1] Blog Name?
“Bitchin in the Kitchen.”
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
“I don’t have one. I write about everything from malarkey I get up to, thoughts on various topics and stuff I cook. I don’t fit into any category.”
3] How old is your Blog?
“4 months old.”
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
“I’ve been told I should write a book for literally years but honestly, I really don’t think I could. There’s a huge difference between telling my silly stories and writing a book. I was then pressured into starting a blog so I did a little research and found WordPress looked good so here I am – and I’m having a lot of fun!”
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
“I don’t consider myself a writer so never really.”
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
“I started off just like I am now, telling my silly stories on letters then emails when I started on the internet, chat boards and so on. Actually looking back, people have been nagging me to write since teenage pen pal days!”
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?
“A bit of both to be honest. I find it easy to tell the stories of crap I get up to or expressing my thoughts. The only post I struggled with was my story about George. That was terribly hard to write because I couldn’t stop crying.”
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
“Unless I’m ill or travelling, I’ll blog daily.”
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
“I link to some of my posts on Fab but not all. I’m very disillusioned with Facebook and would happily wean right off it. I do link to Twitter too.”
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
“No apart from sharing some posts on fFb and Twitter.”
11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?
“If I’m struggling to write one thing I stop and start a different post. If it doesn’t flow easily into my head then it isn’t the right time for it.”
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
“Anecdotal I guess?”
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
“The blogging community. If it wasn’t for the amazing support from other bloggers I don’t know if I’d have kept going. WordPress has such a great thing going with the community pool and first Fridays. Frankly I’m appalled that they stopped supporting those resources. They were what set WordPress apart from other blog sites. Thankfully Novus Lectio started her ‘Swimmers’ threads but if I started on WordPress now – I don’t know that I’d still be blogging in four months.”
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
“Something that happens and I want to share or a memory of past misdeeds!”
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
“Read as many blogs as you can. Surf other blogs comments to find other blogs to read. Like, comment, follow – CONNECT!! More than anything else, I would advise replying to comments. Make your readers feel like they are valued. Write what you feel passionate about, have fun. If you aren’t having fun – well life’s too short. Do what makes you happy.”
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
“I just write for fun. I enjoy the connections I make. I’m also thinking that long term, my kids will have something to look back at and realise their mum was truly nuts!”
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
“Whilst I love the responses I get to posts I think it’s important to write as if no one will ever read it. If you’re writing purely for your own fun it will never be a chore.”
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
“When I first started blogging no one did! It took me a while to get followers. It’s not a case of “if you build it they will come”. You have to build it ‘abc’ and tell everyone it’s there and that comes from engaging with other blogs. If people didn’t comment now, I’d think I’d written something too controversial – and that’s okay because I have to be true to me. If you aren’t writing with honesty about stuff of value to you, how can you expect others to react with authenticity?”
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
“I’ve never timed myself but the thing that takes me forever are the Award style posts. I spend absolutely ages looking up links for other blogs etc.”
20] Which do you think are your best 3 posts to date?
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“I don’t know about best but I was literally laughing like a banshee writing these.”
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
“Engage with other bloggers. Join in on the Swimmers threads. If you can’t find them, message me, I’ll point you at them! They are on Monday’s every week. Comment on other blogs and follow them.”
“Never, never, never underestimate the power of connecting with other bloggers.”
My thanks to Britchy of Bitchin in the Kitchen for taking the time to participate in the Truly Inspired series 2 and explaining in detail what makes her blog ‘her blog and our blog too’. It’s has taken me some time to get Britchy to fill in one of these questionnaires and l am finally glad she has now done so.
If you don’t know Britchy’s blog ………. once more l find myself stopping there and absorbing what l just wrote, ‘Don’t know Britchy’s blog’ are you insane to have written that Rory?’ Then what are you waiting for, hit that link now and stand by for a rollercoaster ride into pure nuttiness or jam, or mishap and misadventure or, or and yes there is plenty of what’s, is’s and or’s available to read through!
You will not leave ……….. disappointed, l mean you have to leave otherwise when would you sleep, but make sure you book mark.
I love Britchy’s writing, her blog and her ways and wyles about life and l feel pretty darn sure you will too.
Brilliant advice also, engage with the community, this is a truly wonderful and beautifully interactive pool of creativity and humour, genius and inspiration. Write first and foremost for you, irrelevant to who is out there reading, they are just a bonus. Have fun, because without fun, what’s the point?
What made you start writing, what inspired you to decide to start blogging about your story? Tell us about it. Take us through a sampling of your journey – tell us what makes you who you are?
Please drop me an email at ….
…. 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 this series here.