Twenty Four by Deb Whittam

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

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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.

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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.

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