Behind the Scenes of Journey to Saving

Behind the Scenes of Journey to Saving (Blog Tour!)

Behind the Scenes of Journey to SavingHello everyone! I am really excited to give you all a peek into what goes on behind the scenes of this little blog of mine. I was tagged by Ashley of Saving Money in Your Twenties to do this, and I really enjoyed her post, so check it out! For those of you who don’t know her, Ashley is a financial coach for those in their 20’s, and we live almost parallel lives.

I first stumbled onto her blog when she was getting ready to relocate to NY with her boyfriend. She was in the midst of leaving her job and packing everything up, but she was also making plans for starting her own business. Months later I ended up in the same position as her, except I moved down south from NY! Her posts are always fun and personable (she’s currently battling a mouse invasion in her apartment).

Okay, onto the “blog tour!”

Q1) What am I working on?

A lot! I just started using Asana to track my to do list, and I did a massive brain dump there. I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my head right now, I just need to sit down and make time for them.

I’m always working on building my freelance business, as that’s my main source of income right now. I’m trying to do a little less writing and more virtual assistant work right now, mostly because writing can take a lot out of me in a day! I have no clue how some of you do it.

I’d eventually like to branch out and help local businesses and entrepreneurs with their online presence, but I also want to get out there and possibly speak on personal finance!

I am working quietly behind the scenes to figure out where I truly want this blog to go. I want to get a newsletter going, some freebies, an ebook (maybe?), and a new theme, which I’ve mentioned a few times.

So look for more good things to come soon!

Q2) How do my creative doings differ from others in this genre?

I think Ashley answered this question well. I’m just trying to live my life and get out of student loan debt. I’m not someone who is overly concerned about numbers or spreadsheets, even though I love budgeting. That’s about as involved with math as I’ll get!

The original point of my blog was to share my journey to saving (eventually for retirement) with everyone, and to inspire others to start their own financial journey. There’s a mix of everything here! There’s also the new addition of video posts on the weekend. =)

Q3) Why do I write or create what I do?

Behind the Scenes of Journey to Saving
Sometimes I work here…

To help others. If it’s one thing I’ve learned in my mini-journey of being self-employed, it’s that I want to do something that will benefit others.

Story time – I wanted to major in psychology in college to eventually become a psychologist. Behavioral and cognitive psychology fascinates me as well, and I fell in love even more with forensic psychology (which paired well with my major of criminal justice).

However, I determined I had a lot of my own stuff to sort out, and I wasn’t confident that I would be able to help others on such a large scale (though I did minor in psych).

So I’ve taken the “blog about it” approach instead. For now, I am focused on helping others improve their financial situation, but I wouldn’t mind getting into blogging about mental disorders someday.

Bottom line: everything I write and do is intended to help someone, whether it be to educate, entertain, or inspire them (stole that from Chris Ducker!). I hope I’ve done well in that department!

Q4) How does my creative process work?

That’s a good question…I’m still sorting that out. I’m finally getting somewhat of a routine down, but it’s largely a work in process. Some days, I work on my laptop on the couch; other days, I work at my desk and get in the zone; sometimes, I flail around feeling overwhelmed. You’ll likely get a different answer any time you ask me!

I don’t have a writing schedule, which is horrible. Freelance work takes top priority, so I put it before my blog so I can, you know, get paid.

I would really like to get an editorial calendar going at some point, because I do really like the look and feel of being organized even if it’s a lie. If you’re looking for an awesome editorial calendar, you should download DC’s.

If I’m in a funk, I turn on music. I like anything I can chair-dance to, really. (I know I’m not alone!)

I also like to focus on one thing at a time. I used to be a big fan of multi-tasking until I realized that science was right: it takes away from your overall productivity.

Why the dual monitors, then? I enjoy having 10 tabs open when doing research for a post and driving myself crazy trying to figure out which one I need to reference, of course. The other is for writing.

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Lazy mode = working here (our free couch!)

I try to take little breaks when I’m writing, but I’m bad at following timers, so I just do it based on when I feel like my brain might melt. (Great idea, right?)

As I mentioned, I have everything laid out in Asana to keep me on task. I do a lot of writing in Google Docs, and at times I’ll use the distraction-free mode in WordPress.

Where do I get my inspiration? A lot of times, from fellow bloggers! After reading and pondering about personal finance so much, it eventually gets ingrained in my mind, to the point where I’ll stare at a tree and want to write a post, “well, what if money DID grow on trees?”

I hope you guys enjoyed this! I tried to inject a little more humor than usual…I’m supposed to tag others but I can’t think of who I wouldn’t want to do this, so please feel free to steal it.

If you haven’t, please check out my guest post on Debt Debs about the 7 financial lessons I learned from my parents’ debt. You can also check out my post on Young Adult Money about how to discuss finances early on in a relationship. Thanks!

What are you working on behind the scenes? What does your desk setup consist of? What plans do you have for your blog or business?

Erin M.

Erin is a personal finance writer and virtual assistant who loves talking about money and how to use it as a tool to get what you want out of life. When she's not obsessing over numbers or working (which is rare), she can be found messing around in Photoshop, laughing at her cat, watching YouTube videos, playing video games, chair dancing, or any random combination of the above.

42 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes of Journey to Saving (Blog Tour!)

  1. Hi Erin!! I loved this post!! I am always curious about what people do behind the scenes and what they’re day-to-day life is like!

    That’s cool you’re thinking of writing an ebook!! I’m brainstorming that idea, too, but I realistically wouldn’t start it for a year or so. Like you, my paid freelance work comes before the blog…and I feel super busy as it is without adding “writing a book” to my plate!

