1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
Ah! This is a difficult one, as I’m still not 100 per cent sure myself. I like to write about several subjects so I call it a Lifestyle and Personal Development blog. I also do book and movie reviews and the odd article on food and health.
3] How old is your Blog?
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
Around 18 months ago, I started to write again after a gap of nearly 25 years. My work was politely rejected by two places where I submitted sample articles. Rather than face a third rejection, I decided to start my own blog. It is interesting that one of the newspapers that rejected me then went on to publish both of my sample pieces much later.
These people did me a good turn. Without those rejections, I might never have taken the plunge.
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
If by that you mean write to be published, then I was 24 or 25. I had just finished my medical degree . I did a weekly freelance humour column in a prestigious newspaper for about six months.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
I had always liked to write stories and essays in school so it was something that I had wanted to do always.
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 flows fairly easily since I write mostly about what I want to. Although I don’t need to be motivated per se, a chance remark, something I have read or seen can trigger a piece of writing
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
I am as prolific as time permits. If I could have my way I would probably post several times a day, but life happens, and I can’t do it. I tried to post twice a day but could not keep it up. I can usually manage an average of one post per day.
When I first launched my blog I used to write longer posts, between 500 and 1000 words and posted once or twice a week. With experience, I realised that people do not have the time or patience to read very long posts. So I switched to shorter, more frequent pieces.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
Just WordPress so far, although I have linked my blog to Twitter and Facebook.
10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?
I read and watched a lot of advice on blog promotion and social media. So I made Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest accounts just for my blog. But I don’t get the time the time to use them, although I did try.
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 guess I have probably not written enough yet so I have not encountered writer’s block. My problem is quite the opposite: finding time and opportunity to write down all my ideas.
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
Informal, conversational and humorous ( I hope).
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
There are lots of “best” things about blogging:
The opportunity to express yourself without editorial constraints and get people to read your content.
Interaction with other bloggers—making lots of new friends.
I could go on and on but I think that is enough for now.
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
Like I said before, it could have been something I heard, read or saw. Or it could be a writing prompt word or picture that “spoke’” to me.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
My advice to new bloggers would be to:
Write short posts frequently.
Try to write the best content you can.
Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors in your work—you can use apps available for these.
Try to find the kind of posts that you want to write on the WordPress reader, read and comment on these.
Enjoy yourself ! Blogging should be a fun activity.
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
For this blog, I just enjoy writing. Later I might launch another one and try to monetize that. I would have to come up with a strategy then.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
Most definitely ! The instant feedback that the comments section gives is a great source of satisfaction and further writing inspiration for me.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
Yes it would. I would read other people’s posts that led to lots of comments and maybe try to emulate their style.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
The actual writing doesn’t take very long. I take time over finding appropriate images, selecting the font, headings etc. Also, I am technologically challenged so I sometimes get stuck over the most simple things.
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?
Have fun! Write as much and as often as you can. Enjoy yourself, make new friends: the blogging community is amazingly supportive.
My thanks to Tanya for taking the time to not only fill in the questionnaire but battle successfully with her difficulties with the technology side – you did very well Tanya and l was surprised at the speed the interview returned at.
Tanya offers and awards us all with some very nice advice regarding blogging and new bloggers especially with her five step plan. To boot, we also have some terrific heads up with the simplicity of ‘write for you, have fun and above all else, enjoy yourself’. It doesn’t get any easier than that folks!
If as of yet, you are not following or aware of Tanya’s blog, well you know what to do, head on over there and say hey, howdy and hi!
So what inspired YOU to start your blog?
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