Blogger Interview With Dana

Blogger Interview With Dana

I want to thank Dana for being a part of this interview and she has a really great blog so please do take a minute to check it out- the link is below.]

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about.

My name is Dana Kearney. I am from Oakland, CA.  I love to write poetry, novels, children’s books, astrology, and pretty much anything new I learn. My blog started off as a book review blog and I still write book reviews, but I love to write about poetry, health, astrology, and things to keep people informed.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started my blog in 2016 just to have fun. I  started writing book reviews and sometimes I still do, but now I write poetry, astrology, health, and women’s articles.

3. How has blogging improved your life?

Blogging gives me an opportunity to express my opinion and spread knowledge about different topics. I feel accomplished knowing that I can write something at least once a week.

4. What is your favourite and least favorite thing about blogging?

I love that I get to write about things that I love and people enjoy what I write.

My least favorite thing is that I feel like I need to continue writing when I may not have the most polished material.

5. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer. I wrote poetry as a child. I loved creative writing because essays and articles were difficult for me. After college my writing improved dramatically , and I feel more confident to write anything, so I wrote a novel and children’s books.

6. What tips would you give to someone who wants to be a writer or blogger?

You have to start at some point. Plan a year of what you might write and get started. It is difficult and you may have a lot to learn along the way. Don’t give up, because if you really want to it will work out for you.

7. What has been your favourite post to write so far and why?

My series on the secret women’s club is my favorite because I got to research and learn so much. Women don’t talk about their issues very often so I feel like it can help others understand things better.

8. What are some of your future goals for your blog?

I just want to get 1000 subscribers and continue producing content that people enjoy.

9. What is one place you really want to visit?

I would love to go to Hawaii. I have never been and it looks beautiful. 

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Blogger Interview With Alexandra

Blogger Interview With Alexandra

I want to thank Alexandra for being a part of this interview and she has such an amazing blog I would love it if you guys took some time to check it out -as always it’s linked below.

1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

Thank you for including me and my blog! Hm. How do I answer that? Well, I’m a single mom of two young children in my 40s, who is a writer and journalist, and I work full-time doing public relations. I grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and lived in NYC for most of my adult life. I’ve had basically every job under the sun, from being a professional actress and comedienne for seven years in NYC to working as a research assistant at Mass General Hospital and pursuing a medical degree. I have a Peter Pan complex, hate growing up, but I have to anyway. I like to make people laugh and feel something, which is why I started blogging. My blog is about being human, parenting, and introspection. It’s about being honest with yourself and this crazy world around us. It’s about getting through it, one day at a time, and some days are funny and some are sad.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging when my children were babies in 2010. I had a popular mommy blog back then called Crybabysoup, but I deleted it when I got divorced. I felt I didn’t want to put myself “out there” for criticism, because I was not in a good headspace. I started blogging again about a year ago. I like to write, and I like to perform, and this is a way of performing and writing at the same time. I like to interact with my readers, and to read and hear comments, and to read other writers’ blogs. I  also just completed a first draft of a novel, and I hope my readers from the blog will read the book as well and maybe help it to get published! The blog is a wonderful platform for your work.

3. How has blogging changed your life?

Blogging has changed my life in that I share my blog on my social media, and more people that I would expect read it and seem to know about my life in my small town. I think it’s made people relate to me and feel like they know me, even if they don’t. It’s kind of nice. I have always looked like that “girl you went to camp with,” and so people warm up to me quickly, as if they already know me. The blog has increased that.

4. As a parent how do you find the time to juggle kids and writing? Are there any tips you could give to other parents out there?

It is hard to write, work full-time, and parent, especially as a single parent! But, I make time for it. I have to. The blogging, to me, is a lot easier than writing my book. It is more freeflow and I typically write when I’m inspired. Sometimes, I feel bad that I haven’t posted in a week, and I feel like I’m disappointing my followers. Though, there are not too many yet (haha!), so not sure anyone even cares!!

5. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a writer, ever since I was little. I wrote plays when I was young, and I turned Judy Blume’s Superfudge into a play. I was 8 years-old.

6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love the reactions I get from people. I love to make people think, respond, laugh, cry, and relate.

7. Tell us a little bit about your books.

I just finished the first draft of a novel, Friends with Boats, which I hope to publish in 2021 or 2022. It’s about three women living on Cape Cod, who end up dating the same man. It makes them take a look at their marriages and lives, and you can read what happens!! It’s women’s fiction and it’s kind of like a beach read. Stay tuned.

8. What is your favourite part about being a writer?

My favorite part about being a writer is that I can entertain others while being safe at home. I love words. I love grammar. I love putting them together to communicate. I love that as a writer, your career never ends. You can age out of being an actress; you can never age out of being a writer. Writing also is something that lasts forever. You can make a difference.

9. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza and sushi.

10. What is one of your favourite hobbies apart from blogging?

Running and watching Reality TV (haha!)

11. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Hm…I hope to have two or three books published with a book deal from a publisher on the way! I also hope to have a good job and be happy with my kids and my life! I hope to be married again too, to my wonderful boyfriend!

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Blogger Interview With Wonani

Blogger Interview With Wonani

I had such a great time interviewing Wonani and I hope you guys enjoy her answers as much as I did! She is such a great blogger and I am so thankful for the support she has shown this blog so I would really appreciate it if you guys took some time to go over and check out her blog which is linked below.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Hey! Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be doing this.

I am a 22 year old Zambian currently living in Malaysia. I am in my final year of university, studying Civil Engineering. I’m also a writer. My blog is called Dose of Wonani. Dose of Wonani is about learning and life experiences, both about mine and others too. I write a lot about things I’ve learnt, mistakes I’ve made and other fun stuff like places I’ve visited and random stuff. I’m also extremely open to hearing or reading about other people’s stories or knowing about their art and so you’ll find that on the blog too. The blog has no specific niche so you will find a little bit of everything and anything. The plan is for the blog to be relatable to everyone.

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

I started my blog in December of 2017. I had just moved to Malaysia and was starting uni. The idea of having a blog came way before 2017 because I was doing a lot of writing. I wrote more then than I do now. However, I never actually started one. When I moved to Malaysia, I thought it would be a good idea to write about my university experience, share my writing and bring other people on board to do the same, So, because of that, I created a WordPress account, set up the site and here we are.

3. You write about a number of very interesting topics on your blog. Do you have a favourite topic or niche to write about?

Thank you! I have written a bunch of open letters on my blog. So far, I think those are my favourite to write. I think I like the idea of addressing people through letters. I wish we still did a lot of that today. I have written letters to my younger self, to my older self, to women and girls everywhere and to my future boyfriend. I love writing those mostly because they give me a chance to explore my creativity and imagination too.

4. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

I hope to stay consistent. I post weekly and I’m hoping I can keep that up even though university has become so busy now. I also hope to grow my following, work with more bloggers (like you), and I’ve really been thinking about upgrading my WordPress plan so I’m doing a lot of reading on that and I can hopefully make the change at the end of the year.

5. What is one piece of advice you would give to new bloggers?

There is always room for you. No field or area of content creation is too saturated. There will always be someone interested in hearing your story the way you want it to be told, seeing your work or knowing whatever it is you do. So fill up that room, take up that space. It’s yours. “The world made space for you to take up and you have a right to do so.” I hope that helps a new blogger who feels maybe this isn’t for them or they can’t do it like the next person.

6. What inspires you to write?

This is surprisingly a difficult question for me. For now, I’ll say life and the people around me inspire me to write.

7. What do you love about travelling?

I love that I get to see new places, have new experiences, try new food etc. The feeling of visiting a new place is really unmatched. Even just thinking about it makes me happy. Unfortunately, with the current world situation, I haven’t been able to travel and visit new places but I really hope I can travel this year. Fingers crossed I can. I’m also hoping I reach a point where my finances can catch up and be on the same page with my travel plans.

9. What is your favourite food?

Believe it or not, I don’t have one. I do enjoy a good, medium well steak and I love trying chicken nuggets from different places and rating them but having favourites, I don’t.

10. What is your favourite movie?

The Great Gatsby. I watch this movie at least once every year. Some people find it hard to watch and I really don’t get that.

11. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

Thank you so much for having me, Pooja. I had fun answering your questions and realising it’s not so easy for me to figure out what inspires me. To everyone reading, don’t forget to take time for the little things that make you happy. Find pleasure in them. Thank you!


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Blogger Interview With Shiloh

Blogger Interview With Shiloh

I hope you guys enjoy this interview with Shiloh– she’s a fantastic blogger and writer- and if you do enjoy the interview don’t forget to stop by and check out her blog which will be linked below.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

My name is Shiloh Carozza, and I am a chronic overthinker. While this can lead to needless stress in my personal life, I find this trait is the lifeblood of my creative existence. Many of my best ideas come from noticing a pattern in the outside world or in my own thought process, and then asking why. Why is this a pattern? Why do people keep coming back to a particular issue? Why does my mind return again and again to a particular interaction with someone? Why does this scene from a particular book or movie haunt me?
You will find that my books explore these questions through the eyes of my characters, in a narrative approach. My blog, however, takes a more conversational approach to this exploration. The Inquisitive Inkpot is my platform for three basic activities:
1) raising questions about particular stories
2) drawing connections between storytelling and real life
3)  giving my reades an inside look at my own creative works and journey as an author.

Other fun facts about me include the fact that I play the banjo, was featured on America’s Funniest Videos for falling into a bathtub (fully clothed, mind you), and I have the unusual talent of being able to pick up very large rocks off the bottom of lakes using my toes.