    And thanks for the idea of doing a “blog tour” – I’m adding that to my drafts now and will definitely link back to you and Ashley!

    Hope you’re having a great Thursday!
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    1. I’m excited to see yours! I like seeing how others work as well, as I try and learn something from their process. I don’t think my first ebook will be anything super crazy or long, but I would like to put something out there. We’ll see! I hope you’ve been enjoying your week. =)

  2. YAY I’m so glad you did this! Hahahaha I laughed out loud when you said that you take a break when your brain melts… yep that’s about how I do it too. Probably not the best for our productivity levels (or brain) hahaha.

    Also, I really like your chevron (and is that a heart?) pillows! I love anything chevron. Super cute :)
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    1. Hah, probably not, but every time I’ve tried a timer, I work through it, or I take too long of a break. Once I find my rhythm I prefer not to stop.

      Thanks! Yes, that’s a heart pillow with them. I love the chevron pattern as well, and the color was too nice to pass up.

    1. I like the one Brian sent out, too, though DC’s is a bit more customizable in terms of the space you have to fill things in. I absolutely love having a dual monitor setup! My laptop has a 13″ screen which is fine for most things, but when it comes to the heavy lifting, I rely on my computer. Newegg often runs pretty good deals on 20″-23″ monitors (not that I should be tempting you!).

    1. Yeah, I can get used to the couch a little too much in the morning! It’s not where I do my best creative work, so I sit there if I’m researching or commenting on other blogs. A couch does seem more inviting than a closet, though!

  3. Hey Erin, your computer work space is crazy!!! I definitely have a lazy work space, too – expect mine is a big comfy chair, not a couch :) This was such a cool post! I like peeking into other bloggers’ lives too ;) Oh and hey… don’t forget, public speaking groups are pretty cool if you want to practice your public speaking! ;)
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    1. Ha, sometimes I wonder if it is a little too much. Part of me would like a smaller desk where I can just sit with my laptop and focus, but I’ve had this one since I was a child. I wouldn’t mind joining Toastmasters in the future when I have more of a schedule down!

    1. That’s why Asana is so helpful! I love the way it displays everything, and it’s a little easier to keep track of things digitally. I was using a whiteboard before, which wasn’t as effective!

  4. I agree–writing can be exhausting. Sometimes it just flows like Niagara Falls and other times it feels like pulling teeth to get a post together. And, you know I’m with you on the chair-dancing ;)! I have dual monitors at work, which I really like a lot. I just use my laptop at home, which I like for the mobility, but it’s not the greatest screen set-up.
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    1. That’s a good way to put it. I think having an editorial calendar will help – at times, putting a post together is difficult because I just don’t know what to write about! Having a topic is half the battle.

      I think we have similar dance moves. =) I love the laptop for the mobility too, and because it’s faster than my computer, but I need to find a way to hook it up to one of my monitors so it can display through there. I don’t like feeling constricted!

    1. I need a big comfy chair to work from! I always find my laptop is sliding all over the place when I try to work from the couch, but that’s mostly because I like to curl up in weird positions.

  5. This is awesome Erin! I actually found myself wondering how I would answer these questions myself and I felt woefully inadequate as to my creative process. At least I realized I don’t put that much thought to the creative process. I am thinking now that maybe it would benefit me to put some thought into it.
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    1. I don’t put too much thought into it, either, and you’re always blowing it out of the water! I’ve always liked how you have a “theme” to your posts for the week, so there is that. =)

  6. This was a really fun post! I REALLY like this idea of yours -> “I’d eventually like to branch out and help local businesses and entrepreneurs with their online presence.” I would shoot even higher and look to do work for bigger businesses. You could get some ‘meaty’ contracts from them, though I think it’s smart to start with smaller companies.

    Thanks a ton for mentioning my editorial calendar. I plan on sharing the 2015 one in a few weeks here so hopefully people utilize it. I’ll have to write a post like this. It’s always fun to see what others are working on and I feel like writing a post like this would force me to think about my own business and what I’m shooting for.
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    1. I’m glad you like the idea! I wouldn’t be opposed to it possibly growing into a business in the future, but that all depends on if there’s a decent market around here, and if I can actually do a good job of it. So yes, starting small is key!

      You should totally do it! I’d love to see how other bloggers work – it’s inspiring. It did get me in a better frame of mind as far as clarifying goals and ideas I’m working on.

  7. Thanks for the behind the scenes look. I have a good amount of ideas for topics to write but I haven’t found the time to write them. Partly due to being busy and partly because I’m just a bit lazy at times. I have a long commute to and from work and I often get ideas or think of things there…but obviously I can’t really write anything. I should get something that transcribes what I say…
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    1. Isn’t that a pain? I’m sure there’s an app you could download that would let you transcribe things. I know most phones have voice commands enabled these days, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get it to work. The issue is it not properly transcribing things, and you looking back at it later on trying to figure out what it says. =)

  8. Love this! I always like getting a sneak peak into people’s lives. :) I’m always working on a million things behind the scenes, but pretty much it all encompasses trying to further merging my current skills (editing) with passion projects and my blog. I know that’s a vague answer. :) Hopefully things will unveil itself as i comes. I have a fun video planned for Monday, but it’s TOTALLY different from my last one.

  9. You said you were interested in maybe speaking about personal finance. That’s one thing I hope to add to my career too. I joined Toastmasters so I can get better a public speaking. So many UMMS!

    I’d highly recommend Toastmasters if this is something you want to actively work towards. It is so much fun!
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    1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! So far I’ve heard nothing but good things about Toastmasters. It’s so hard to kick those little filler words. I’m really happy to see that others want to speak about personal finance, too. Hopefully we can start a movement. =)

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