1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
“No specific genre. It’s an eclectic mix. I started writing it because I found writing about my mom’s death very cathartic. If you go back to my earlier posts, a lot of them are very sad. Now I have very random blog posts such as:
- Thank You Mondays (A spin on Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Note Fridays)
- Tasty Tuesdays – I share my favorite recipes, either ones I’ve made myself, with my husband, or from my favorite places.
- Wordless Wednesdays – Either pictures I’ve taken, others have taken (with their permission, of course, or pictures I’ve found online and fell in love with.)
- Nostalgia Thursdays – My take on throwback Thursday. I share my favorite memories or things from the past.
- Fiction Friday – I wrote some Sherlock Fanfiction earlier this year, it was just a fun thing and I honestly didn’t plan for it to be fanfiction when I started writing it, but I went with it and it blew up! I received so much positive feedback, so I decided I would start sharing my fictional pieces on a regular basis.
- Soulful Sunday – This is where I bare my soul and share what’s on my mind, quotes, or philosophical questions.
- Love And The Country – My spin on “Sex and the City,” I talk mostly about my friendships and our adventures here.
“You will see random other posts from time to time. My blog is a mix of all kinds of things, but I have very vast taste in lots of areas, so that’s bound to come out in my blog.”
3] How old is your Blog?
“3 Years next month.”
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
“I have been writing for as far back as I can remember, and I’ve always been pretty good at it. My English teachers have told me they expected me to publish a novel one day, and it’s always been a dream of mine. In college, my creative writing teacher said he had no doubts he’d see my name in bookstores. I stopped writing for a while (I have no idea why,) but as I mentioned before, when my mom was on her death bed I started writing again, and I realized just how much I missed it and found it cathartic. I thought that if I could maybe reach out to others who were also grieving that would be great, so I started blogging”
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
“Oh geez, as soon as I could hold a pencil? I remember reading the Velveteen Rabbit when I was only 4 or 5. It was the first actual book I ever read, and even at that young of an age, I knew it’s what I wanted to do. So I wrote poems for my parents, brother, and grandma”
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
“Ha ha! I guess I should read all of the questions ahead of time instead of reading them as I go. Well, “The Velveteen Rabbit” was what inspired me to become a writer, but my maternal grandmother was the first person who persuaded me to follow my dreams. I always said my first published novel would be dedicated to her.”
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?
“My creativity ebbs and flows. Sometimes, it comes very naturally, while at others, certain sounds or smells definitely trigger it, and I have to open my laptop or journal to get my thoughts written down.”
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
“I try to write every single day, and I try to blog at least once a week, but sometimes life happens, and unfortunately, both get put on the back burner, but I always find my way back to it. It’s something I very much enjoy, and I feel like a part of me is missing when I haven’t written for a while.”
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
“WordPress has the bulk of my work, but I am in the works of posting a few fictional pieces on Wattpad and Creepypasta. I also have a few poems that have been published in the National Poets Society book.”
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
“Yes, I use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They all help a lot, I’ve been getting a lot more followers recently, and I believe Social Media is to thank for that!”
11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?
“Meditation. I do some yoga and then just sit and focus on my breathing. I clear my mind of all the things that are worrying me and cluttering my head with unnecessary things that are keeping my creativity from doing its job. Not only does it work, but it’s good for my soul. I feel so refreshed afterwards. Also, some time spent with my very good friend Amanda always helps to recharge my batteries, we have very in depth, philosophical conversations, and that’s usually all I need to get my creative juices flowing again!!”
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
“Descriptive and Narrative.”
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
“Writing is very cathartic for me, it’s the one aspect in my life where I am a bit selfish. I find that my best writing comes from my heart, I have to write for me because when I write for others, it’s not that my writing is bad, but it doesn’t flow as easily, however; I will say I think the best thing to come out of blogging are the friendships I’ve made. I have been surprised to see my little blog grow so much over the years, it started as basically a journal, and so many people reached out, and I’ve made pen pals, friends that I can count on, and I’ve been able to connect with other bloggers and writers and share our love for writing. I also really like reading their blog posts and learning more about them! I just love everything about blogging!!”
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
“Hmmm…..what a great question! You know, I’m not really sure I’ve ever thought about it. It could be anything, random things strike me at random times. It could be a client or colleague at work that says something and I can’t get it out of my mind, it could be a spontaneous lunch date with my husband or father, a call from my brother, a song, anything really.”
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
“First of all, do it for you, don’t worry so much about gaining an audience right away, they will come. As you figure out what direction you want your blog to go in, and you’ve found the topics that makes your heart happy, seek out similar blogs, when you find a blog you like don’t be afraid to tell the blogger how much you enjoy it. Re-blog or share your favorite blog posts that you stumble across, and share your own blog posts on social media.”
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
“I simply write because I enjoy writing. I have topics I tend to stick to, but if I force myself to only write certain topics on certain days I end up stressing myself out, and it’s not necessary. As I mentioned, writing and blogging has to be for me, first and foremost. That’s why some days you’ll see a recipe posted on a day other than “Tasty Tuesday,” somethings are too good to wait!”
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
“Yes and no. Having an audience that engages is very inspiring, and I really enjoy that interaction, even if I’m the one doing more of the commenting on other blogs rather than receiving feedback on mine, but I don’t think it’s necessary to keep writing. I would still write even if I didn’t have an audience. But I love all of you, so please don’t take that the wrong way…I hope you stick around!!”
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
“Again, not really. I never expected anyone to comment on my blog posts. I’ve honestly been surprised at the feedback I have received. I love feedback, but if I don’t receive I’ll keep on writing and sharing, and commenting on other blog posts anyway.”
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
“It really depends on what I’m writing. I’ve written a few paragraphs that only take a few minutes to complete, but I have a few works in progress that I’ve been working on for years.”
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?
“Just write, write what’s on your heart, and write for you! Find other bloggers that write about your interests, reach out when you find a post they’ve written that spoke to you or is really well written. Not only will you make their day, but you might make a friend!”
First and foremost my thanks to Kristian of Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table for taking the time to write about what inspires her now and of course originally and in so doing creating her blog.
If you are not yet familiar with her works, then do make sure you hit the links of her three favourited posts above and whilst there stop and take time to visit her writing, posts and thoughts, not forgetting to check out the dailies.
From all the interviews so far in the Truly Inspired series, we have seen very similiar thoughts from bloggers, but sometimes we don’t often see this little tidbit and it is so very true. I wrote about nominations to another blogger only today about that when you are nominated by a blogger who has taken the time to create a nomination post and then nominated you, then it really makes their day if you celebrate that fact even if you run an award free blog, the simple acknowledgement means a lot. A blogger has thought of you and your blog in a way that inspires them to nominate you in the first place. The point is this and Kristian summed it up beautifully and l shall quote her directly … “Find other bloggers that write about your interests, reach out when you find a post they’ve written that spoke to you or is really well written. Not only ‘will you make their day’, but you might make a friend!”
I think that is quite important, that is sometimes forgotten, about the work that not only goes into nomination and award posts, but all posts.
Once again, my sincere thanks to you Kristian for taking part.
So tell me, tell us. What inspired you to start your blog, was it just a way of venting, or inspiring and exploring the inner you, or did you, like Kristian perhaps find it a way of dealing with the hurdles and obstacles that life throws at you?
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.