2. When did you create your blog and what pushed you to start blogging?

Creating a blog was something I had long avoided, because in my heart of hearts, I am a storyteller and not a conventional blogger. What I didn’t realize, though, was that author blogs are actually some of the most interesting ones out there, and that blogging and storytelling are quite compatible (case in point, Pooja’s “six word stories”). The Inquisitive Inkpot began in the summer of 2019 as my platform for sharing bits of historical research and background information about my historical fiction novel, The ExileIt didn’t take long to realize that there was so much more I wanted to write about, so it quickly became the online hub for sharing all things related to my creative projects, lessons I’ve learned in the writing/publishing process, and commentaries on the connections between life and storytelling.

3. I think you’re the first children’s author I’ve interviewed on this blog which is so awesome. Tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write children’s books.

In all honesty, it’s a bittersweet story. I had never intended to write children’s books– in fact, I had such little exposure to kids that the idea was rather terrifying. But a dear friend, who knew me perhaps better than I knew myself, told me I should try writing one. And so the adventure began! I wrote the story, we revised it together, we storyboarded it together, and a matter of months later we were no longer in each other’s lives. The birth of the story and the loss of this friend were so closely interwoven that I found it hard to move forward with the publishing process, but meeting the right illustrator changed everything. The artwork breathed new life into the project, and I knew this story had to reach children. Since publishing The Misadventures of Melvin the Missing Sockthis book has actually built new bridges with some of the dearest little friends in my life right now– and seeing kids enjoy the book has shown me that my friend was right all along. I needed to write children’s books. And if that friend could see me now, I know they would be proud.

4. What is the most difficult part about writing for children?

This is a great question. As a writer who usually prefers to imply things, I have to remind myself that children are not able to make sophisticated inferences in the same way adults can. This means I have to work to make the themes of the story more obvious than I normally would– and yet if they are too obvious, then the book feels preachy and overwritten. It’s about finding balance. I want to challenge kids by strengthening their reading and critical thinking skills, without important elements of the story going straight over their heads.

I would add that one of the most rewarding parts of writing for children is seeing them learn. A recurring pattern in my first series of children’s books is the use of alliteration (i.e. using consecutive words that begin with the same letter). I use this particular literary device to introduce new words to kids in a fun way, which means they are more likely to remember the word and use it themselves. For example, in The Misadventures of Melvin the Missing Sock, the story begins with Melvin the sock feeling “mediocre” because he is just a plain, white sock who lives in the middle drawer. Later on, when he is separated from his match, he feels “melancholy.” It’s always a blast seeing kids light up when they realize what these words mean, and then hearing them use the words later on!

5. You also write a number of other things like historical fiction which as a history major is one of my favourite genres. What inspired you to write historical fiction?

I have always been fascinated by what life in different time periods was like, and the gradual development of ideas that we take for granted today. But more than that, I love exploring the more obscure parts of history where there is a lack of recorded events. For instance, I was drawn to early medieval Scandinavia as the setting for The Exile because of the mystery surrounding the pre-Viking time period. Before the Vikings, there is actually very little recorded about the Nordic people and their clans. While we can assume that the way of life was very similar to their more famous (or infamous) successors, most of the land’s early history is mingled with legend and shrouded in uncertainty. I see this type of ambiguity as a goldmine for creativity. Where known facts end, imagination begins.

I also believe historical fiction is a beautiful way of connecting with peoples of the past. While the characters may be fictional, thorough research enables you to create a very believable world in which the reader feels for the characters and identifies with their struggles. Each era and culture certainly has its own challenges, societal expectations, and worldviews– but at the end of the day, every person who ever lived has had to face some of the same questions and struggles that define what it means to be human.

6. What are some of your future goals for your writing and your blog?

While I plan to continue writing both historical fiction and novels, I plan to take my writing into film production as well. I had the privilege of writing, directing, and producing some stageplays as well as small-scale films while in college, and ever since have been infected with “the bug” of scriptwriting. Success in connecting with professional producers depends largely on having a visible body of work that you can point to, which speaks to your versatility and quality of writing. This is not to say, of course, that writing books translates easily into writing scripts (they are very different). You will need to submit complete, properly formatted scripts to any film producer you are contacting. But, as with unpublished manuscripts, you don’t leave your scripts hanging out in public view on the internet– you only send them in as solicited by an agent or producer.
Yet having an entire library of content that you have developed over the years (i.e. your blog) can help make a professional impression on anyone who is considering the work you have submitted.

My current emphasis with The Inquisitive Inkpot is to continue sharing with my readers the valuable insights I have learned firsthand in the writing and submission/publication process. I have repeatedly found that some of the best advice and practical pointers I have received came from authors who take the time to share their experiences with readers. If I can be that sort of a resource to someone else, it is well worth it to me.

7. What is one thing you love about blogging?

Stumbling across a perspective I haven’t encountered before! In the blogosphere, you encounter plenty of people who echo the same concepts and principles– which can be a helpful reminder that what they’re saying is true, but it can also grow monotonous. I like running across an article or blogger who evaluates something from an unconventional angle– not for the purpose of being nonconformist, but for the purpose of raising important questions that many of us overlook. Two bloggers who consistently do this well are Sam Kirk and Saania Saxena.

