1] Blog Name
I run a convenience blog. A little of everything… Anecdotes, fiction, pictures, humor, poetry. And Danish stuff… Lots of it! Mouahahahaha
3] Blog Age
I started blogging in November of 2015. So, about 3 years and a half ago.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I fell in love with writing and reading as soon as I learnt both. As a child, I was a bit of a loner, and I wrote down my thoughts, stories and did a lot of drawing…. I guess I didn’t change much, over time!
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
Writing comes pretty naturally, but I do struggle from time to time, when an idea wants to come out, but I just can’t seem to find the words to express it. Writing is a slow process for me, maybe because I write in English most of the time. (French is my mother tongue)
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
Not nearly as prolific as some people I know (*wink wink*), but I surprise myself every now and then. Especially when I look back on what I’ve done to build my blog. I never thought I would have the discipline to write daily for so long. I also didn’t expect people to enjoy my story-telling ways… And I am grateful every time someone expresses their appreciation for my words!
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
I have written a lot “off line” but I have nothing published outside the WordPress world.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Occasionally. It usually happens when I have worked long hours, or when my headaches kick in. I don’t lack ideas and stories, but I just can’t sit and let the words out. On the rare occasions I really don’t have anything to write about, I know it is seriously time to get some rest!
8] What is your preferred creative expressive form? [Writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design/musical composition]
Writing is definitely my favorite, then poetry and photography almost equally.
9] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?
It depends… For my fiction stories (like my Cibelle & Vohne series) I often have played with the plot, in the back of my mind for a while, and at some point, I’ll just sit back and write it down. Poetry or writing about things happening in my life are much more an expression of what I am thinking about, at that moment. If something touches me, shocks me, or makes me angry, it just comes out right away.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
Again, it depends… Most of my posts don’t require a special ambience setting. I do have to remind Chéri that I am witing, from time to time (he seems to have a lot more to tell me, when both my hands are on the keyboard). Occasionally, I feel like I need the extra concentration, and when that happens, I put the tv on the fireplace channel, light a couple of candles and write in (almost) silence.
11] What helps you to create your content? [People/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
Pretty much everything and anything I come across. It can be something seen on tv, a conversation I had with a friend, time spent observing people on the subway, sudden popping memories…
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
Both and neither. Some of the things I write about are (loosely or not) based on my experiences or others’. And some of my fiction material has absolutely no root in anything I have seen or heard. My imaginary world is pretty rich and alive!
13] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
I am, overall, a slow writer. Depending on if I am writing a story, a poem or simply talking about something that happened to me, it might take me more or less time to get my post ready to send out. But I’d say I need an average of about an hour to get something I am proud of, ready to publish.
14] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
I usually am happy with my content. Which doesn’t mean that I think that what I write is great… I think there is no use posting stuff I am not happy with. It does happen, though, that I write very late in the evening. I get very creative in the middle of the night, but also very sensitive. And when I re-read my post the next morning, I realize it might have been a bit over-emotional. But I have a rule that if readers have left comments, I will not re-draft the post, even if I am not totally happy with it!
It is always a great feeling to see someone leaving their thoughts in my comment box after reading one of my posts. It is especially touching when people tell me about bits and pieces of their life, because what they read brought back memories of their own… And there are people whose support is so uplifting that they now have something to do with the fact that I keep working on certain specific things. I wouldn’t say that my drive to continue depends on them, but I do have a thought for them while writing. (special shout outs to ………..
Ok, now… I have stolen some extra questions from Cheryl’s interview with you, and since the list you sent me dated from a while back (shame on me, I just postponed finishing this endlessly, I am sorry for the delay) I thought you wouldn’t mind if I put them here, with my answers to them.
15] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?
Well, before I even know what blogging was, a friend who knew that I wrote a lot, suggested that I tried it. I recall her main argument being “If this girl can do it” (talking about a blogger she was reading at the time) “So can you!” Oh, that and the fact that people at work and in my family were getting a little sick of my obsession with Denmark. Blogging gave me a place to vent, that if readers ever told me I was talking about Vikingland too much, I could always invite them to go read other blogs! LOL
16] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so, which ones and how effective is it/are they?
