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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5 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Blog

5 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Blog

Blogging Mistakes

Blogging is such a fun way to express yourself and interact with other like-minded people. A lot of people really enjoy a lot of aspects of blogging but the one thing most people I have interacted with enjoy is the social part of blogging. The WordPress community is a truly unique place on the internet because for the most part people are super friendly, enthusiastic, supportive and helpful. 

After blogging for a while a lot of bloggers (my phone just tried to autocorrect the word bloggers to voyagers?? 🤔) realise that growing your blog is actually pretty difficult but having a larger platform is great because you get to interact with even more people. There are a lot more benefits of having a larger platform too especially if you would like to blog professionally or make money on your blog at any point. 

I have a lot of posts you can check out about how to grow your blog but today I decided to do something a little different and write about things that will instantly slow down the growth of your blog or that may destroy your blog altogether. I’m not trying to tell you what to blog about because blogging is obviously a very personal thing and you should blog about whatever you feel that you want to blog about. However, if you want to grow your blog or increase your growth I would recommend avoiding these things:

Buying Followers, Likes And Comments

There are so many issues that come along with buying followers, likes and comments but since we don’t have forever I will keep it short and highlight some of the main issues that are associated with buying bot likes, follows and comments. 

The first issue is that everyone’s going to know. It’d often extremely obvious when people buy likes, comments and followers. Bot followers usually have no profile picture, no real posts etc. The comments are often really basic or generic like “nice post” or “great post” without any real reference to the post itself. The likes are often disproportionate compared to the comments and followers which is a big tell-tale for fake likes. If you ever want to make a profit from your posts you will likely be interested in sponsored posts however the first thing sponsors do is check how many of your followers are real which is extremely easy to do. Most people have some fake followers because bots just follow sites randomly sometimes (you’ll notice some bot followers in your following too) but if the largest majority of your following is fake obviously sponsors are not going to be interested in working with you because what’s the point? You won’t direct any traffic to them since none of your traffic is real. 

Another issue is again concerning making a profit from your blog because I’m assuming that if you’re buying followers it’s because you want to make money off your site. A lot of times people will sell services or products on their blog which is a great (maybe the best) way to make money online but if all your followers are fake who are you going to sell to? If you build a genuine following it may take longer but it’s worth so much more than a fake following. 

Buying followers, likes and comments can be pretty expensive. Especially buying followers, however, from stuff I’ve read these followers don’t last very long because WP has been cracking down on bot accounts (they’re not doing a good job with it but they’re trying) so your followers are going to decrease as time goes buy and you will have to continue buying followers every few weeks to maintain your following. Instead, spend some money advertising on other blogs or through Google or Bing. You’ll gain genuine followers for a much cheaper amount. 

The last and probably the most important reason is because if you’re buying all these things you’re probably missing the point of blogging. In my opinion at least, blogging is largely about putting your work out there and interacting with other bloggers and honestly it’s the best part of blogging. WordPress is really unique because unlike most platforms on the internet people are super supportive and kind here. People genuinely want to connect with one another and I feel like the majority of people actually use their platform how it was supposed to be used- to express oneself. If you ever want to buy followers just take some time to interact with people here instead. It will help you connect with others and grow your blog. 

Spam Comments

Literally everyone I have talked to on WP hates spam comments and in my opinion these kind of comments are one of the worst parts of WP. I don’t mean spam comments like the obviously spam ones that try to sell you viagra or something (although if you’re the person who keeps leaving spam comments trying to sell me viagra please stop 😂). I mean the comments that say nothing about your post but tells you to visit their blog. Here are some examples:

Why would anyone follow your blog when you can’t take a few minutes to read theirs? Most people would automatically check out your blog if you left a genuine comment on their blog. However, when you leave comments like this people are just going to get irritated and probably block you or at least avoid your blog. 

