Last week, Bruce Goodman of Weave a Web tagged me for the Blogger Interview! Bruce writes a story a day, a poem a month and a piece of music not quite often enough. It has taken me all week to get to this. I am hoping to write another post tomorrow. We’ll see. In the meantime:
How did you get into blogging?
It was a perfectly awful time. I was laid off from a job. I knew I had some time on my hands and I liked the idea of writing. I have published articles, for instance, on LiDAR, and short stories as well as poems, but had given up on my novel and felt I would have some creative energy to spare. I had been writing press releases and web site articles on the Plot Against Hunger, but I thought I could do more and had been intrigued by blogging. So I started the blog, with its current topics and categories. Last year I added crafts, when I started sewing little felt things.
What advice would you give a blogger just starting out?
I would ask about intent. The bloggers you hear about are often quite nasty mendacious people feeding on negativity. The ones I have encountered are people I would love to be able to meet! Watch out you folks in Canada, UK, France and New Zealand! If I travel out of the country again I’ll be trying to see if you’re close to my itinerary (or adding you to it!). I met some fellow bloggers last spring and it was truly wonderful, so naturally, I’d like to meet more (and here in the States it’s easier). Anyway, the advice would be, do you want to become really well-known or do you want to have a group of wonderful folks to have exchanges with? The other thing is focus the blog. It’s best not to be all over the place. So while you can do like Bruce and write short stories, poems and music, that’s focused on the arts. Have a theme, so to speak, and stick to it. Given my inclinations, it has sometimes been hard not to hare off on some strange tangent. I’ve stifled myself. The other bit of advice would be to blog regularly. That can be whatever your schedule allows. I do once a week, but imagine I will do more once I am able to retire. Finally, before you start, have several blogs written already. This will help if life gets in the way of your schedule!
What would be your dream campaign?
I’m not sure what this means. An advertiser asking to show up on my pages? A way to get more readers? I am probably just totally ignorant and uncool, but that’s okay with me. Anyone who wants to fill me in on what this means, I’ll be happy to learn about it.
Do you have a plan for your blog?
I plan to enjoy it!! When I started, it was about Plot Against Hunger, gardens, gardening, and a traffic and transport category (if you lived in the DC metro area, you would understand that, but I haven’t written much about it). I’ve since added crafts and once I retire in a few years, I may add fiction, essays, or poetry. It’s something I’m thinking about. Right now, though, it ticks along, even though an old friend mentioned too many pictures of root vegetables. Hmmm. Everybody doesn’t find those interesting???
What do you think about rankings?
Golly, no clue. Are the blogs ranked???? I love my stats page though. It shows countries of visitors, their numbers, views, and other cool things. Several of my posts have had continual hits over four years and others help me trace the arrival of spring across the globe because they are practical advice about container gardening, straw bale gardening, or building a trellis from twigs or bamboo and other such things.
I realize I am supposed to tag some other people with this, but I am very sloppy with awards, so I may tag people later or not at all. Up next is possibly Ramblings on Readings, inspired by the Contented Crafter. We’ll see what the garden holds on the morrow!