Simon posts about space, science, sc-fi, sketches, hair dryers and features guest posts … his blog is truly eclectic. A real geek with talent humour and a good heart drop by as your interests are sure to be catered for. Oh and I’ve just realised that he has four blogs so take your pick … this is the one that I follow. And he’s always up for a cheeky chat …
Please give a brief personal background and talk about your hobbies/interests?
My background is that really I’m a big kid, geeky, techie (although Kate is now doubting my credibility here) so it’s no wonder I turned into an engineer. I look at the skies and wonder, so I have a firm interest in everything on and off this planet. Because of this I also have a firm interest in science fiction, imagination and the possibilities of the future. I enjoy writing, being outdoors, drawing and sketching, reading and cooking… as well a bit more too!
When, where and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2013 after a workmate suggested I do so as it was clear “I had something to say to the world.” I scarcely blogged over the next year or so but I used blogging increasingly in 2014 to kind of escape, recover or something (I’m not sure how to describe it) from the pile of shit that had been piling onto me during that year.
What blogging tips or advice would you give someone just starting?
This depends a lot on what you’re trying to achieve. But these are tips that I think would help most people and would have helped me:
Don’t rush it – if you’re after instant success then it won’t happen.
Blog because you want to, when you want to and how you want to.
If people like or comment then take the time to see what they’re up to or reply.
The principle of a follow for a follow is fine when you’re small but get’s really heavy as you go on.
Enjoy it, have fun and don’t be constantly looking at stats.
What do you most enjoy about blogging and what have you learnt?
I love the people, I love finding out about what’s going on in the world apart from my little bubble. I love that people you wouldn’t think do have interests or things in common with you.
Has your blog or writing led to opportunities for you?
Not yet, I’m not really sure if that’s what I’m after.
What methods do you use to expand your readership?
I’m using other social media to expand my readership, some things work and some don’t but for me it has been slow.
Time management can be a challenge for bloggers:
how do you stay disciplined and organised?
It’s funny a friend of mine said to me the other day I was organised in my blogging but I’m really not, it’s an illusion. I just blog when I can.
Which is your favourite post and why?
I don’t really have one, but this is a good recent one where I’m spilling my thoughts out on the direction my blogging should go and how it’s driving me nuts:
What has been your most popular post and did you expect it to be
the most popular?
I haven’t looked at this before this question now but my top post is one on reaching 1000 followers which is boring, this is my second most popular with 75 likes:
Share something funky about yourself, or something that most don’t know?
I don’t know really, I’m techie although in many ways I don’t like technology. I’m pretty geeky and as such have never made it onto the cool board and the thought of getting there repulses me.
I’m me, I do what I do regardless of the crowd, regardless of what others think or not think of me. I’m not a git though, I’m nice and don’t bite often lol
I’m not really a funky person so … there’s not much that’s funky to say.
Thank you to Kate for this interview and I’m sorry it’s taken so long [only six months!] I’ll be returning the favour sometime! [is that a threat Simon?]