Series 3 – Game 3 – 2021
A couple of years ago l introduced a series called “Blogger Reviewer Questions’ – it ran for 2 series from January 2019 – May 2019 and here is the third series. The answers provided two years ago helped me structure my blog and understand the blogging community – readers were asked a total of sixty questions, worry not, this series’ll be not that many and will only run once a week for the next four weeks
This is the last episode..
Thanks in advance.
The Questions ….
|What are your top 5 favourited Blog Genres – the ones you enjoy reading the most?|
I think that as we age in ‘blogging terms’ and not so much physically, but with regards to our writing and reading habits and our reading habits as we write more change and can change quite significantly. When l started this blog in September 2017 l was tending to read more from poetry and mental health blogs. 2018, my reading habits changed again and l started to read less on the aforementioned genres and more on the creative fiction side and prompt response creation.
By 2019, my habits had changed once again and l found that l was reading mostly fiction sites but also leaning towards more topical content again such as mental health and lifestyle and trying to introduce a balance to my reading habits but equally at that time l was starting to change my personal writing habits, certainly changing the publishing frequency and this behaviour has stayed with me till today … very reduced writing and leaning more towards topical content and lifestyle but also, trying to balance that with entertainment.
So my Top 5 favourited genres are probably: Lifestyle and Health, Entertainment, Poetry, Fiction and Business.
|Have you ever experienced Writer’s Block and if so, what did you do to get yourself through it and if not, what do you do to avoid it?|
Bonus Question – Do you believe ‘writer’s block’ is an actual thing?
I have most assuredly suffered with ‘Reader’s Block’ – but even then, that was only really a block on reading fiction because l was reading with no problem lots of other topics easily enough.
Writer’s block, truthfully speaking, l don’t think is an actual thing in general terms … although there are times when a writer might lack the inspiration and motivation to write specifically in niche or on a niche subject or meet a niched deadline through experiencing lowered enthusiasm for the content.
I think that anyone can write on anything if they want to, but l think it comes down to just that … if they want to. WB is almost like a lazy get out clause “Oh l can’t write on x, y and z, because l have writer’s block!” Nonsense, it is a myth – just fess up you don’t want to write on the topic of a, b and c because it doesn’t interest you or you are tired or you have a hangover or you haven’t researched it or you are uninspired by the topic, the content, life and so on.
I have never experienced it and l never will – l might not have the desire to write in certain genres for a few months or so – but that will always be because of m, n, o and p and not WB.
Ashley asked a question similiar to this … ish with plenty of leeway it might be viewed as the same ‘ish on the 25th Is There a Finite Well of Blogging Material? I will not run out of ‘stuff’ to produce for a few reasons … 1] because l am producing less content these days anyway and 2] because l don’t just write about one niche and finally, because there is always something to write about in my eyes.
A post is so easy to create and my philosophy is, just keep writing … because there is ALWAYS someone out there reading.
|Do you think colour psychology is an important part to the blogging journey and does it play a big part in how your readers view a blog?|
I know l asked about ‘creativity’ the other day and the importance of it to blogging, but equally as important to me is the introduction of colour. I am very much a visual thinker, listener and writer – l respond to colour, to colour stimulation, to visual colouring – to coloured imaging and so on … for me colour is everything’ and when l read blogs as like we all do, l find that certain colours enable or even disable me. I am always wary of greens and reds and yet these are colours l enjoy, but greens and reds are bad news for those who are colour blind. But some blogs use too much distractional colour [l might be guilty as well especially to readers whom are adverse colour]
Some colours in blogs can cause me to become as distracted as the likes of jumping and flashing advertising panels can do to me. So if the colours are too overpowering and garish l tend to steer clear. But there are not many blogs like that.
Of course colour in fonts is lost in the Reader so that’s not really an issue. The Reader rapes colour in my eyes when it comes to text – but l am anti-“The” Reader anyway, so ignore that. The Reader is merely an app for people’s convenience and hyper efficiency – colour in text format is not needed.
Many readers/viewers/surfers are influenced by colour in branding in blogs, advertising, forums, online shops and so on … so to me colour speaks volumes. This is not saying that black, greys and whites do not – they do – but they will be ‘selling’ a different message to me.
For me, and not just me, but many others too … colour brings forward life and brilliance – colours speaks volumes and that’s why l use it all the time where possible.
|How do you feel about Interview series and or Guest Writing opportunities on other blogs?|
Well l enjoy Interview series – as a person who enjoys being asked questions … l respond well to that type of prompt more so than other types and l was a guest writer on a gamer’s blog for 8 months before l created this particular blog in 2017, but also, l was guest writing on other blogs and websites from as early as 2005. I enjoy the experience.
So there we go folks – our last four questions for series 3 ….. let me know your views below.