Speaking Bipolar – Truly Inspired #73

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Truly Inspired Series

Truly Inspired Directory

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1] Blog Name

Speaking Bipolar

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

The blog is primarily about self-improvement and living successfully with mental and chronic illness.

3] How old is your Blog?

The first post went live in March 2018.

4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?

Too many men and women I knew had taken their own lives. My hope is that by sharing my experiences, others will be encouraged to get help and keep living.

5] What age were you when you first started to write?

I was in second grade, so I think about seven.

6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?

The first chapter book I read on my own was Charlotte’s Web. It mesmerized me, and I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else. My second-grade teacher loved writing and reading and really encouraged me to write every chance I got. I started then and never stopped.

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?

If I can force myself to be still, it flows pretty smoothly. Once I get the first line or two out, it’s like the floodgates open. Sometimes, I feel like someone is just telling me the things to write and I’m only the scribe.

8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?

Honestly, it’s been hit or miss for a while, but I’m making a real effort to be consistent now with posting two or three times per week.

9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?

Right now I am only writing for my blog. I have looked into The Mighty and Medium but am having a hard enough time just keeping up with my own blog.=

10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?

I share my posts on Twitter, Facebook, Mix, Bloglovin’, and Pinterest. Most of my traffic, about 200 a day, comes from Pinterest.

11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?

For me, the best thing is to get outside. If I can do some yard work, work in the flower beds, or go for a hike, it usually gets out of my head whatever is causing me to be blocked.

12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?

I’m not sure how to answer this one. I am a total “pantser” in the sense that I seldom plan out the things I’m going to write. Once I start, I let the piece take me where ever it wants to.

13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?

Blogging is incredibly therapeutic. It helps get things out of your head and makes you look at them in another way. I also love that everything is editable. If a post is truly terrible, I can always change or delete it.

14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?

Right now, I am writing two main series. One, Monday Motivation is about providing inspiration to face life’s daily challenges. The other, Surviving Bipolar is my personal story and history with Bipolar Disorder. At random, I also share posts about blogging and living with chronic illness, especially Familial Mediterranean Fever.

15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?

First, I would recommend always being yourself. No one else has your voice, so don’t be afraid to share it. Try to respond to every comment and be supportive of other bloggers. They will almost always be supportive in return.

For promotion, make sure you take the time to put your posts on Pinterest. While I am not there yet, many bloggers are getting over 100,000 page views per month just from Pinterest traffic.

16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?

I started writing because I thought that maybe my words could help someone. There really wasn’t a direction, and my first posts were a little all over the place. With my current posts, I am thinking about ultimately turning them into a book. While I try to stick to just one topic per post, I’m trying to string them together in a way that will later work in book format.

17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?

It’s definitely easier if you have an engaging audience. Nothing pumps me up more than receiving positive feedback from one of my posts.

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 about this one. Before I got serious about blogging, I routinely visited a lot of blogs but rarely ever left a comment. The number of comments I get is only a tiny fraction of the total page visits. I hope that if I keep writing, readers will continue reading whether they comment or not.

19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?

This is a bit of a loaded question. Writing a post can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. It depends on if I end up researching other information during the writing process. That said, formatting and placing graphics in a post takes at least another 1-2 hours more. For a long post, I might have as many as eight hours invested before I publish.

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.

Ugh, this is like trying to pick a favorite child! The two posts with the most visitors are:

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12 Signals That Point to Bipolar Disorder

Four faces not understanding each other. Text: A Mental Illness Translator

Speaking Bipolar – A Mental Illness Translator

As far as posts I’m most proud of, I have a particular fondness for:

Bipolar Musings: Conquer Fear by Learning to be Strong on the Darkest Days

21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?

Try to write every day. Even if you don’t post it, try to write at least a few words. Also, never forget that blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. There will be days, weeks, maybe even months, where you want to quit. Take a break if you need to, but don’t stay away too long. The joys that come from blogging make all of the work and effort worth it.

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My thanks to Scott of Speaking Bipolar for taking part in the Truly Inspired series and for allowing us to venture into the world of Speaking Bipolar. If as of yet, you are not yet aware of Scott’s blog, l think you should hop, skip and pogo jump your way over to check it out.

Scott’s advice for new blogger’s is quite fair to write daily, even if not for posting the secret to success is to write, to take your time and to not worry, take a break but not for too long, just long to clear the head and reboot your energies and to remember that you get out what you put in, in so far as effort.

Once again my thanks to Scott for taking part in the series.

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So what inspired YOU to start your blog?

Scott of Speaking Bipolar is our 73rd Interview will you be our 74th?

Please drop me an email at ….

aguycalledbloke63@gmail.com

…. 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 the series.

Come ON Who is going to be number……..

74?

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