1] Blog Name
RayNotBradbury -my main blog.
Becky All-Inclusive – my blog about health, wisdom, food, life.
Luke Copyright – my Blog for men, 18+ (adult humour fiction).
“All of them you can find on the page ‘About Ray’ on my main blog.”
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
“Creative writing, book reviews, prompts, health, adult humor fiction, sometimes poetry, food, mindfulness, psychology/science, erotica.”
3] How old is your Blog?
“RayNotBradburyBlog was created 6 December 2016. But I didn’t blog from April 2017 to December 2017 (almost 8 month) there.
Luke Copyright- 1 February 2018
Becky All-Inclusive- in april 2018″
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
“I don’t know. I just kinda ‘started’ it. I love trying new things…”
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
“First grade. It was in Russian, of course. Because I was born in USSR.”
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
“I learned to read when I was 4 yo. My father always took me to the library with him, on weekends (2 days). Plus I have played in all concerts, in a stage-plays for the different celebrations, danced, sang in the chorus… when I was in the kindergarten. I have always been very ‘creative’ person. I guess it is in Me – the process. So it is ‘natural’ 🙂 “
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?
“Everything around us is a trigger. You can’t say – ‘I woke up and it just flows OUT of me’. Only NOTHING can flows out of NOWHERE!
“You are using all your senses (plus the mind and feelings), and as the result -> you are inspired = you are catching the idea = you are creating, because it flows …”
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
“At least 4 times a week. But often I’m posting 2 or even 3 times a day, because I have 3 blogs on WordPress. I’m taking breaks sometimes (for a week or a couple of days).”
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
“Just WordPress. I use other social platforms only to spread the word – to share and promote my blog-pages. But you’ll never find me ‘communicating’ on those platforms. I also dislike chats. Chat irritates me. I don’t like to chat with the same person during longer time – I prefer to talk/chat with a lot of different people at once, if I have to.”
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
“Yes. Facebook, Google + and Twitter.
FB gives from 10 to 60 views a day. Twitter – 5-15. Google + depends on the day. Sometimes I’m sharing a lot there, in different groups. Then it gives result. On a lazy sad day 5-15.
But ‘the social media’-sharing is very time consuming job! “
11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?
“Never. I don’t understand what it is. I have a post about it on my Ray NotBradbury Blog – I’d advise to read it to everyone who think they’ve got ‘that block’. Just type in search window – ‘Writers block as a trend‘ and you’ll find it.”
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
“Anything. Narrative non-fiction is my preferred genre.
I’m writing a lot of odd stuff too, especially in my stories.”
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
“To have fun… to make people (and myself) smile.”
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
“I’m participating in Prompts if I can. I also run the writing prompts and challenges, listed on my page: Cool Prompt and Discover Challenges (weekly).
Everyone is welcome to try – go, grab it!”
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
“Communicate, but do not stress much.
Doesn’t matter how good you promote or write – the response is never higher than 25-30%. So if you are going to follow 100 blogs a day, only 20-30 will follow you back. From them only 5-6 will comment. That’s how it works.”
“Remember: numbers doesn’t work the way it looks.”
“My personal advice: Have fun and go wild sometimes! Do something UnEXPECTABLE! or NEW! … and do not forget to take breaks! To rest from the blogging – is very important.”
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
“First of all – I am having fun.
Second: I love planning and structure. There’s always some kind of the structure (like bricks in the house) – in my blog and posts. I’m enjoying it. Because this is HOW I am. My childhood friend usually called my writings: ‘meaningful chaos’. She’s right, I guess.”
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
“I don’t know. Both.
Right now my comments are turned off, just for the summer. It feels fine. Less stress. We’ll see how it goes later. I always comment on the posts I’m reading or find interesting and I’m always checking the Reader and those bloggers I already know.
I feel it is important – to comment and laugh together.
But the content is more important anyway… “
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
“It wouldn’t be blog anymore lol
Just as I said above, I turned off the comments. It allows me to write and do not care about any communication at least on my page. I find it refreshing some way (maybe because I had a lot of comments during last months/years).”
“If you are a new blogger and nobody comments on your blog or very rarely – enrol in some kind of prompt on WP (if you love writing), use ‘awards’ and comment at least on 10 blogs a day. 3-5 of them will get back to your page. It is a good start!”
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
“If a story:
I always write some kind of ‘carcass’ with a pen first (words, thoughts, ideas).
Then I create list of the heroes = names.
Then I’ll add the main dialogue.
After that I’m moving to my laptop and I’m writing OUTLINE.
Then I’m writing the text. Usually it takes 2 hours (600-800 words story), sometimes 3 (if 900-1200 or more).”
“If the book review:
the same concept but less time – 1, 5-2 hrs max.
Simply because I have the book (a story)in my hands and I can use it as a bricks.”
“If a usual post (blah – non-fiction) – takes probably 30 min – max 1 hr.”
“If inspirational or ‘sharing’ post – usually from 15 min – to 1 hr (depends on the material and the length).Sometimes it takes extra time to find the pictures too. Especially gifs for Luke Copyright Blog.”
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.
“ANYTHING on my blogs. PICK ANY! 🙂
I never regreted any post.
I never felt sad, ashamed, not-enough for posting my ‘post’. All of them are me. And I do love them. So just pick any to read…”
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
“Understand – You are awesome! Start from there…
Begin your day with:
– picking a tag and checking the posts in the Reader on this tag (up to date, only fresh posts!)- read and comment – at least on 10 blogs. Follow those you liked the most.
Make it a habit!
Do not write ‘dying’ post. By ‘dying’ I mean boring AF!
Write about yourself and FOR yourself!
Plus write about something you like: hobby, passion, memories…
Never go around WP leaving links to your blog in the comments, and asking to follow, to check, to read. It is childish. Plus there’re special places for that: to share blogs.
And Stay Happy!:)”
My sincere thanks to Ray for taking the time to participate in the Truly Inspired series 2 especially as she is on holiday, so l do genuinely appreciate it. With Ray explaining the process and thought structure behind her blogs l found fascinating, similiar to my own process and l should imagine similiar to many of you also. But if not, there is some truly sound advice in there.
Blogging isn’t really a numbers game, but of course there are numbers involved, reflectively of course it is down to each writer if they wish to ‘play’ the numbers game, Ray chooses not to. Her advice on not getting too stressed is also invaluable – getting stressed doesn’t actually help your creative juices flow any faster. I write for myself first and foremost, don’t get me wrong, l also write for my audience, but principally l write for myself.
What l love about the WordPress community over other platforms is it allows me to socialise my way, it’s not sped up like one finds in Twitter, or stagnant like Facebook, it travels at its own pace and of course you can alter the speed, but if you write for yourself, then numbers and speed matter not and this is also what Ray is suggesting – write for you, but be you, don’t try and be someone else, because you can’t do it.
Write for your enjoyment, make yourself smile with a post, write with your personality as this will shine through and when readers grasp what and who you are and your writing style, your personal identity is what they come to appreciate, able to relate to and of course resonate with.
Ray’s summary of the numbers aspect is l think a really important factor and feature to pay attention to “Doesn’t matter how good you promote or write – the response is never higher than 25-30%. So if you are going to follow 100 blogs a day, only 20-30 will follow you back. From them only 5-6 will comment. That’s how it works.”
But above everything the one thing, the main tactic if you will or strategy if you prefer is to have fun and stay happy and smile.
Once again Ray, many many thanks for taking part, a thoroughly enjoyable interview.
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