Blogger Interview With Vincent Smarra

Blogger Interview With Vincent Smarra
I have gotten so many interview requests and I wanted to thank everyone for their interest- I will definitely respond to each email just give me some time as I’m pretty busy with university at the moment. Thanks again!

I hope you enjoy this interview with blogger Vincent Santino Smarra! As always feel free to leave your comments below telling us what you thought about the interview or simply stop by and say hi!

1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself, your blog and what it is about.
I’m Vincent Santino Smarra, better known as ‘Who?’, or Sonny, to my friends. I always enjoyed language, I’m a prose person that considers writing art. Love it all, except grammar, which I accept like a good-intentioned yet annoying family member. My online platform is my way of sharing my work with the world.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

Sometime in my childhood, this idea popped into my head that I’m meant to be a writer, and never left. So I write because I have to, but my blog, portfolio, whatever the proper term, was another step entirely. I started regularly sharing my work online about 7 years ago when I first felt confident enough that a stranger who might stumble across my writing would enjoy it. I was an idiot for thinking that back then, an overconfident 18 year old – unique, right – but I’m glad I made the decision.

3. I noticed that you blog about multiple topics and have different categories on your blog. What is your favourite topic or category to write about and why?

I never considered how categorically scattered my content is, but now that you’ve pointed it out, I can see you’re right. For me, the main focus is the flow of the writing; I share prose I think has merit, simply because of the way it’s written. The writing style I enjoy the most though, maybe spontaneous prose, Kerouac’s stream of consciousness
style. Sometimes I can post the pieces whole, sometimes I chop them up to use piecemeal, and regardless of their practical use, it’s always cathartic to get it onto the page.

4. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by blogging or like you are running out of ideas? If so, how do you deal with it?

I never feel overwhelmed by writing because no one asked me to do this. It is a weight with undeniable presence but it being there makes me, me. If I run out of ideas, I write about what I see. If I don’t like what I see, I write about nothing; it’s never as pointless as it sounds, though. I think.

5. What is your favourite part of being a blogger?

I put a lot of myself into what I write, and the best part about sharing my work online is knowing I have the chance to communicate my innermost thoughts with complete strangers. Whenever I read good writing my brain absorbs the essence, not an intentional remembrance like when studying, more of a ‘Oh, I already knew that, didn’t I?’ I might not remember the words verbatim but their impact is certain, and the chance to provide that for another person means a lot to me.

6. Who and what are some of your inspirations for writing?

So far as literal writers go, my top 3 inspirations in no order (yes I’m afraid of offending dead men) are Jack Kerouac, Herman Hesse, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. I draw a lot of inspiration from other places too though, especially music: Bob Dylan, Mac Miller, King Fantastic, to name a few.

7. Tell us more about “symphonic prose” and what inspired that.

A couple years back I put my pen down and end up with My Mixtape, stories based on songs split into sections by scrapbook poems made of song lyrics. I put it aside, not knowing what to do with it. A couple weeks later I forgot to do an assignment for a class, and turned it in hoping for the professor’s mercy as it didn’t quite satisfy the project parameters. Fast forward again, I have to meet him during office hours to get it back; he wants to talk. Like a good teacher he let me know it was rough and needed work then passed me with a very generous ‘B’ because he’d never seen anything like it. Proffesor Branscum said he saw potential in the form, and encouraged me to keep developing it. Meant a lot to me. Since then I’ve released 3 additional projects of the same ilk: Jam Session, Ringtones From The Radio, and Music From The Microcosm. The stories, named after songs, are meant to be read before, during, or after listening to the namesake music, and song lyric scrapbook poems serve as thematic breaks, all in the name of communicating the usually impossible to verbalize feeling music can provide. Symphonic Prose is my answer to people’s question of, ‘Why do you like that song?’ And since metatextual games like this are present in almost all other mediums today, I figured, why not literature?

