1] Blog Name:
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
I write about my problems and complaints, chronic illness, mental illness, diabetes, fibromyalgia. I am a poet (published book entitled “Collage of My Mind”, a writer of short stories and blogs. I post cartoons sometimes for a little levity. I am also an artist, I (less frequently than I used to) draw and sketch. My favorite subject is the human face. Photoshop has become a real part of art that I create lately.
3] How old is your Blog?
Five years old. I started at WordPress in 2013. I posted one piece that year.
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
It was the other way ‘round for me, actually. I didn’t feel any need to do it, it just happened. One day I looked up and guess what? I had a blog.
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
Early teens. I wrote a humorous short story about Little Red Riding Hood, which a ‘friend’ promptly stole and which I never saw again. Learned something about lending unpublished material to people that day.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
It was spontaneous. Now. My mother was a writer too. Never published, but a cousin of mine remembers her short stories and loved them. If I can ever find them, I may see if someone will publish them.
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?
It depends. Sometimes I need motivation, but usually I can find my own words without trouble.
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
I try to do it every day. Blame Stephen King for that. In “OnWriting” … his rather farcical book on writing ‘rules’ he says to do that. To Just Start Writing (typing) ..even nonsense and you’ll get an idea or a story from doing that. It’s true too.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
I have one short story on another website (maybe). It was “Honorable Mention” in a writing contest offered there and the prize was publication on their site.
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
No I do not. Respect to those who want a lot of attention from doing that sort of thing, for me personally? I find social media tiresome and irritating.
11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?
See question #8.
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
Huh? I don’t know what those are and if I even have a ‘style’ as such. Maybe it’s ‘folksy’ or “real” or something.
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
It helps me clear my brain of a lot of useless information and ideas that clog it up time to time.
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
On WordPress specifically? The Daily Prompts. They focus my intentions. But things that happen to me in daily life also prompt me, as do humorous things I happen to see.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
Put down the damned cell phone and experience life without boundaries. I watch young people and think how much they’re missing because they are always looking at their phones. Now that assumes that ‘new bloggers’ are always young people, which isn’t so. ANY new blogger should write first for themselves and share that with the world. I find those sorts of blogs the most intriguing and am more likely to follow someone who tells a real story versus a lot of rules or ‘should not do’ type stuff.
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I enjoy it. It’s in my blood.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
I don’t really understand this question, so my answer might not be on topic. But no. I don’t write for an audience. I’m flattered if someone likes what I write and follows it or mentions my post or my blog as something to view; but I write for me.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
It would be discouraging sure. Nobody likes to feel they are just tossing their pearls into a void and there’s no response, but as said in Question 17, I write for myself. Therefore comments are nice but not mandatory. In fact, lately I’ve had several blog posts on which nobody said a damned thing at all. A few likes, but no comments. I wouldn’t have a clue about how to rectify that.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
It depends on what I’m writing about. It can take as little as an hour or so, or it may take days or weeks before I’m satisfied with something. I’m always finding ways to improve my posts too, one ‘old’ post I re-read recently had eight edits to it. I’m shocked at that number, but not surprised.
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 don’t know. I like all my posts equally, but have had some that were more popular “by the numbers” than others, so I’ll share those.
and an extra, just because:
The page I have set up for these ‘favorites by the numbers” is found at:
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
Hang in there. Tell YOUR story or share your writing in the way that is most comfortable for you. The readers will come and will follow. Patience is required.
My genuine thanks to Melanie for taking the time to write about the inspiration and creational thought to her blog.
I agree with what was said about King’s On-Writing – l also read this book, and found some of it very entertaining, but principally, his advice was ‘just do it’, you won’t know who you really are until you do just that. Your mind can find something to create sometimes from the silliest of notions, ideas and concepts, but you will never know unless you start to write. But not just stop there, but to continue at it, bringing life into ‘practice makes perfect’.
If you are not yet familiar with the writing and doodles from Melanie’s mind, then most assuredly do take the time to visit her blog! sparksfromacombustiblemind
Once more, my sincere thanks to you Melanie for taking part.
So tell me, tell us. What inspired you to start your blog, did you just one day look up, like Melanie and suddenly ‘hey presto’, l have made myself a blog?
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…. 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.