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So I thought I do something a little bit different today (basically, away from the book chat) because I quite like answering questions about myself because I’m narcissistic like that. I took my inspiration for this from this post, which is fun because they’re not necessarily questions I’ve ever answered before.
1) If you are a blogger, how would you describe what you write about? Are there specific themes you stick to or a style you use?
I almost went to say that I write about anything, but that’s a lie. I mainly write about books and eventually the varied creative things that my brain has produced, after they have been edited a couple of times (or just the once, majorly) end up on there. Then the’s occasional rambly post and little update about my life. I could lie and say that it’s like a slight representation of the inside of my brain but that would be a lie because it is way more organised.
2) Do you write driven by inspiration or do you struggle to find things to say?
Ummmm, a bit of both I guess. I get hit by these waves of inspiration sometimes that come with a whole bucketful of ideas that I write down and then draw from, scheduling them and seeing when I can slot them in (which to be honest isn’t that hard when they the only ideas I have). Sometimes I’m just minding my own business and then something that happens in life and I instantly get hit by an idea (that’s weirdly happening a lot right now, I’m rolling with it). But to be honest, a lot of the time I struggle. The problem with daily blogging is that it’s really easy to run out of ideas really quickly. So although sometimes you get a bucketful of ideas once they have all been scheduled they actually only last about two weeks…But also, daily posting does mean that sometimes you just have to go with your gut instinct and post the post that you feel in that moment and that’s kind of great.
3) Which kinds of posts do you most like writing? Do other people like reading them?
I don’t really have any kind of posts that I like writing more than others. There is a level of enjoyment that I get from almost all of the posts that I write (with the exception of Saturdays because that can’t really be considered a post) so I don’t have a specific answer for that. As to whether people enjoy reading them, well I hope so.
4) What wouldn’t you ever write about? Why?
The boundary for things that I would never write about seem to move a bit further each day. There is definitely a line that I won’t cross on this blog, but it’s one that I am always redefining and currently if I write a post in the heat of a moment and then step back from it for a few hours (or sometimes minutes, I won’t lie) then I make a decision as to whether or not I am going to post it. If I question it even a little I delete (or rather copy and paste it to somewhere else for safe keeping) and start again. Sometimes it’s because it’s a bit too personal for such a public sphere, sometimes it’s because it has no structure, sometimes it’s because I just needed to get something off my chest but there’s no real point to it nor does it really make any sense but to me.
5) What’s your favourite post that you’ve written? What did you like about it? Did other people ‘get’ it?
My favourite post that I have ever written was this. I am a sucker for all things Disney and fairytales related and playing around with that kind of world is something that for the most part I enjoy reading and enjoy doing. The idea for this came to me randomly while I was trying to sleep and I wrote it really quickly and it was one of those things that thankfully didn’t take ages to get right. It just worked for me for the most part, I was a bit iffy about the sudden change from 2nd to 3rd person narrative but I realised that my gut instinct had made it that way and so I didn’t want to try and force it and get it to a place where I didn’t like just for that sake. It worked for me and I hope that it translated well enough for others.
6) What’s your favourite post that someone else has written? What about it caught your attention?
I am going to be totally honest, I am terrible at reading other blogs consistently right now. just truly awful at it. It’s one of the things that I am going to get better at this year, I don’t read anywhere near as much as I should. So, unfortunately, there isn’t one that really stands out to me off the top of my head. Soon I will be able to answer this question though.
7) Do you keep a blog because you want it to lead somewhere? Or do you just like writing?
Again a bit of both. I definitely can see myself doing something done a creative vein in the future, but for now it is more about building my confidence and because it is a part of my life that I borderline crave. Although I didn’t really like writing essays all that much at least I was writing and articulating and improving, when I stopped doing that I just felt sort of aimless for a long period of time which wasn’t great. So yeah, it’s a bit of both.
8) What sort of blogs do you most like to read? Personal? Stories? Factual? Pictures?
Again, see above a couple of answers. I really need to do better.
9) What kind of posts put you off reading? Is there anything else about a blog that puts you off?
Fonts are a big thing for me. If the font is shit I just can’t cope with them. Popups are annoying, but I can kind of just zone them out as is the way with the internet sometimes. But yeah, fonts are super important. I spend a lot of time looking at the way fonts show up on my blog when I change the layout and stuff. The matter. I feel very strongly about them.
10) When do you write and read blogs? From work? On the toilet? Inside a volcano?
The majority of the writing of my posts happen at my desk at work when I just have to get it out of my head and down onto a piece of paper there and then. Sometimes they happen on my train journeys when I just can’t quite focus on a book. Or they are written on my sofa straight onto the screen. I get the rare occasion that I get woken up or can’t sleep because of an idea, then I’ll write what I have onto a note and then try and figure out what the hell that means when I’m more awake.
And that’s a little more about moi. Hope you enjoyed reading!
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