8. What is your favourite food?
Raw onions, garlic, and pickled pepperoncini peppers. Taste and smell.

9. What is the weirdest situation you have ever been in?
One time in the bar some dude made eye contact with me, and I was convinced he was coming to fight, so I made the first move; smashed a plastic cup full of long island across dude’s face. It was a crowded night so the splash hit more than just him. Two guys plus the one I hit start pummeling me and I’m against a wall, I don’t fall but I don’t move either, they just hitting, hitting – I get two black eyes and a busted lip before my friends tackle them off of me. Then, the bouncers come, and decide I was the only person that needed to be kicked out. They were probably right.

10. If you had to live in only one country for the rest of your life, which one would you pick?
It’d be America, which is boring because that’s where I’m from, but if I knew I couldn’t leave I’d make it a point to travel and take the whole thing in. This place is big enough to be a few countries; sometimes it seems like it is.

11. What is one of your favourite memories?
Our high-school graduation was outside, and afterwards, me and a friend snuck into the building. We were on the top floor, looking out on the roof, and we’d always talked about wanting to go out onto it; then we realized we could and no one could say anything. So we did. I smile every time I think about that view.

12. Thanks again and please feel free to share anything you would like to add or share with the readers.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Pooja. These were good questions, I had fun
answering them. If Symphonic Prose piqued anyone’s interest, it’s free to read:
https://vincentsantino.com/portfolio/symphonic-literature/ 

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Vincent’s blog by clicking here. 
If you would like to be interviewed please send me your name (optional), the name of your blog and a link to your blog via email to insomniacwithanaccent@gmail.com
I’m a little busy at the moment and have quite a few interviews ready to post so please don’t worry if I don’t respond immediately. I will definitely respond as soon as possible.
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Blogger Interview With “Dumbestblogger”