8. What is one thing you hate about blogging?

Staring at a computer screen! I already do a lot of digital work for my full-time job, so by the end of my work day, spending more time in front of a screen is not exactly Number 1 on my list of preferred activities.

I also have to laugh at the times when an article that thought was a knock-out doesn’t receive the response I thought it would… while one of my more “lame” posts generates tons of likes and feedback. Your audience can keep you on your toes!

9. What is your favourite food?

This is probably the easiest question: Italian. I’m probably biased because I am Italian, but it is a core belief of mine that garlic can improve just about anything (except for desserts).

10. As a historical fiction writer what is one century/period of time you wish you could experience?

Although none of my stories (yet) have taken place in this setting, I would love to have experienced the golden age of Rome. The level of technological advancement, art, and education this society reached is truly astounding, when you think of how long ago this was. Granted, you would only have benefited from these aspects if you were of some means. Slaves didn’t have the best of lives, but the standard of living for the common man was still much higher than it was for peasants of subsequent centuries.
For all the attention that the Middle Ages and the more “rugged” time periods receive, I think we forget that life back then would have been very harsh, dangerous, and full of disease. We are still dealing with the effects of a pandemic today– imagine what it was like for those trapped inside cities during the Bubonic Plague!
The plunge from Rome’s pinnacle also fascinates me because it reminds me how civilizations are capable of regressing as well as progressing.

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Blogger Interview With Esha

Blogger Interview With Esha

I want to thank Esha for stopping by and she has an amazing blog so don’t forget to stop by her blog and check it out. I hope you enjoy the interview!

  1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog. 

Hello and Namaste! 🙏

Thanks for letting me be a part of this. I am a 25-year-old girl, based in India. I completed my postgraduate degree in English Literature back in 2019. My hobbies include reading, writing, photography and swimming.

My blog came to fruition in 2017, when I made it with the help of a friend. My aim was to use it as a creative outlet. However, over the last year, it has grown into something more than what I had hoped for. Now, I write about productivity, book review and mental clarity – things that I took an interest in and trying to inculcate in my life in order to live more meaningfully.

  1. When did you start blogging and what pushed you to do so?

I had a blog before this. I started my first blog when I was 18 (that is, 2014 for me) and was fresh out of high school. The reason was simple – I loved writing. However, I only wrote a few posts on that blog before I abandoned it with the excuse that I was too busy for it. I decided to get back to blogging in 2017 when I was 21. I made a new site since I thought that the previous blog was too juvenile for a 21-year-old. I still love writing and this blog is the little corner on the internet where I can furnish my thoughts and beliefs.

  1. What is your favourite post that you’ve written on your blog so far?

I don’t know if it’s weird but I do not have any favourite post? Everything on this blog is a result of the things I’m passionate about. However, I must admit that the post – How to get over a reading slump? – is one of the posts that resonate with me a lot. Especially since I have gone through a long period of reader’s block for years before I reconnected with reading again.

  1. How has your blog evolved since you first started blogging?

Very much! As stated earlier, I started this blog to post creative stories and articles. However, now, it has turned into so much more. I write book reviews, topics about productivity and mental clarity. These are the things that I am trying to inculcate in my life too. I have suffered from the uncertainty of putting myself out there but with time, I have managed to put that behind me. I also started doing requested book reviews recently – which is something that I never thought would happen until I actually got contacted by authors. I feel like writing about topics like productivity, books and mental clarity is actually a great way to hold myself accountable and try out the things that I am preaching about. I never really thought that I could write non-fiction for a long period of time. Now, the majority of content on my blog is non-fiction.

  1. Do you have a favourite topic to write about on your blog?

I have a bunch. Also, everything on my blog is something I love and is passionate about. My two favourite topics here would be books and organisation & productivity. I am really passionate about those things and I believe that it shows.

  1. You have a lot of great book reviews- what has been your favourite book to review so far?

The books I review on my blog (apart from the ones that are requested) are all about the books I liked. I think that it is better to write reviews for the books I enjoyed and would recommend rather than the ones I don’t. Among the requested ones, I only posted 3 of them till now and I have been lucky enough to get the good ones. However, the last 5-stars review from me was Lucia’s War by Susan Lanigan. Although it is historical fiction, set in the times of early to mid-1900s, it features some relevant topics that are prevalent even to this day and age – like race, sexuality and gender. I really liked it and would recommend it to the people looking for book recommendations.

  1. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

After experimenting with different schedules, I found out that I am better off with set routines. I do not have number goals in case of followers. That is not something I can control so I try not to dwell on it so much. What I can control is the number of posts I can churn out every week. So, nowadays, I am looking to post twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I started 2020 with one post a week and ended up loving blogging so much that I ending up writing multiple times a week. So, this year, my goal is to post twice a week. I also want to touch on newer topics like minimalism and stoicism – something that I have been experimenting for quite some time. I am still very amateur in terms of these topics but would love to explore them more in future.

