1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
I mainly try to promote my writing, either by providing new bits of fiction or poetry to entertain readers, or by giving amusing glimpses of my life so (hopefully) people will feel they know me a little.
3] How old is your Blog?
This blog began in March 2011.
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
At that time, I was very sad over a relationship and posted moody lyrics and such as catharsis. I’ve deleted many of those posts.
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
Extremely young, in the single digits.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
I’ve always read a lot, so probably other creative works inspired me. It seemed natural to begin a diary and to write silly little rhymes.
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 generally just flows, but the prompts are a great help too. In fact, I’d never dabble in sci-fi if it were not for prompts, and I’m enjoying it!
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
You can’t tear me away.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
I tweet some; the occasional poem appears on Twitter (@lightm0tifs). And of course I have books for sale on Amazon.
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
My blog link is in my Twitter profile and in my email sig. Not sure that helps much. Most of my traffic is from WP itself.
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 don’t have it ever. There are times I lose interest in a particular WIP, but I always have something else to write about. There have been times I’ve completely lost interest in finishing books because it’s so hard to generate sales, yet that never stops me from blogging.
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
I love to write humor as well as drop dead serious poetry.
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
The community support.
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
Lately it’s the actual prompts. There are such a great variety, and they keep me on my creative toes. I particularly like Fandango’s Provocative Question (weekly), The Haunted Wordsmith’s Genre Challenges, Melanie’s Share Your World, Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and Jim’s Sunday Song Lyrics. Loved your Valentine games, Rory! Plus all the cool photos that get me thinking of stories to tell are fun too.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
Follow and comment on other blogs you enjoy reading. Create fresh content at least a few times per week. Link back to other blogs when you do their prompts and challenges
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I write for the love of words.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
Yes. But I’d still write if no one engaged, though maybe I’d keep it all as a private diary.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
I’m not sure. I’d probably try new things, such as commenting more at other posts. I’ve never had this problem once I’ve gone “out there” though. When I first began this blog, I didn’t care, since it was more like a diary.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Varies hugely. Five minutes for a music link post to an hour for a brand new story.
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.
These aren’t my “best” posts, but I think they’re representative of me and my style. They’re from the early days when I didn’t have as many followers.
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
Write personal anecdotes or poetry or fiction. Share photos. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise your privacy ~ some of my favorite bloggers have never revealed their real names or faces. That’s fine. But don’t make your blog a business or medical type journal. I don’t want to see 5 signs of diabetes or 8 ways to organize my garage. Ick! Don’t give me links to news articles. I know how to google. If your blog is obviously a boring revenue stream (or attempting to be), why would I be interested in it?
My sincere thanks to Paula for taking the time to tell us about her blog and her writing, what motivates and inspires and prompts her to put pen to paper and mind to keyboard. Paula is spot on about the support and the spirit of WordPress, l have oft been astonished at not just the plethora of creativity that surrounds us here, but of the willingness of people to offer that support without ever wanting anything in return. It can be quite humbling. Her advice for new writers is also right on the button – share things about you, not things you don’t wish to, but share your mind, your creativity and your imagination – be you and be true to you.
Now if you are not yet following Paula, l would have to concede to being a little surprised, or that you are new and you are not yet aware of her writing – so what are you waiting for – pop on over and say hi! She doesn’t bite …. well not that hard anyway!!
So what inspired YOU to start your 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.