challah inspired recipes, and now a series dedicated to ‘Game of Thrones’. I haven’t really seen this done too much on other blogs, so I would like to think that it sets CIMS apart and makes it a little bit easier for people to remember.

3) Why do I write what I do?

This question is kinda tied up with the question of why I love to cook in the first place. I cook because it truly brings me peace and happiness. I can forget about all the unnecessary drama that goes on in the “real world” and just put myself into the zone of my kitchen where nothing goes wrong (most of the time ;-)) Food blogging was something that for a long time, I didn’t think that I even could do. I thought you had to be this expert photographer with a camera that cost one million dollars. It took a lot of hemming and hawing with myself to finally get up the nerve to start up this here blog. But now that I’ve started, I really don’t know what I was so afraid of. It’s such a rewarding experience.

The first benefit is getting to meet and connect with all you beautiful people with your beautiful blogs. The second is being able to practice and hone my food photography skills- something I never, ever EVER thought that I would have. The third is that it gives me a chance to cook things basically whenever I want to and not feel bad about it- I can always give the justification that it’s “for the blog”.


4) How does your writing process work?

My process for picking out recipes is mainly separated into things that I cook, and things that I bake. The first thing  I usually do is look at the sale ads for my local grocery stores- because I’ve always been brought up to look for the deals first. If I’m looking to cook, I’ll ask my family what they feel like having for dinner based on what’s in the ads. They’ll give me a rough idea of what they do or don’t feel like, and I’ll propose a certain dish that I can make based on that and if they approve, then I’ll go ahead with it. When it comes to baking, I pick out something that I want to try to do, then I’ll just ask my family if they’ll actually eat it if I bake it. If they say yes, then I go full steam ahead.

 Typically, I set aside the weekend to make the majority of the dishes you see on the blog. It gives me time to cook, clean up the kitchen, and then do the photoshoots. If I tried to do it during the week after I get off work, it would be a crazy, stressful, hurried process that would most likely make both my food and pictures suffer. After I do the photo shoots, I then do some editing in Photoshop to clean the pictures up, then write the actual posts and put them up on the blog. I know it all seems pretty clean and straight forward, but (as my fellow food bloggers know) the truth is that it actually feels a lot more complicated and labor intensive than it may sound. Still, it’s a labor of love, and I really wouldn’t trade it for anything.



Now onto my favorite part: where I can introduce all of you to the bloggers who will be taking over from me and continuing the Blog Tour. (Side note: Yes, I know, there were supposed to be three. However, I must have some VERY popular, dedicated followers because just about everyone I asked to tag team with me was already blogging for the tour on this date, or on another date for someone else. So I have two people for my part. I hardly think it disqualifies me- right? Of course right.)

Andrea@CookingwithaWallflower – Since we’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time, Andrea was one of the first bloggers I started following on WordPress, and also one of the first who followed me. Her blog features lots of fresh, healthy but still delicious recipes with beautifully vibrant colors. For guilt-free food that’s still yummy- you MUST be following her!

Rai@LoveLoretta’sKitchen – The thing that really caught my attention about Rai’s blog (besides the food) was her About page, where she tells the story of the namesake behind her blog- her mother. It was a touching, heartwarming story, which is also exactly how I would describe Rai’s blog- very heartfelt, comforting  food that is everything about ‘home’ that you love. I also love the Caribbean twist that she gives to her recipes- it makes me wish I were on some beach in the summer, eating her dishes as the sun goes down.


So you guys: go ahead and go check our Rai and Andrea’s blogs! Do it. Right now.

Oh yeah…and thanks again for reading ad following mine. I really do appreciate it.


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5 thoughts on “My Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. I love learning about your writing process, Jess! I’ve always been a fan of reading your blog posts. They’re always entertaining and thoughtful. And I love that many of your recipes have a general theme. I’m always excited to see what you have planned for Game of Thrones. And I totally agree with you that blogging is so rewarding. I would not have met the people I met if I hadn’t decided to take up blogging =)

  2. Hi, Jess! Sorry I am very late for this – had crazy weeks at work.

    I am so grateful that you accepted to join me and I enjoyed reading your answers. I also enjoy seeing your GoT recipes. ❤

    Keep up the good job, Jess! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

    • Thank you Jhuls, no problem at all. I’m grateful that you thought of me for the tour in the first place, you have a great week too! ❤

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