1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
My blog does not really fit into any specific category. I write a lot of poetry and touch on mental health issues, where I share my own experiences with anxiety and depression. I like to set writing challenges every now and then for my readers and there is a sprinkling of creative writing pieces. I suppose if I had to choose a category to put myself into, it would be Creative Writing.
3] How old is your Blog?
My blog is around one year and three months old.
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
I started blogging to become more open. I had been very closed off as a person most of my life and I hoped that starting a blog would start me on a journey of learning and sharing who I am. As I enjoy writing so much, I also saw it as an opportunity to become consistent.
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. If I had to put an age on it, I would say 10 years old. I remember I used to make my own books out of scrap paper and a stapler.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
I have always had an active imagination. I used to make up stories in my head and I would day dream a lot. When I was able, I put pen to paper and wrote down my ideas. I suppose it was a natural process.
7] Would you say that your creativity flows easily, or do you need to be motivated by an event or a moment in your life to trigger it?
I used to rely on depressive episodes for inspiration. Whenever I was in a dark place, the inspiration and ideas would flow freely, and I would just write what came to mind. I realised after a long time that this was not a good way to be. Now instead, I find inspiration in all lights. Sometimes still from the darkness, but I do not rely on it anymore. It took a lot of time and I am still learning, but I can see progress.
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
I usually blog at least once a week. More so if inspiration takes the wheel. I wanted to write more frequently and there was a point in time where I forced myself to blog every day. The quality of the blogs and the heart were just not there and so I went back to blogging only when I have something to share. I definitely think quality over quantity when it comes to blogging.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
Currently it is just WordPress where my writing is displayed, unless you count my bad jokes on Twitter!
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
I have my blog connected to Twitter, but I honestly do not think it is that effective. Most of my readers come directly from WordPress.
11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?
I have not yet found a successful way to battle writer’s block. I currently wait it out and as soon as inspiration hits, I am straight back to putting words to page. I would be interested to know how others battle writer’s block though!
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
I do not really think that I have a style. I can only be myself and hope that any message I want to get across is reached in a positive way.
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
Hands down it is the interaction I have with other bloggers. I have met so many wonderful human beings via WordPress who I otherwise would never have met. The community on WordPress is by far the best, it is full of supportive and understanding people. I love the fact that I feel safe within the community.
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
It could be a sudden thought I have which makes me feel the need to jot it down. It could come from a dream I just woke up from. It could be a topic that I feel passionate about. It can even come from looking out of the window and the view in front of me could prompt a topic. Often, I can be daydreaming whilst doing mundane tasks such as the dishes and a thought will pop into my head and stay there until I write it down.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
I think that it is important to make sure you use relevant tags on your blog posts. It is also wise to research the tags you are using and see if many other bloggers post using those tags. If you write a poem for example then a good tag to use would be “Poetry” and if you search poetry in the WordPress reader, then you will see this is a popular tag. If you used the tag “Rhyme” you might find that it is used a lot less often and if it is used less often, then that also means that less people are searching for content using that tag and it is effect, a wasted tag.
Reading other blogger’s posts that are relevant to you and getting involved in discussions is a great way to put yourself out there. Just be wary how you do this, it can be viewed as rude if your comment is purely to advertise your own blog. If someone is interested in your blog and wants to follow it, they will do so without you having to ask. Being genuine and interacting with other bloggers is also a great way to get to know people you might otherwise have never known.
When it comes to engaging with readers on your own blog posts, it is always nice to ask a question regarding what you are writing about to get the opinions of those who are reading your blog. This is a great way to interact with your readers. I have learnt a lot from looking at things from other’s perspectives.
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I simply blog for the love of it. One day I would love to have a career from writing but unfortunately, I do not think that blogging full time could be my job.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
The interaction that I have with my readers has definitely been an encouragement for me. It is heart-warming when I receive words of support and love on posts where I express I am feeling down or am going through a tough time. They are there with me through thick and thin and as it is now, I do feel that it is important.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
I would wonder if anybody was reading what I was writing, and it would be disconcerting. I think if we are all completely honest with ourselves, we in one way or another seek validation and I am no different. If I suddenly stopped getting comments on my posts, I would certainly question my content and worry that I may have offended people. I think if this happened, I would write a post and ask what had changed. If I got no comments on that, I am not sure what my next step would be to be honest.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Anywhere from 45 minutes to a couple of weeks. I feel like there is a time and a place for each of my posts and they sort of come out when they are ready. I am just the fingers that do the typing.
20] Which do you think are your best 3 posts to date? Please link below so that our readers can see your style and take a step into your world.
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
Firstly, welcome! My advice would be to be yourself. Enjoy what you are writing about, that is the most important thing. The numbers and the interactions come later, the main thing is that you are enjoying your new hobby. Try not to compare yourself to others and their blogs. You have a voice and you probably want to be heard, that might be why you started a blog in the first place. Do not get discouraged if your blog does not take off right away, nothing happens overnight. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. The WordPress community is filled with loving, caring individuals who offer the best advice and support. Whatever you decide to do with your blog, I wish you the best of luck with it.
(Side note) – Thank you so much for considering me for this Q&A. I had a blast answering your questions. It has given me the chance to look back at my blog from the start to now and see how much it has changed and grown. I have been blogging for a little over a year, but I could not imagine my life without it now. Blogging has truly helped me grow as a person and has taught me that it is okay to be me. For that I am forever thankful.
My thanks to Sara In LaLaLand for taking the time to participate in the Truly Inspired series 2 – l thoroughly enjoyed Sara’s honesty when answering the questions posed and like many other readers also agree as we have all done since l began this series, that first and foremost when writing to do so for yourself.
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