Blogger Interview With “Dumbestblogger”
I want to thank everyone for all the positive feedback on the last interview and for supporting the blogger I interviewed that truly means a lot. I have also gotten so many interview requests which is so awesome but it is a little time consuming so if you have emailed me about an interview and I haven’t gotten back to you yet please give me a few days and you should receive a reply soon.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Ian– it was a great experience interviewing him since his blog is one of my favourite blogs to read!
1. Thanks so much for agreeing to be a part of this interview! Please tell us a little about your blog, what it’s about and why you decided to start blogging. 
I was living in a basement, working a backbreaking blue-collar job and not doing anything creative whatsoever. One evening I was like, “I’m gonna do something.” so I wrote an absolutely ridiculous recipe for Mayonnaise Cookies and posted it on my blog. I got a few likes on that post, so I decided to keep going and write more ridiculous stuff. I’ve always been a creative person, but what’s really held me back is the fact that I haven’t always been disciplined about my creativity. Through blogging I have created a structure of discipline for myself. I think of myself as having two separate jobs, one job is being the creative mind that comes up with content, the other is serving as the publisher that publishes that content. I post every day, currently at 8:30 PM Central Standard Time, the creative side of me doesn’t always want to have something ready at that point in time, but the publisher is like “we’ve got a deadline, buddy. Get off your ass and write me something!”
2. Your blog name “Dumbestblogger” is very interesting and definitely unique- what made you decide to pick that name?
Back when I first started my blog I didn’t know very much about blogging. I knew a couple people who had blogs, but they were mostly really terrible and written by people who took themselves way too seriously. I didn’t want to take myself too seriously, so I chose an unserious name. I like the fact that by using that name I set the bar really low for myself. I get comments all the time that are like “this actually isn’t the dumbest thing I’ve ever read,” and I’m like “cool.” I love surpassing expectations.
3. When did you create your blog and in what ways has it changed since you created it if it has changed?
I wrote my first post on January 8th, 2014. I’ve dinked around with it on and off ever since, but I’ve only been disciplined about it in the last year. In 2018 I didn’t publish anything, and had a grand total of three views for the entire year. It turns out that if you don’t write anything very few people will read it. Now that I post regularly I have a pretty steady group of committed readers, and that’s something that’s really satisfying.
4. The short stories you post on your blog are very amusing and witty but I’m sure it can be difficult to come up with such stories on a regular basis. Do you ever experience writers block and what are some of the ways you use to fight writer’s block?
One of the most popular posts I wrote last year was about my writer’s block. It measures approximately 8″x4″x5½”. It is uncured red oak which was milled with a band saw blade. But no, in all seriousness I never worry about writer’s block. I think this is another advantage of setting the bar low. There’s always something to write about, even if it isn’t particularly good.
5. What inspires you to write?
I’m not sure what the line is between inspiration and perspiration, but I know that I’m a very public writer compared to some. It’s hard for me to write something that no one else is going to see, I crave the adulation of the masses.
6. Which is your favourite post on your blog so far?
There are several that I like for personal reasons, or that were really fun to write, but the one that I think is objectively the best is a short story called “Shooter And The Kid.” It’s based on an Ancient Greek Play.
7. Who are some of your favourite authors who have influenced your writing and writing style?
Probably the most influential in terms of my blog has been Bruce Goodman, who wrote over 2000 flash fiction stories on his blog. When I found his stories it struck me that he was doing something similar to what I wanted to be doing with my blog, so I paid a lot of attention to what he was doing, and was certainly influenced by it. I’m a big fan of Rod Serling, Harold Pinter, G.K. Chesterton, Louis L’Amour and The Onion. Recently I’ve been getting into Agatha Christie, and I also learned that Mindy Kaling wrote the monologue from “The Office” about Michael Scott getting his foot caught in a George Foreman grill, so she’s definitely in the top ten. Homer is really good, and knows how to tell a great story. What you should take away from this list is that I have no sense of taste whatsoever.
8. What is your favourite movie and why?
If I had to pick only one movie to watch for the rest of my life it would probably be “Raising Arizona.” It’s funny, but also serious, and the ending is so weird. I love it. But I would be really bummed out about not being able to watch “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Good Burger,” and “No Country For Old Men.”
9. What is your favourite food?
A medium rare rib-eye with mashed potatoes.
10. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Cats are cute, but to me they always seem like they’re operating in their own little world. I feel like I understand dogs, and that they understand me. I like dogs.
11. If you could do anything you wanted for a day with no consequences what would you do?
Probably take a spaceship and fly as far out into space as I could.
12. Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?
Fly.
13. Who is your favourite superhero?
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Batman!
14. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
I’d like to meet Harry Truman. I think we would have had a lot in common as midwestern farm boys who believe in hard work, honesty and responsibility. I’ve always felt a bit of a connection with him. I think he would also like steak and mashed potatoes.
If you enjoyed this interview and be sure to stop by and check out Ian’s blog by clicking here.
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Blogger’s Confessions With Pooja From Lifesfinewhine

Blogger’s Confessions With Pooja From Lifesfinewhine

I want to thank Zainab for having me on her wonderful blog and I really hope you guys take minute to read the interview!

Zainab Chats

Hey everyone it’s Zainab welcome or welcome back to the blog! I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Blogger’s Confessions post! Today, I’ll be interviewing Pooja from Lifesfinewhine! We talk all about blogging and growth! Let’s jump into it!

1) Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed Pooja! Let’s start with talking about your blog growth. Now, you are probably one of the most popular bloggers I’ve ever seen with over 18K followers! How long have you been blogging and what would advice would you want to give to new bloggers who grow like you?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I have been blogging since 2015 and I think the advice I would give to other bloggers is to be patient. Statistically the majority of people who create a blog stop blogging in the first couple of months and I think…

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Some Announcements And Opportunities

Some Announcements And Opportunities

What’s Going On

I want to start by saying that I promise this will be the last random post I make and from tomorrow I will go back to posting actual posts like I used to. I just wanted to talk to you guys about a couple of things going on with my blog for the next few months so you guys stay in the loop.