  1. What is your favourite genre to read?

I am normally a crime and thrillers fan – my favourite crime fiction author being Agatha Christie. I also love John Grisham. I also love self-help books that would help me become a better version of myself. Recently, I have started liking contemporary/modern fiction too.             

  1. What is your favourite food?

Garlic Chicken – been so for over a decade now and nothing really topped it.

  1. Which Hogwarts house do you belong to?

I am a Pottermore-certified Hufflepuff. Go Badgers!

  1. If you could go to Hogwarts for a day what would you do there?

Become a student, attend classes, learn magic, and go to the quidditch tryouts! I believe that I’d be an excellent Chaser. I am really good at catching and throwing stuff. How hard can it be with a Quaffle?

  1. Who are some of the people that inspire you to write?

I do not have a specific name for this question. I believe it is a cumulative effect of many people I came across in my life. I have been interested in writing ever since I wrote my first essay – “Myself” – back in kindergarten. I also sent a Facebook message to an Indian author named Priya Kumar after reading one of her novels. She mentioned my writing skills and encouraged me to continue writing. I guess that incident crystallised the idea of me writing more and publishing it online. It was around the same time I started my first blog.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you want to share with the readers. 

Hey there! If you have managed to read till here, then thanks for sticking by! If you are interested in topics like productivity, books and mental clarity, then feel free to check out my blog – Felix Felicitated. I hope you’d find something valuable there.

Stay safe and healthy! 👋🏾


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Blogger Interview With Chidinma

Blogger Interview With Chidinma

I am so happy to finally post this interview with Chidinma– she is such a lovely person and has been so supportive of my blog. I truly hope you enjoy this interview and take the time to check out her wonderful blog.

1.Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. My name is Chidinma Precious Obiaor. I am from Nigeria and I am a freshman in college studying to be a nurse. I am a goal-oriented and highly organized person. My blog is all about inspiring and uplifting people through written words, and sometimes poetry.

2. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging on the 24th of April 2020 during the lockdown. Before then I loved writing and I did most of my writing in my diary. But the pandemic helped me realize that I needed to do something more since I had a lot of free time and also since there was a lot going on in the world. I thought that it would be the perfect time to inspire people and give them hope. So I looked up the best website for blogging, WP came up and that was it.
3. On your blog you write about a number of different topics- do you have a favourite topic to write about and if so which topic is it?
Yes, I do have a favorite topic.The topic that I love to write more about on my blog is motivational quotes because I love spreading positivity and I think that sharing some inspiring and motivating quotes from time to time would encourage other people and give them strength to keep going no matter the situation. Personally, I love motivational quotes a lot because they really help me to accomplish a lot.
4. You migrated from Nigeria to the US as a teenager. What is one thing you miss about Nigeria and one thing that you love about living in the US?
One thing I miss about Nigeria is the traditional festivals  and one thing I love about America is how easily people get to express their rights unlike other places in the world where freedom of speech does not even exist.
5. You mention on your blog that you love to cook- what are some of your favourite dishes to make?
I haven’t had the opportunity to learn how to prepare meals from other cultures. But some of my favorite dishes that I love to make are: Beef stew with white rice, melon soup, fried and jollof rice, plantain porridge and African salad.
6. Has blogging changed your life in any way and if so how?
Blogging gives me a sense of accomplishment. Because, once I was writing in my diary and now I have to write what the world is going to read. It makes me nervous sometimes but remembering why I started blogging in the first place keeps me focused.
7. What are your future plans for your blog?
I don’t really plan to make money through my blog. All I just want is to build a community where people uplift and encourage each other.
8. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
What I enjoy most about blogging is that it allows me to express myself and my ideas in a way that I might not be able to through dialogue, create something beautiful and show what’s inside to those outside.
9. What is your favourite food?
My favorite food is pasta, precisely spaghetti anyday.
10. What is the craziest thing you believed as a child?
One time, I swallowed the seed of a fruit. My brother made me believe that the seed was going to grow from my stomach out to my head. He also said  that the tree was going to stay on top of my head and start bearing fruit. I really believed his crazy story then. But remembering it now makes me laugh out loud.
11. Who inspires you the most?
My elder sister inspires me the most because she has this way of handling whatever life throws at her. She is a very strong lady.
12. What is your favourite song?
My favorite song is “YOU SAY” By Lauren Daigle. It is a pretty good song, you can check it out.
13. If you could travel to any place where would it be?
I would love to travel to Dubai. It’s a very beautiful place. I have been there once but I didn’t really see anything.
14. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to tell the readers. 
Thanks very much, pooja! For taking the time to interview me. I had fun answering all the questions. If you would love to know more about me please feel free to click this link.

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Chidinma’s blog by clicking here.


