A Blog Tour

I’ve been at this whole “blogging” thing for a little less than 6 months now and I honestly still don’t really know what I’m doing. So, when Jayleen from How Do the Jones Do It? invited me to participate in a “Tour Through Blogland” I had a lot of questions.

Turns out, it’s pretty simple and a great way to discover smaller bloggers that you might really enjoy. For example: Jayleen’s blog features all sorts of posts pertaining to gardening, finance, crafty tutorials and more! Her post on how to make shorts out of highwater jeans might seem super simple to some, but it was totally an “aha!” moment for me because my fine motor skills haven’t improved since around 3rd grade and I can never manage to cut anything in a straight line with scissors. Ahem.

I also figure that this would be a nice point to kind of stop and recap some of the highlights from this crazy journey and give those of you who are just joining us a place to catch up.

So, without further ado…

We started this blog in February of this year after finding out that our landlord was selling the rental we had been living in for almost four years.

house

Since we owned a parcel of land that we had been planning to build a house on anyway, the decision to move into the double-decker bus that was sitting in our driveway made at least a LITTLE sense to us. Kind of. The very first post is me describing our reaction to that turn of events.

We had a lot of work to do. Like, a LOT a lot. but everybody helped.

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It took a couple of weeks to finish it all up  and we did our BIG REVEAL!

Before
Before
After
After

We then had the process of moving the bus out to the land without it falling over. It came pretty close.

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In the middle of March we moved in and immediately started dealing with problems. There was no running water, no electricity and we had to figure out what we were going to do with all our, um, waste.

Just to top it all off, we then made a surprising discovery.

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Thankfully, Noah is just about the handiest, most hard-working man on the entire planet and got everything hammered out so that since then we’ve been living in (relative) comfort. We have even talked about the things that we DON’T miss about living in a house (but there are plenty of things that we DO – more on that later).

I have written about our house-building project, posted the floorplan, and have even gone into details like how much our land cost, how we wound up deciding to build instead of buy and our attempt to go with a manufactured house instead (spoiler: it didn’t work out).

I’ve also posted about a day in the life on a bus, my fear of other peoples’ perceptions, and the high cost of being rent-free.

WHEW. I think that pretty much catches everything major.

Now, there are some questions that come along with the blog-tour that are supposed to give you a behind the scenes look at my “writing process”… this would probably be more applicable if I actually had one.

What am I working on?

Pretty much I just calls it like I sees it to give you all an overview of a lifestyle that most will never experience. As things stand now, we’re working on finalizing our construction loan and dealing with the insane heat. Noah has been mulching and composting the yard like a madman and we’re about to give gardening another go after all our sprouts were toasted by the sun.

How does my work differ from those of my genre?

Is this a good time to say that I have no idea what my genre is? Additionally, I don’t think I actually keep up with other people within whatever genre my genre is, because I read very few blogs about people living in buses. Well, except for Nina, but she’s more of a simple/natural living blogger who happens to live in a bus – it’s more of a sideline within her genre rather than a genre in and of itself.

Maybe I should branch out.

 Why Do I write/create what I do?

Honestly, it was Noah’s idea to start this blog with the idea of making some money through advertising and sponsored posts and what have you (because who isn’t trying to make money blogging these days?) But then nobody wanted to sponsor us or advertise with us because we had no readership. And then I realized that I don’t like reading sponsored blog posts from other bloggers, so why would I make everybody else do it here? And so, aside from the whopping $3 we have made through Amazon Affiliates that covers about 5% of our hosting fees, this is a profitless venture solely devoted to preserving the memories of this journey that we’re on.

Having said that, if an opportunity to make a lot more than $3 off some sort of advertisement or sponsored post should fall into our laps, you will hear about it because we will be shilling whatever it is with all our heart. Even if it’s something completely unrelated, like luxury time shares.

How does your writing/creative process work?

A large proportion of the creative posts and funny quips you read pop into my head at 5 in the morning when I am inadvertently woken by the full weight of a developing fetus pressing down on my bladder.

Once the ideas have percolated through my sleep-deprived brain for a day or two, I wait for a time when Finn’s nap doesn’t coincide with my need to cook or clean or take a nap of my own (or I feel justified in ignoring all those chores) and then I sit down at the computer and pound them all out while repeatedly telling my older two that I will do whatever it is they want me to do with them in “just a minute” and threaten loss of dessert if they keep asking me the same thing over and over again.

Eventually, I hit “publish” and then spend the day or so checking my phone for comments and affirmation until I can repeat the process all over again.

I mean, you wanted the truth, right?

Last but not least, it is my pleasure to introduce the next stop on this blog-tour that I have been honored to be a part of: Hilary, from Hil’s Kitchen! Hilary is fantastic cook and recent mom of one. Her posts about her new foray from the kitchen into parenthood are poignant, thought-provoking and very relatable for any mom.

This concludes this portion of the Blogland Tour. Please exit to your right and we hope you have enjoyed your stay.

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9 thoughts on “A Blog Tour

  1. I’ve been reading your blog since it was featured on money saving mom, and I wanted to finally break my silence to tell you that I am truly inspired by your honesty and dedication to blog about your experience in a truthful way. I am always delighted to find a new post in my email inbox and do hope you continue! I’m a wife of a hardworking man trying to live simply in a tiny space to save money and pay down debt, so I take comfort in knowing that it’s a learning curve for all of us. (And I don’t even have children yet, so I have SO much respect for you!) Bless you and your beautiful family. 🙂

    1. Thank you Marie! I’m glad you broke your silence 🙂 And yes, there is a huge learning curve when it comes to trying to live within or below our means, whatever the situation we’re in!

  2. I have been reading since almost the beginning, and I’m glad you’ve continued even though it’s not generating any cash for your new home. At least it will be great journal of this experience for you and your kids to look back on years from now!

  3. Thank you so much for joining the Tour of Blogland! I love learning about bloggers and why they do what they do. You and I are on the same page as far as earnings go;0) I’m heading to check out Hil’s Kitchen!

  4. I was introduced to your blog via Jayleen (How do the Jones do it?). Very interesting blog you are writing! Living a bit of a non-traditional lifestyle myself (trucker’s wife) I thoroughly enjoy taking a peak into the lives of others who also don’t “fit the mold” so to speak! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Okay, so one, you’re hilarious and two, you’re freaking awesome! 🙂 Seriously though, making money blogging is a struggle but I think you’ll make it because your writing style is awesome! I really enjoyed reading this and learning about your bus living. Pretty awesome sauce.

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