My Colourful Life – Truly Inspired #52

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1] Blog Name

My Colourful Life

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

I’d say it was a lifestyle blog.

3] How old is your Blog?

Just over 6 months old, so only a teeny baby really!

4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?

I’ve had blogs in the past but they were far too niche for me to add to regularly and, slowly, they all ceased to exist.  I still wanted to write and share things and really sat and thought about what I wanted to blog about and all the ideas running through my head before I started this one.  So, really, in a nutshell, I missed writing.

5] What age were you when you first started to write?

I had a LiveJournal in what feels a million lifetimes ago, so around 18 years ago!

6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?

A lot of my friends were on LiveJournal and I used to read their blogs, back then it was more like a social media site than how blogs are today, and I decided that I wanted to keep in touch with friends and write about my day to day activities.  My first blog was more like an extension of a diary and soon replaced actual journal writing.

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 would love to say that my creativity flows easily, and more often than not it does but I do have days or even weeks where I struggle with creativity and it can be hard on those days to muster any sort of ideas.  I have found that when my creativity is flowing I can get inspiration from all sorts of places and have found that writing down these ideas can help when the creativity just isn’t there.  That and a good cup of coffee help loads!

8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?

I’d say I’m fairly frequent at blogging; I try to blog to a schedule which currently is a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with other posts popped in along the way.

9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?

I only use WordPress as my blog, I did try other platforms in the past but I never found that they could do what WordPress can.

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 a Twitter (@colourfullifeuk), Instagram (@my.colourful.life.uk), Bloglovin’ (@mycolourfullifeuk) and I’m on Pinterest too (mycolourfullife) but, in all honesty, I don’t really use them to their fullest at the moment.  I haven’t had Twitter for years and have never had a Pinterest account so I’m still trying to get to grips with how they work and how best to use them for my blog.  At the moment I haven’t had much success with any of them!  But I do welcome any tips your readers may have!

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 think everyone hits the dreaded writers block at one point or another and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t suffer from it now and again.  I work around it by writing down ideas for blog posts when they occur to me, including a title and what images and other info I may need, and refer to that when writers block descends.  I also try to have at least 20 posts that are already written and waiting to be posted just in case!

12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?

Well thought out and planned.  I like to be organised and have a schedule and write best when I already know the topic I’m writing about and when I want it published by.

13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?

There are so many things that are good about blogging but if I had to name just one it would be the sense of community and friendship between bloggers.  I think that the friendships I have created just by blogging, the help, support and encouragement are definitely the best thing in my eyes.

14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?

I post the topics I write about according to my schedule.  I sit down a few months in advance and have the topics I want to write about written down, I then categorise them into several different categories and colour code them before adding them into my calendar.  I find this is easier for me, and also for my readers as it means I cover a variety of topics through the month rather than focusing on just one topic.

15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?

Start reading other blogs on topics that interest you, comment on posts you like, ask questions and follow the ones you really like!  With writing your blog, try to post regularly, ask for your reader’s advice or ask your readers other questions relevant to the post content and don’t worry about your stats, they are just numbers.

16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?

It is a little bit of both, strategy and because I enjoy it.  I have a strategy in place to grow my blog enough that it pays for itself eventually and I can make enough money from it that I can drop my hours in work by a full day, but, whether that will ever happen is a bit hit or miss.  I guess looking forward, I would just love to be able to continue to write and have people enjoy what I produce.

17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?

I really do think that having an engaging audience is an important factor in blogging; it is really encouraging when someone leaves a comment or likes a post that you have written and published.  If the audience engage with certain topics more than others then you can use those figures to decide where to go with your blog and writing next.

18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?

I don’t get that many comments on my blog and it doesn’t bother me too much.  I do get likes daily for the posts I have written and that can mean as much as a comment.  I follow lots of blogs and I don’t always have time to comment or have much to say so I totally understand that people won’t always comment but I would say, if anyone is bothered then you need to look at how you interact with blogs and whether you comment or not then maybe, start commenting on blogs more often or try asking open questions at the end of your blog posts and see what happens then!

19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?

How long content takes me to complete from start to finish depends totally on how motivated I feel.  Sometimes it has taken me all day to write a post but usually it can take me around 20 mins to an hour from start to finish.

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.

These are my favourite posts to date…

Why I Love Blogging https://mycolourfullifeuk.com/2019/02/15/why-i-love-blogging/

How I Stay Creative https://mycolourfullifeuk.com/2019/01/18/how-i-stay-creative/

Why I Need a Blog Planner https://mycolourfullifeuk.com/2018/10/23/why-i-need-a-blog-planner/

21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?

Show up and don’t give up.  Basically, engage with your blog, your audience and other blogs regularly and keep on going.

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My genuine thanks to Suzi for taking the time to answer the Truly Inspired questionnaire with regards her blog and blogging experiences to date. I think Suzi’s advice on blogging is pretty accurate ‘show up and don’t give up‘ whilst simplicity in itself, but in reality is the very essence of blogging. Engage both with your blog and interact with those other bloggers and their blogs around you – wash, rinse and repeat.

If you as of yet are not aware of Suzi, please do pop along to her blog for a visit, check out her three favourited posts and read more about her.

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So what inspired YOU to start your blog?

Suzi is our 52nd Interview will you be our 53rd?

Please drop me an email at ….

aguycalledbloke63@gmail.com

…. and l will gladly write you up and share who you are.

It is simple – email me at the above Addy or drop me a line in my contact box and l will email you the questionnaire. Fill it in, send it back , and include images that you feel may support what you write, or about your blog, and l will write it up as a post and insert it into the series.

Come ON Who is going to be number……..

53???

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