Richmond Road – Truly Inspired #74

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1] Blog Name

Richmond Road

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

I dislike the whole concept of ‘genre’. I think that ‘genre’ might be a label that you could apply to something after it is written rather than using it as some sort of a target. If I do write in any specific genre then it is up to others to tell me what that is. Random? Is that a genre?

3] How old is your Blog?

Is it a blog? I don’t really know what the word is supposed to mean. I like to write little bits and pieces. I’m not very good at keeping track of them all and it occurred to me a few years ago that I could load them all onto a personal website. That website is approaching a third birthday.

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

Well, as I say, I didn’t think I was starting a blog. But whatever it is serves as a kind of digital housekeeper.

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

My mother encouraged me to read and write from the moment I could talk. It was probably a way of shutting me up. I always assumed that everybody on the planet thought that writing was the most important thing that there was and that everybody aspired to be a great writer. It came as a bit of a shock to discover that most people thought nothing of the sort.

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

My mother, as I say, has to take most of the blame. But the person who pushed me right over the edge was Henry Miller. There has been a string of them since then. Mainly white heterosexual  males, I suppose – and that is a bit disturbing. But there are exceptions.

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?

Who said I was creative? Some sentences come out better than others, but they are rarely forced. I have an overriding urge to write, but it is very general in nature – I rarely sit down to write anything specific. I’d like to write a Nobel prize winning novel, of course, but I haven’t got any idea what it might be about. So that project is not progressing well.

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

I am sporadic at best. I spend more time commenting on (or reacting to) other’s work than doing anything of my own. That is probably a good reflection of my talent compared to theirs.

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

No, that’s about it.

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

Ha ha! Advertise? Are you kidding? I’m not trying to sell anything.

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 can’t answer that question right at the moment.

12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?

Style? I don’t have a lot of style – I had imagined that to be fairly obvious. Brutus Richmond is a creation that I hide behind,  but any sense of ‘style’ is a reflection of me. He and I have more in common than I like to admit. And we both lack style.

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

I enjoy the sense of community – I do a lot more reading than I do writing. 

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

I respond to other people. I frequently veer off course and off topic, but the initial impetus comes from others. I don’t really have many original thoughts, to be honest.

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

Be nice.

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

Definitely the later. ‘Strategy’ implies a win/lose situation. That’s not what it’s about.

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

No, not really. An audience is gratifying , I suppose, but I see it as pleasantly coincidental to the overall exercise.

18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?

Honestly? I suppose it would seem a bit odd, and I’d be a bit miffed – but I would not really want to react to it. 

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

I have a very short attention span …. apart from the NYC Midnight entries (that I post) I rarely spend more than about ten minutes working on any writing piece.

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.

Nah. That’s not for me to say. The short ones are the most readable. And most of them are fairly short.

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

Be yourself. Don’t imitate. Don’t try too hard. But, as I say, when you do try, try to be nice.


My thanks to Brutus of Richmond Road for the time to participate in the Truly Inspired questionnaire. He assured me he would respond before we hit 100, and he achieved that. For that l am grateful. What l have always liked about Brutus on Richmond Road, is his dry humour, it sparkles in places that you might not expect it to. There is a classic one liner in the interview that made me smile and then laugh, as it is very nicely sited.

I enjoyed Brutus’s interview a great deal, as it touched on things that l sometimes ask myself about the whole blogging experience, like why is it really called a blog? Some ‘bloggers’ call their posts blogs, others refer to their personal websites as blogs. I also enjoyed the digital housekeeping aspect as a way of putting things in the rightful place even if they don’t have a rightful place, but they have to be put somewhere, so why not there? a bit like this small bit of dust can be swept up under the rug, at least l know where it is.

There is a solid piece of advice here, and if you carry anything away from the wisdom here, and that is the truism behind simplicity itself – Be Nice, be nice to other people, it’s like a smile, it gets you everywhere all at once.


So what inspired YOU to start your blog?

Brutus of Richmond Road is our 74th Interview will you be our 75th?

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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 the series.

Come ON Who is going to be number……..


4 thoughts on “Richmond Road – Truly Inspired #74

  1. I love these answers. Where they answered with is random a genre?, I said almost the same thing. I had to double check my interview to see for sure, mine was “stuff”.
    I’m going to check out this blog. Thanks JB!

    1. It’s a pleasure GM 🙂

      I like Richmond Road, and l like Brutus and yeah, l alsi loved his answers too – l cracked up at his response to Writer’s Block, l am pretty sure it was an intentional funny, pretty sure lol 🙂

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