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Blogging Interview With Stuart

Blogging Interview With Stuart

I want to thank Stuart for taking the time to be a part of this interview- he has such an interesting blog and it was so great to learn more about it. I hope you guys enjoy reading his answers as much as I did.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

Hi! I’m Stuart, a Malaysian-based writer, and I’ve been writing for a living for some nine years now. Fun fact, I was also a hairdresser and accountant, plus I’ve held tons of odd jobs as well. My blog used to be a place for me to share my work, but now it’s evolved into a place for writing advice.

2. When did you decide to start blogging and why?

I’ve always been interested in putting my thoughts online, even since the Geocities days. So I guess I’ve always used this medium, even before I began writing for a living. My current blog started in 2014. Why do I do it though? I don’t actually know. It’s just something that I’m particularly drawn towards, and I’ll do it even if it doesn’t get me anywhere.

3. What is your favourite part about blogging and what is your least favourite part about blogging?

My favourite part has got to be the occasional fan mail. No requests to check out their work, no marketing, just sincere appreciation. There’s this one time someone told me ‘please never stop writing’, and I still remember that.

My least favourite part of blogging is that sometimes it can feel like a chore. I’m trying to stick to a once-a-week schedule, but the demands of my day job, coupled with the novel I’m working on, sometimes leaves me very little time to churn out my next blog post for the week. I love writing, but those moments really remind me how much blogging can feel like work sometimes.

4. You have been in the writing industry for a long time now. What advice would you give someone trying to become a professional writer?

Okay, this is going to sound super cliche, but just write. That, and read. A lot. I can hear the collective protests of your readers now. “Doesn’t this guy have any better advice than this hackneyed crap?”

I don’t, because this really is the best advice. It’s all you need to become a professional writer. I say this because I became a professional writer, and I didn’t even finish high school. And if someone unqualified like me can do it, then why can’t you? My method? I write and I read. A lot.

5. What has blogging taught you about writing?

I think the most important blog-specific lesson I’ve learned was how to write for an audience. I used to treat my blog as a high-school journal of sorts. I’d just play around with words and post the most abstract stories. But as read more blogs, I began to learn what was good blogging and what wasn’t. And the most successful blogs always brought value to their readers’ lives.

6. You have had a lot of interesting experiences as a writer- what are some of your favourites?

I have so many! I got to grapple with the mud wrestlers of India, tour almost the entirety of Myanmar in three weeks, get ringside seats to the UFC (and I’m a big fan), stand-up paddle in open water on a rainy day in Philippines, and cruise down the Red River in Vietnam. But I guess one of the most memorable experiences was an assignment in Hokkaido where I’d met good friends, enjoyed great experiences (like being part of an Ainu ceremony), and saw snow for the first time in my life.

7. What is your favourite topic to write about?

I’ve been enjoying writing about writing lately, but I generally like writing anything creative non-fiction. If it’s happened in my life, then I’ll find a way to turn it into a story that readers can enjoy. This comes from my enjoyment of works from David Sedaris, Junot Diaz, and Neil Strauss, among others. When it comes to fiction, I love writing cyberpunk.

8. How has being a writer enhanced your life?

I have to say that I’d been given so many opportunities just because of my writing alone, ones that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. So that’s one big way it’s enhanced my life. The other enhancement? I see things differently now, because I’m always looking for ways to describe everyday things in unique fashion.

9. What is your favourite food?

Sushi. Pizza. Fried rice.

10. Out of all the places you have travelled to which is your favourite?

I would have to say Japan, because it’s a country that caters to introverts. I’ve never seen it done to that degree in other places. Like, they have restaurants that limit your interaction with other people, and everyone’s generally quiet and polite there. I’m sure that I’d see things different had I lived there though.

11. What is the craziest thing someone has asked you to write about?

Someone emailed me asking me to write a poem based on their name once. I didn’t know how to respond.

12. Do you have any specific goals for 2021 and if so which ones?

I do! I want to finish drafting my fourth and fifth novels by the end of this year, and I want to push my writing output by trying to blog more frequently. The master goal is to sustain myself through my fiction, though that’ll take quite a while I believe.

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Stuart’s blog by clicking here.


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Blogger Interview With Shelly

Blogger Interview With Shelly

I hope you enjoy this interview with Shelly– she is such a lovely person inside and out and I am so glad I have gotten to know her better through blogging. I was super excited to post this interview and I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.

