My Blogging!

Please share a brief history of your blogging career –

From what lead you to start?
Had the wish to blog for years and following the advice of my best friends tech genius kids I started on WP October 2015. It was one of two free sites they’d suggested, they later told me that it was the hardest one to use.

I usually have something to say, an opinion, but didn’t want to wear my friendships out. So thought blogging didn’t need a forest [for paper] and I like the idea that people can read or move on. There is no compulsion or expectation that followers must read every post … although many of mine are kind enough to do that! And I value them so much.

Has your motivation changed since starting?
Had initially wondered if I could make some money out of it but that’s not happened. When I finally saw all the ads WP was swamping my blog with I paid the minimum to have them taken off. Had very few search engines visit since so guessing that WP had been generating business to cash in on their ads.

What has the experience been like?
Absolutely love everything about it … sharing my thoughts and ideas, making some super diverse friendships, great discussions in the comments section and learn something new every day!

Have you learnt anything?
If I write from my heart people respond, it’s like they feel the sincerity … and others are up for a good discussion if approached politely!

Has your writing style changed?
For sure as I only really wrote poetry before … since starting I have regenerated my previous passion for photography and the digital world has made that more accessible and fun! Plus I’ve joined in the 99 word challenges over at Carrot Ranch and have made more friends there while flexing my writing skills.

Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?
Now have a few poems published on Spillwords but no plan to write a novel or publish.  Have threatened a few people that I’d write my autobiography ….

What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Be sincere, if you follow your heart you will attract followers. Read and comment, that’s an invite to visit you and reciprocate the kindness.

Some of the highlights – such as the people you’ve metthings you’ve learnt …
Those that have known me for a while would have noticed that I love to reblog posts or links that I think my followers would appreciate. I also have a passion to encourage and support newer talented bloggers. So sadly I am not reading as many dear friends as I’d like in order to ration my time and encourage others. But they are never forgotten and are often interviewed on my Meet the Bloggers blog.

Spillwords has kindly published another poem
… I was asked to answer my own questions …

28 comments

  1. Ohhh this is nice kate…i remembered our first exchange of comments was about some people hit the like button without even reading it..and we both agreed that’s not good at all..

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  2. I didn’t think about an on-line presence until I noticed how my father’s scrapbook was deteriorating with age. Being on a small budget, I wasn’t quite sure what to do about putting it on the internet. Blogging solved that problem and the site took on a life of its own after that.

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  3. It’s lovely to learn a little more about you, Kate, and your reasons for blogging. I agree with you about honesty and writing from the heart.
    Your poem ‘Slavery’ asked lots of questions and certainly made me think.
    Funny you say that WP is difficult. I find it easy. I was interested in what you said about the ads though, and I’m pleased you no longer have them on your site.
    So glad you popped on over to the Carrot Ranch – and stayed. 🙂
    It’s great to have met you in the blogosphere.

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    • lol trust you to take it literally Mr M .. thanks for joining in the fun 🙂
      … what about sharing a bit more of your history?
      Dare you to take a break from your political preoccupation!

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      • Sorry, Kate, but as an undercover political operative, I am sworn to secrecy. What’s more, if the opposition knew my true identity, my life wouldn’t be worth a blog pickle….er, a plug nickel. Or a bad penny. Or even an IOU.

        ICU later….assuming I don’t blow my (under)cover.

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  4. What a great blogging journey, Kate! I’m so glad you blog and we found each other! You are a dearheart friend!
    Wowza! I’d read your autobiography! 🙂
    You have added such depth, joy, fun, kindness, encouragement, wisdom, ETC to my life! Thank you mucho muchly!!!
    HUGS!!! ❤

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  5. Always write from your heart. Sometimes it is pure fiction, sometimes fiction from fact and then there is the occasional true life that spills on the page/screen. The idea of meeting folks from all over is like having pen-pals and not having to pay postage 😉

    You are correct that budgeting time for writing and reading isn’t always easy. We can only do our best and most of our f’blogging’ friends understand that.

    There will always be challenges, adventures, but most of all I have found support and encouragement. I am happy to have introduced other bloggers to prompts that I enjoy. So many prompts, not enough time. I have come to realize that writing what I enjoy to what inspires me is a key to my happiness.

    Continued success to you and all bloggers who enjoy this medium. Cheers, Jules

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