Please give a brief personal background and talk about your hobbies/interests?
So a brief personal background – well on the surface my life has been pretty ordinary really – worked most of my life as an accountant, been with my partner for 27 years and have two children. I guess what makes my life more interesting is that I was born with a very vivid imagination – so what was simple I complicate and to make it really spectacular my son was born to get into trouble.
Anyway my hobbies have varied over time – I like to read, write, do puzzles and cook cakes. (Only cakes I’m hopeless at all the rest) but when my doctor told me I had to lose weight exercise became the priority and it is something I still undertake for a couple of hours each day.
When, where and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging only recently and it was more in defiance of something I had been brooding on for years. One of my lecturers told me that there were two types of writers – those who wrote to be published and those who wrote for themselves.
When I considered his statement more closely I decided that blogging meant you could be read by others while writing for yourself.
What blogging tips or advice would you give someone just starting?
I guess I would reiterate the best piece of advice I got – read lots of other blogs and interact. Blogging is a community – when you interact you not only have a clearer idea of what you want to say but others offer advice. I have found this priceless.
What do you most enjoy about blogging and what have you learnt?
It’s going to sound strange but I really like the interaction – I enjoy learning about people. I also enjoy the routine of sitting down each day and creating something. It gives me a sense of fulfilment
Has your blog or writing led to opportunities for you?
Well I’m the kind of person who takes any opportunity that comes along, so every day I write something and then it goes into one of three categories – blog post, for my book, find somewhere to submit. I’ve had a few pieces posted on other sites currently and I have received some really helpful advice in the process
What methods do you use to expand your readership?
I get involved – there are heaps of challenges out there and I try to participate in as many as possible. By doing this I not only get enjoyment but others who participate often come and have a look.
Time management can be a challenge for bloggers: how do you stay disciplined and organised?
I have a calendar where I record all of the upcoming challenges so I can be prepared in advance. I also take advantage of the draft function and if I get an idea I write a headline so I can use it later. I also do a lot of writing while I am on the exercise bike – many of my poems have started while exercising.
Which is your favourite post and why?
I guess my favourite post was one of the six word Saturdays – Want Excitement? Then Peel A Carrot. What I liked so much about this post was that I managed to capture the moment – I was literally in tears laughing as I listened to my partner and I think those who read it understood that.
What has been your most popular post and did you expect it to be the most popular?
My most popular post was the Weekly Photo Challenge – out of this world. I find I always get a good response to the Weekly Photo Challenge but I didn’t think it was a particularly good example of the theme. So I was surprised at the response
Share something funky about yourself, or something that most don’t know?
Funky – well growing up I had an imaginary friend called Acrobat who was – shock, horror – an acrobat. Think my imagination was in its infancy then.