University

My university is going to be starting soon- from 11th January- and since this is my fourth year it’s going to be a lot more difficult than the last three years as the work load is a lot more and quite dense. For that reason I may not be able to blog daily like I used to but rather a few times a week. I will try my best to blog whenever I can and maintain some sort of schedule. Till the 11th I will be blogging daily because I missed you guys and I have a lot to say!

Changes And Opportunities

There will also be some changes to the posts since like I mentioned I won’t have as much time to write and blog for the next few months. These changes actually involve you guys! I have been so overwhelmed by how much support I have received from you guys both on my blog and privately as well that I wanted to do something positive for the community. I have seen bloggers I really enjoy reading like Zainab, Tiani and more doing interviews on their blogs and I thought that would be super fun to do on lifesfinewhine as well. I would love to interview you guys and share your blog so if you’re interested in being interviewed by me please email me at insomniacwithanaccent@gmail.com and please include your name (optional), the name of your blog (mandatory) and a link to your blog (mandatory) and I will let you know when I will get back to you as soon as possible after reviewing your blog.

Another way I wanted to help smaller blogs is by sharing posts I enjoyed every week. I thought I would share five to ten posts I really enjoyed reading or that really stood out to me every week and that way they can get a larger audience. I have seen a fellow blogger and friend Jude amongst others do something like this and I thought it was such a wonderful idea and so I decided to do something similar.

Again please email me if you would be interested in being interviewed- it’s a win-win because I get something to post about and you get your blog out there to my audience. I would love to have one interview per week but I’ll have to wait and see what sort of response I get.

Thoughts

What other stuff would you like to me to feature on this blog? Would love to hear your ideas so do let me know in the comments below!

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Guess Who’s Back-ish (Blog Update)

Guess Who’s Back-ish (Blog Update)

Thank You Again!

As promised I will tell you the whole story of everything that happened with my blog since I left. But before that I want to thank everyone for the amazing and supportive comments I have received so far- it’s taking me a while to reply and follow everyone back but I will get it done reply to everyone and follow all the blogs I used to I swear!

Self-Hosting

Honestly, everything went fine with moving to self-hosted. I ended up using WPXHosting which I personally think is the best hosting site because it has everything other sites have and one more very important thing- a 24hr chat room. The reason I picked them was actually because of this. When you go self-hosted it’s quite different from what it is like on WP- what I mean by that is you get a lot more features and stuff but you also face new problems and since you can’t talk to the Hapiness Engineers anymore you kind of have to fix everything yourself which is super difficult if like me you know very little about technology. The chat room has been super helpful for me so far although to be fair I have only had two minor issues.

The problem arose however when I connected my self-hosted site to my WP account. Just to remind you guys I left because they wrongfully blocked my WP account and I was not able to like and follow other blogs. When I contacted them they told me going self-hosted would solve the issue.

It did not. I still could not like or follow other blogs and when I talked to them about it they basically told me I would have to create and use another WP account because nothing could be done about the block. So at first I was super pissed and then I thought about it and decided if I was going to have to move to a different account anyway I may as well stay on WP and not be self-hosted because self-hosting is a lot of work and I am way to busy with university to deal with it at the moment.

Now I’m working on moving back but the issue is that since I just moved my domain from WP I have to wait for a certain number of days to move my domain back. Of course no one on WP told me about this so I had moved all my content and followers on this account and then could not move my domain- I still can’t till like the end of February. I thought maybe I’ll just stop using WP till I can move my domain but I missed you guys so much and I wanted to post again so I decided to create this backup site and post here till I can move my domain back. It’s not an ideal situation but it’s the best I can do for now.

I still love the idea of self-hosted though and maybe when I have more time I will try self-hosting again but I feel like now is just not the right time.

On A Side Note

My Twitter account got hacked a while back and I have only been able to log back in a few days ago so if you tried to contact me and I didn’t respond or responded weirdly that is why. I apologise for any inconvenience and please feel free to contact me again via Twitter as the issue has been solved.

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3 Ways To Connect With Your Readers

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