  1. Thank you for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about. 
Thanks for having me on your blog!
I’m just a girl trying to figure out life and have chosen to share it with you all. My blog initially started as a mom blog, since I had just become a mom, but I realised that writing about parenting just wasn’t my thing. So now I’ve rebranded my blog to be a lifestyle blog and I cover mental health, work life and your typical day to day things.
2. When did you create your blog and what pushed you to take this step?
I launched my blog on May 27, 2020 after spending 2 weeks just writing about whatever popped into my mind. I actually started it because I was having a tough time at work and needed an outlet.
3. I really like the name of your blog “growingwithspawn.” How did you come up with the name?
Hahah that name though… I call my daughter ‘spawn’ or ‘spawny’ because of an inside joke my husband and I have. Since it was supposed to be a mom blog, I decided to name it Growing With Spawn. When I rebranded, I didn’t change the name because it is still about growth, I am a millennial and I am still learning about life even though I am now a parent.
4. As someone who has a lot of things going on how do you find time to balance all that and continue blogging regularly?
To be honest, I’m not really sure! Writing is fun for me, so it doesn’t feel like work at all. And having the pandemic restrictions just means that I spend a lot more time indoors than usual. I write when I’m bored, when I’m excited, when I’m happy, etc
5. What are some tips you would give to readers who are struggling to balance working, parenting and blogging?
I would say that they should prioritise their parenting first, job second and then blog last. Blogging should be fun, so if you do it when you have other things on your mind, it will feel like a chore. Also, you don’t make money from it that easily so of course work is more urgent. I would also say to be prepared to write at any time of the day. Sometimes my inspiration come when Im soaking in a tub, or when I’m cooking. Those are the times I usually blog the most actually! And blog in bulk! I wrote a post in it a while ago which might help some people.
6. On your blog you talk about your experiences with mental health such as your experiences with anxiety. Has blogging affected your mental health in any way either positively or negatively?
Blogging has actually been a rollercoaster ride for me. In the beginning stages, I was learning a lot so I was excited to experience every milestone. Then I got addicted to the stats and had to take a step back to reevaluate my approach. I’ve found that I need to constantly be learning and evolving so that I don’t fall back into that obsession. It’s been good to express myself though. I find that I am not nearly as stressed as I used to be.
7. What advice would you give someone who is currently suffering from anxiety?
Breathe. Speak to someone (preferably a professional. Write down everything in your mind whenever something new starts to bug you. You would be surprised how small the thing becomes when it has been narrowed down to a single word or sentence!
8. In what ways has being a parent changed your life?
Life has changed for the better, to be honest. I think the biggest changes came when I got postpartum depression and had to see a psychiatrist. It was then that I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety that dated back to when I was a teen! So now I am chilled, happy and definitely more patient lol
9. What is your favourite food?
Pizza pizza pizza!!!
10. What is your favourite TV show to binge-watch?
I have been a hardcore Grey’s Anatomy fan since it first started! But I just fell in love with Netflix’s Bridgerton. I think that one stole my heart 😀
11. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Jamaica! Those beaches look so cool! And I love to see people dancing reggaeton.
12. What is your spirit animal?
I don’t know what that is lol
13. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
Waking up before sunrise and going for a swim then being scolded by my mom and asked to get out for breakfast. So my sister and I would get out of the pool and climb a tree instead. My mom was cool enough to bring the food to the tree! Lol
14. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
I just wanted to say thanks a bunch Pooja for having me here. I’ve loved your blog since I fist found it and it is such an honour to be interviewed by you! You kinda rock.
If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Shelly’s blog by clicking here.
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Blogger Interview With Kristeena

Blogger Interview With Kristeena
It was a wonderful experience to interview Kristeena and I really hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did!
1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about. 
I’m an engineer/scientist by training and a wife and mother of 3 girls. My blog Taking the Tee (takingthetee.com) is really about my day-to-day life, but from a perspective of dealing with anxiety and the ups and downs that come along with adulting. The color of my skin, who I choose to be with, my career…these things have made life challenging, but I do find that some amazing things have come from some really unfair and crappy situations. And it’s how I deal with them and the anxiety they cause that allow me to grow.
2. When did you create your blog and why did you decide to create a blog?
I created the blog not long after moving to Boston as a therapeutic way to channel everything going on. I didn’t share it or let anyone know it was up, but it was an outlet and a way to store my experiences and lessons learned.
3. Your blog talks a lot about mental health and anxiety. When did you first realise you had anxiety?
When I was in college I started having panic attacks, mainly triggered by big tests and my fear of flying. Over time, I was more aware of other ways that anxiety could show up and that the panic attacks were usually the worst case.
4.Why is it important for you to share your experiences with anxiety and has blogging helped you with your mental health?
I mentioned that it’s been therapeutic writing down my thoughts. I can acknowledge them in full, then tuck them away and try to move forward. But I’ve also realized that so many people deal with anxieties everyday. It’s not unique and it’s not unconquerable.
5. In what ways has having children this affected your anxiety? 
I’ve definitely dealt with postpartum anxiety that is heightened those first few months after having my daughter and the twins. But I would say that being a mom has actually helped overall. While there is more to worry about with 3 little ones, there’s also that drive to be strong for them. That doesn’t mean not panicking, just not letting panic and worry take over.
6. What are some things you do to help reduce your anxiety?
Working out is a huge help for me, and I lean on my faith as well. And I’m a huge advocate of therapy, whether it’s talking to someone, drawing, writing, ax throwing, whatever.
7. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with anxiety?
To give yourself grace. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and I think talking and sharing are the biggest enemies of anxiety. Not only does it help to acknowledge what’s going on, but you never know what other benefits await.
8. You are a scientist which is so amazing! What advice would you give to people, especially women, who would be interested in that profession?
Thanks! I really love it. I’d say network and connect with people who are where you want to be. And don’t self-sabotage! Statistically we have a tendency to sell ourselves short when speaking about ourselves and applying for new positions. We’re so much better!
9. What are some of your long-term blogging goals?
I’d love to increase followers of course, but I think my main focus is just to stick with it. It’s easier said than done sometimes.
10. What is your favourite food?
Guava duff – I’m half-Bahamian and it’s an amazing dessert that I can’t have often
11. What is your favourite movie?
Crash
12. Are you more of a dog or cat person?
Dog, which is funny because I currently only have a cat
13. What is a hobby apart from blogging that you really enjoy?
Weightlifting
14. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers. 
Thanks so much for the opportunity Pooja. Here’s to a better year everyone!
If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Kristeena’s blog by clicking here. 
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Blogger Interview With Rida