Not Using Features Correctly

WP offers a lot of really great features but a lot of people don’t do a lot or any research on how to use them to their advantage. Features like tags, categories, featured images etc are there for a reason and can be vital in growing your blog. Using these features incorrectly can actually slow down your blogs growth.

For example, if you use more than 15 tags your posts will be taken off the tags section in the Reader and this will decrease your traffic and consequently your following. Using incorrect hashtags can also do the same. Using really specific tags is great for SEO but not so much for the WP community. I mean when was the last time you searched something on WP that was super specific like “post about how to grow your blog and use the tags feature on WP.” Most people will search something like “how to grow your blog” or even shorter like “grow WordPress.” Using specific tags is fine but don’t forget to add some broader tags too like “food” if you’re writing about food. 

Clickbait

Clickbait is okay to an extent if you do it once in a while and your title does relate to your post to an extent but if you constantly use clickbait-y titles that have nothing to do with your post people are probably going to get irritated and end up not following you or unfollowing you. What you want is loyal readers and followers because that’s what will help you grow long term. 

Spreading Hate

Most people have heard this at least a few times in their life- if you don’t have anything nice to say than don’t say anything at all. I think most people are fine receiving feedback because it helps you improve your writing or your posts and it helps you understand your readers better. However, if you are going to use your platform to leave hateful comments that attack the blogger you are not going to be very popular on WP because like I said we’re like a family here. If you’re going to leave feedback make sure you’re not attacking someone and leave it in a positive manner.

If you’re just going to leave a hateful comment think about the fact that there are thousands of other blogs out there. No one is forcing you to follow a blog you don’t like or read posts you don’t want to. If you hate something that much just read other blogs you agree with or connect with more. Don’t waste your energy ruining someone else’s day. You don’t personally know this person, you don’t know what they are currently going through and frankly it’s their blog and they can do whatever they want on their own blog.  

Thoughts

What are some blogging mistakes you wish you had known about sooner? Have you missed my blogging advice posts? Do you think I should do more blogging advice posts- I feel like I haven’t done any in forever? Did you find this post helpful? What is some blogging advice you wish someone had given you?


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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!

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


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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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5 Things bloggers wish they could say — Growing With Spawn

With over 500 million blogs on the web to date, it seems as though everyone and their dog has a blog. There are just so many sites to peruse through that very little thought is actually given to what goes… 15 more words

5 Things bloggers wish they could say — Growing With Spawn

This was so funny and relatable I had to share it with you guys!!

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.

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


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Ask Me Something

Ask Me Something

What Is This?

In March, I did my first “ASK ME SOMETHING” post and it was so much fun. I know a lot of you enjoy these kinds of interactive posts and when I first started again back in January, Zainab a fellow blogger suggested I should do another Q&A post to catch up with everyone and answer your questions and I thought that was an amazing idea. I had been meaning to do one of these posts since then but to be honest I just got super busy with university and knew I would not have enough time to reply to everyone’s questions so I decided to wait till I had a bit more free time.

So, How Does This Work?

In case you hadn’t participated in the last Ask Me Something post or have forgotten how it works I thought I would leave the instructions here again. So, I got the idea for this from how people have that “ask me anything” box on Instagram and thought it would be a lot of fun to do on WordPress too because I have a larger following here and people are a lot more interested in connecting with one another rather than just playing the following/unfollowing. And on that note follow me on Instagram by clicking here- I promise I won’t follow/unfollow you! 😂

I thought it would be particularly fun as some of us are stuck at home and don’t have a lot going on (I’m some of us…). I thought this would be a fun way to connect, start some fun conversations, get to know one another better and just have a nice little virtual get together in the comments section!
Okay so back to how it works. All you have to do is leave a question/questions in the comments section.

After about a week I will publish a post tagging you along with your question and will give an answer to the question on the post.

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone in advance for your comment and for being a part of this! Honestly, it’s just so great that we have this awesome platform on which we can connect with each other. I always enjoy talking to you guys and you always come up with some really interesting questions.


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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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