1] Blog Name
2] What is your blog’s specific genre?
Genre? It doesn’t have one, so far as I know. But perhaps my blog name might possibly answer that? My mind is in constant discourse and that’s what I think would be its genre. This is because of the range of things that interest me; ancient literature, dark fantasy and some very obscure pieces of reading.
Actually, one of my readers would better answer this. I have no idea.
3] How old is your Blog?
2 years old
4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
I usually have a lot on my mind and have never have anyone I can openly talk with. When I do talk, very rarely does that person understand me. I started this blog to serve that purpose.
I started it to say what I want, when I want and how I want and not be looked at like I’m crazy. Not that I’m saying I’m not crazy, but you know what I mean 😀
5] What age were you when you first started to write?
I don’t remember an exact age, early teens maybe. What I am sure of however; I’m a massive Potterhead, I am in love with that world.
6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?
It’s been natural for as long as I can remember. I think of something, I write it down, I publish. Simple as that.
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. Most of the times I just right whatever comes to mind. It’s when I’m given instruction, it takes me time to come up with something.
8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?
I write when I can and when I feel like it. One of my older blogs taught me this. I used to try to keep to a strict schedule on that blog, that did not work out as I intended. So now, we’re here. Going with the motions as it were.
9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?
Facebook, pages don’t expire there right? Twitter as well, deep within my tweets somewhere.
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 do. Twitter and WhatsApp (I’m part of a blogging group) Both are quite effective, with the WhatsApp group I get immediate feedback.
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 fight it. Writer’s block is a natural part of any writer’s journey, it will happen and there’s very few ways to avoid it. Like anything else, it will pass.
12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?
I have no idea what that means. Unfiltered, maybe? I right what I want, regardless.
13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
The boundless creativity and the bloggers. Need I say more?
14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
Nothing specific prompts me. Think of it this way; a spark of genius, a flood of ideas. The urge to tell someone, anyone what’s on my mind.
My experiences, what I see, when something doesn’t quite add up, that will get me to write.
But what sparks most ideas is what I read. The worlds in the books, the worlds of fantasy, mystery and horror. They get me thinking, they get me writing.
15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?
Try, by all means, to be part of the community. Interact with other bloggers, visit their sites, leave a comment. When they leave a comment on yours, respond to those comments, it might not seem like a lot, but it shows you care about your readers. I promise you won’t regret it, the blogging community is one of the most welcoming I have found to date and they are ALWAYS willing to help.
16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I enjoy putting words to paper, having my thoughts somewhere and not flooding my head. I write to keep myself sane. I write in hopes that someone might help me decipher some of the thoughts I have because I struggle understanding my own words. I write so maybe, just maybe someone might find meaning in these words.
17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
Important is a strong word. An engaging audience is of course great to have, however that is not the reason I began blogging. Let my words speak to you and if they say something that makes you want to talk to me, that’s awesome. I would rather you engage because you feel you must not because you think you have to.
18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
When I started no, it didn’t concern me. My blog was, and still is, an outlet for me, so comment or no comment made no difference. Now, however there are posts I write expecting comments, others I don’t.
If no-one ever commented. I would go back reread my own posts and try (and fail most times) to understand what I had said and if I had gotten my message across.
19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
That depends on the content. Some pieces I think of write and publish in 5 to 7 minutes, 10 if I choose to add pictures. Other can take days, even weeks. And if I leave a draft for too long I have to restart it entirely.
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.
Here are ones that reflect me (really wanted to add two more):
21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?
Blogging is a journey, and what‘s great about any journey is the discovery. That first step is the most important one and once you take it, you won’t ever want to stop. Don’t worry about the numbers, they’re not important, only your words are.
Most importantly stay true to yourself. You are unique; no one can think like you, no one can write like you. Take pride in you uniqueness. To quote a friend, “You are the exception to the rule”
You being an exception means that you are… EXCEPTIONAL
My thanks to Dante of DIALECTICS for taking the time out of his day to answer the questions of the Truly Inspired interview and furthermore allowing us to step inside his blog mind, and have a looksee into the whirrings there.
Dante’s advice to new bloggers and writers alike is spot on, and as have many before said similiar things – you hear it enough from a variety of people, then you k now it’s experience talking … engage and interact with your community and get involved with them, learn them, comment and respond and don’t be afraid to ask for help, as the comminity is supportive. Writing and running and maintaining a blog is as big an adventure and a journey as is your own life story, always remember to be true to you and take a step back to understand just how unique you are.
If you are not yet aware of Dante’s blog, then my first bit of advice is to read the highlighted blog posts, then take a bold step and walk into Dante’s world!
So what inspired YOU to start your blog?
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