Blogger Interview With Rida

I want to thank Rida for this wonderful interview and I hope you guys enjoy her answers as much as I did!

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about. 

I am 33 years old living in Georgia (USA) with a gracious husband I have known for over 10 years, and two amusing, creative toddlers. It is because of them, my days are never dull. Although I have been on this earth for 33 years, it wasn’t until a year ago that I realized that I have complete control over my life. It just clicked. All the rules I was following, the life I was leading was dictated by choices made because other people or society gave me the impression that this was how I should be or how I should act. So, I started writing my blog Meovermommy (now Revivingreality.com) to take back my life. At first my posts were to express the thoughts I was having during this pivotal moment and then the Pandemic took hold. I shifted the blog gradually to be less about me and more about others. I began interviewing other people and sharing pieces of their lives that were/are life-altering and how they are choosing to push on. From death, divorce, health issues, etc.

  1. When did you first start your blog and why?

I started blogging February 2020. Writing helps me relieve stress. When the words are swirling in my heart or my head, it’s therapeutic to write. Putting those words down on a public platform hopefully will connect with someone else who may have the same feelings I’m having.

  1. Your blog is very uplifting. What helps you stay hopeful when things aren’t going well?

Faith and gratitude. When things aren’t going well, my faith reminds me of what’s to come and what I’ve already overcome. Gratitude keeps me grounded in the moment. Reminding me of the lovely “little” things I may have forgotten.

  1. Why did you choose to blog and what is your favourite part about being a blogger/blogging?

My absolute favorite part about blogging is meeting different people and the intimacy and vunerability they have in sharing a piece of their lives with me (most of the time, a complete stranger). Also, knowing that it can provide a bit of comfort to share their stories makes me feel like I am doing some good. For this, I am so grateful.

  1. You talk about the importance of being honest and sharing the bad along with the good. Why do you think it’s important to share everything especially right now with a lot of people online- especially on social media- trying to look like they have the perfect life?

I’ve seen how social media has caused moments of low-feelings or even depression in those that I love. Many people forget that social media is just the highlights. It’s just to show those rare moments where you thought it worthy of a photo.

I wanted a space to showcase reality, show that everyone has something to overcome, and you are not alone. No one has it perfect, but you can control the life you live.

No matter what social media portrays we are ALL dealing with stuff. Mundane stuff, hard stuff, ugly stuff. BUT, you can get through it. Keep pushing.

  1. How has being a parent changed your life?

Parenting has shown me the areas where I still need growth. It has shown me that I need to work on my patience. My children are 2 and 3 and I have to continuously remind myself that they have not been in this world for long. Things I think they should know or remember, doesn’t come as easily to them.

  1. What has been your favourite post to write so far?

The interview posts are my absolute favorite. I could read them over and over. I don’t think I will ever get tired of doing them.

  1. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

My goal is to do more interviews and stay consistent. I hope to do in-person interviews once the Corona virus is under control.

  1. What is your favourite food?

Pasta, Pasta and more Pasta. I could eat it every day.

  1. If you could be anyone for a day, dead or alive, who would you choose to be?

I would be Prince. 1. Because I would love to play multiple instruments and sing on stage. His energy was everything. 2. He led such a private life. I am curious to know what things he did for fun, where he traveled, etc.  I think I would need more than one day in his life. LOL

  1. What is your favourite TV show and favourite movie?

My favorite TV show is Martin and my favorite movie is The Wedding Crashers. I like to laugh and I can watch these repeatedly.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything that you would like to share with the readers.

If I can leave one thing with the readers —- Everyday won’t be sunshine but don’t forget to soak up the sun whenever you see it shining.

If anyone would like to share a story or testimony, please feel free to reach out to me at Ridajenay@gmail.com

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Rida’s blog by clicking here. 
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