1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
Lifestyle, first. Travel, second. Personal, third.
3] How old is your Blog?
About one year old
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
This blog was created to alleviate my insanity of all of the native New Yorkers who have never explored their own backyard, yet persist on going to Turks and Caicos for an adventure. It is abhorrent to see people spend thousands of dollars to sit on a beach and do something trendy when New York has waterfalls, gorgeous miles of beaches, and iconic landmarks. Did you know the average New Yorker has never been to the Statue of Liberty or is even aware that New York has dozens of waterfalls?!
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
I have been writing since I was two years old. My own secret language eluded my parents to realise my genius, but I continued to write anyway. I established my own library within my home when I was seven years old. Unfortunately, very few family members were interested in checking out books from my collection so my efforts were in vain.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
Writing was a completely natural process for me, but I was most likely inspired by the solitude of an only-child household with a single working mum. I was a latchkey child from a very early age. I wrote my own stories and brought them to school for my teachers, the only people who seemed to appreciate my hard work. (Yes, those stories were catalogued in my library as well.)
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?
Writing comes easily to me because it is a primary form of communication. I am triggered by just about everything. My mind is typically overflowing with creative juices. The hardest part is staying focused on one thought to see it to fruition. This is probably why blogging works for me- it’s equivalent to short stories. My creativity extends to all art forms in my life. I would live best if I could live as a free artist.
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
I write or think about writing every day. Although there are creative aspects to my blog, it is primarily fact based. I typically need to organize my thoughts before I begin writing. My posts are written in stages to ensure as much continuity and accuracy as possible. I spend about 10-20 hours each week writing, however I only post 1-2 times per week.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
Word Press is the platform I use for my blogging. I’m pretty new to this. I try to stay connected through social media and I have had a few pieces published in literary magazines and website newspapers.
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
I do use social media to connect to other writers and “advertise” my blog. I’m on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram Trip Advisor and Pinterest.
Pinterest seems very effective, but I am too new to reap the full extent of its power.
Twitter has been the best to interact and connect with new people. The connections I have made on Twitter have actually encouraged the growth of my blog and given me some really great tips. I learned about Canva and how to use Pinterest from Twitter connections.
Instagram seems like a big waste of time, but I already had an account so I’m trying to give it another “go.” Some people really like their Instagram account, but I find it’s just a forum for the follow-unfollow game. I’m more interested in engagement.
FaceBook is also pretty useless to me. It’s not as bad as Instagram, but there is virtually no interaction compared to Twitter.
Trip Advisor is another source to market my blog since it involves quite a bit of travel to specific places. It is much different than the aforementioned platforms, but can direct traffic to my site nonetheless. The nice thing about Trip Advisor is that the information I write stays specific to what people search for in a much smaller pool. You can generate a following, but you need to pick and choose your battles with all of the “social media” and information platforms.
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 the opposite problem. I have writer’s flood. However, keeping me on task is probably very similar to getting someone motivated. I try not to let any idea be cast aside. For every idea, I draft a new post or categorize it into an already drafted post. Then, of course, I have a literal collection of pads and scrap paper clipped together comprised of any ideas, notes, and information I stumble upon. When enough ideas begin to accumulate, I know it’s time to settle down and work on developing the story/blog. When I struggle with formatting ideas or content, I review my collection of notes and even resort to internet searches for fact-based content that enhances my story/blog.
A good rule of thumb for most writers is to remember “beginning, middle, and end.” Establish one sentence that introduces your idea/thought. Write a second sentence that will back up this idea/thought. Write a third sentence that brings them together in conclusion for the reader. Once you have those three sentences, you can begin to elaborate into paragraphs with relative information. Good writing structure will help you reach your finished product.
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
All of my writing is non-fiction or non-fiction based. I enjoy adding humility and hope to detract from the darkness. My blog and current published works are non-fiction, but I have a children’s novel and screenplay which would be considered fiction. I tend to argue the line between fiction and non-fiction when the stories are based on real life even when told in a fantasized way.
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
From what I am seeing in the community, blogging gives people a voice, an outlet.
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
New York Family Adventures is already stuck to a theme. I take just about any adventure we have and turn it into a post. This includes road trips, parks, saving money at attractions, and even living in a tiny home.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
This isn’t a one way street and luck alone will not bring you success. Get involved in the community. It will bring you new ideas and teach you how to achieve your goals in addition to helping you grow your audience. Hopefully, your horizons will also be broadened by reading some of the terrific blogs out there.
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I literally love writing, but blogging was chosen for the opportunity to learn how to create a passive income stream. It is very difficult to work 50-60 hours per week to pay bills and then try to find the time to pursue other goals and interests. It is my hope that I can develop a blog that will become an income source so I can spend more time working on novels and screenplays. In the meantime, I really enjoy writing New York Family Adventures.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
YES, but by engagement I mean having your reader interested and reading through to the end for a desired outcome. I don’t believe an engaging audience will always comment, but you should notice some activity–clicking on links, sharing the post, liking it, following, etc.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
Crikey! This happens and it is disheartening, but you should consider the type of blog you are writing before you set your expectations. My blog is more informative and it doesn’t always generate a “comment.” I’m more interested in how many times the post is visited and if I created enough interest for them to click on the informational links. However, if I never received a comment, email, or question regarding my work, I would definitely be investigating why. Formatting is crucial and creating a “call to action” is necessary. AND engaging with the blogging and social media community is imperative.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Writing and publishing a post will typically take me 3-5 days if I work on it a couple of hours each day. I try to not let it drag more than 7-10 days, so if my schedule doesn’t allow the extra time for writing, I will forego some sleep 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.
I’ve always wanted to write a “Top 10” post, so I’m happy that I finally developed enough content to do so…
My journey living in a Tiny Home has been a great self-awareness experiment and it’s become a huge part of my life. I think this post is a good representation…
I really love it when I post something that no one else is writing about, especially if they’ve never even heard about it before. The travel blogging community is not easily impressed and I find a lot of the blogs focus on the same themes–larger, more exotic or tourist travel. Here’s one example…
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
Keep writing, keep reading, keep learning.
My sincere thanks to Emily for taking the time to answer the Truly Inspired questions and for wishing to participate in the series. emily is our 60th Interview!
Emily offers out some nice advice, it’s simplicity in itself but it’s a credo l also like to adopt and that is Keep writing, keep reading, keep learning it doesn’t get much simpler and straight forwards than that, but it’s truthful.
Oh how l can relate to Writer’s Flood!
Now if as of yet you have not visited Emily’s blog, then l would advise you to do so, l have to concede that in reading both her answers here as well as her blog that my own knowledge of New york didn’t extend to knowing about waterfalls either!?
So what inspired YOU to start your blog?
Emily is our 60th Interview will you be our 61st?
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 the series.
Come ON Who is going to be number……..