I do have a Facebook page for The Cove, but since I have almost closed my personal page, I spent little to no time there. I don’t think it brings any traffic in, or so very little. I used to link my posts through my Twitter account too, but it had no impact either, so I let that down too. I do have an Instagram account (thecyranny), where I post pictures that are different from the ones on my blog. I don’t use Instagram to promote The Cove,but I use it as a complement to it.
17] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?
The people. What an amazing cyber community we are a part of, really!! It goes far beyond the writer-reader bond. Most people genuinely care and offer support not only through our struggles as bloggers, but in our “real life” life too… I have experienced it more than once!
18] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?
I know some people put a lot of thinking in scheduling posts at certain times of the day, and reposting them several times, probably to increase traffic. I don’t use strategy. I post the Word of the Day when I wake up in the morning, and then I have my daily Quickie at noon… but the rest of my posts get published as I write them during the day. I just try to have at least a couple of hours between any two posts, and I try to balance the type of posts I publish…
19] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?
I’d say yes… I do feel it is important to have an audience, because if people didn’t pay any attention to my writing, after 3 and ½ years of blogging, I would probably rather write offline and keep my thoughts to myself. I feel very grateful for the many people who take a minute of their precious time to leave feedback when they visit my blog. These people make a difference every time they share their thoughts with me… Without them, I would have closed The Cove a long time ago!
20] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?
It certainly would concern me. Since the very beginning, I think I have been a pretty social blogger. I don’t have quite as much time as I used to, to mingle, and have long conversations in my or other bloggers’ comment boxes. But I try to make everybody feel welcome, and suddenly having no more interaction with my readers would make my blog somewhat empty. What would I do? Probably try to go mingle more in my favorite blogs, or throw a Meet & Greet party to gather people together!
21] Which do you think are your three best post to date? Please link below, so that our readers can see your style and take a step into your world.
That’s a tough one. Some of my favorite posts didn’t get a lot of views, likes and comments… And some that I never thought would get a lot of attention, ended up with crazy stats. So my “best” posts? I don’t know, but here are three posts I like, and that give an idea of what you can expect from my blog.
Of course, my blog wouldn’t be my blog without a little something Danish
I know… that’s 4 links. I learnt how to cheat with Madame Suze of Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
Be patient! Although some bloggers get popular rather quickly, most of us had to work for a long time to build a network, and get the feedback of other bloggers… Have fun! Unless blogging is part of your business, it is only a hobby. One that might take a lot of your free time if you stick to it, but a hobby still. Do what you do best! Don’t try to imitate what seems to make some people popular, or talk about stuff you don’t care about, just because it brings you more views. People know “genuine” when they see it, and it will pay in the end!
My thanks to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove for finally taking part in the Truly Inspired series ……………. ha ha! It’s funny when l was reading these answers, making small edits and copying and pasting from the Word document to the editing tool, l was thinking – am l losing the plot? Because these questions don’t seem to be the same questions l did for yesterday’s Truly Inspired interview?? But l thought that can’t be, because series 1 of Truly Inspired ended on May 8th 2018!? How on earth has Cyranny managed to get hold of this questionnaire, did l send out the wrong one?
These damn tablets l thought and l was thinking that l had finally lost it, until l read Cyranny’s confession at the bottom! Ironically, l had sent her quite recently a Series 2 questionnaire, and now here we are approaching the end of season 2 [TIS75] and l get a TIS 1 Questionnaire answered – ha ha! Here’s hoping that Freja [Cyranny’s cat] is quicker to answer eh?
So with the series seasons changing shortly and what l like to do is have a few questions from each season present in the new styled questionnaire and Cyranny threw in a nice touch with the call outs which l have decided to add into the new Questionnaire – so thank you for that 🙂
However all of this aside Cyranny does offer some excellent information and insights that l feel new bloggers would greatly benefit from, l will use her words directly “Be patient! Although some bloggers get popular rather quickly, most of us had to work for a long time to build a network, and get the feedback of other bloggers… Have fun! Unless blogging is part of your business, it is only a hobby. One that might take a lot of your free time if you stick to it, but a hobby still. Do what you do best! Don’t try to imitate what seems to make some people popular, or talk about stuff you don’t care about, just because it brings you more views. People know “genuine” when they see it, and it will pay in the end!”
My thanks again Cyranny for taking part and telling us all about the inspiration and motivation to you, your writing and of course The Cove.
So what inspired YOU to start your blog?
Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove is our 72nd Interview will you be our 73rd?
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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……..