Inspire Me – Rhyming With Wine

 

I’m so excited to welcome Dawn from Rhyming With Wine as a guest on the Inspire Me series!

 

Rhyming with Wine

 

As soon as our Inspire Me series was born, I knew Dawn HAD to be in it. I remember as if it was yesterday when I first came across the Rhyming With Wine blog. I hooted with laughter at my desk (at work – opps!) and with can’t-stop-laughing tears streaming down my face, immediately called my mum to tell her that she had to read Dawn’s rhymes. Because this lady just gets. It. All. I am so honoured to call this lovely blogger a friend and life simply wouldn’t be the same without her hilarious and moving rhymes. I can’t wait to share this insight into Rhyming With Wine with you all. Thanks Dawn!

 

 

Inspire Me Rhyming With Wine

Quick fire questions are so much fun but can also tell us so much about how someone thinks. Let’s see how Dawn got on.

 

  • Tea or Coffee? Tea.
  • Cake or Biscuits? As if that’s a question? CAKE! 
  • Cats or Dogs? Dogs (Although we have a cat.  I’m not good at quick-fire am I?).
  • Lefty or Righty? Righty.
  • Early bird or Night owl? Early bird.
  • Facebook or Twitter? Twitter.
  • Blogger, Vlogger or both? Blogger.
  • Beach hut or Log cabin? Log cabin.
  • Unicorns of Mermaids? Unicorns.

 

It’s no secret that Dawn and I share a love for tea and cakes!

 

Rhyming with Wine

 

1. How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to give it a go?

I started blogging in August 2015 having been slightly obsessed with reading other parent blogs by brilliant writers like Hurrah for Gin and Brummy Mummy of 2.  I had always had a thing for writing poems for birthdays and occasions, and I thought it might be something a bit different to start a blog in rhyme.

 

 

2. Think back to when you first started blogging, what if anything has changed the most?

My confidence has increased massively.  Not just in my writing but in life in general.  I no longer panic when I hit publish as I know that I have a brilliant network of supportive bloggers out there that have got my back and will very kindly humour me with nice words and virtual cake, even if what I’ve written is actually a bit pants!

 

 

3. Are you a pen and paper or straight to the screen type of writer?

I generally type all of my rhymes onto a memo on my phone. Once it’s complete I upload it to WordPress.  There tends to be a lot of deleting and moving around of lines with my poems and so I need to be able to cut and paste.  I have tried with a notepad a couple of times but there ends up being more crossing out and arrows than actual words.

 

 

4. Where and when do you do most of your writing?

I’m very lucky in that I can write most of my posts one line at a time.  Poems do take a long time to pull together and it can take me a week to finish one.  I can be loading the dishwasher and chanting away to myself and then a rhyme will just pop into my head so I will add it to my memo.  My posts are very much a work in progress.

 

 

5. How often do you write and what type of things inspire your blog posts?

I tend to post a rhyme once a week.  Any more than this just wouldn’t work for me as they can take such a long time to construct.  Anything and everything inspires me to write, although it’s generally the children and their crazy antics that motivate me.  I’ll have a list of titles in my phone, and then all of a sudden a rhyme will come to me for one of those subjects and I’m away!

 

 

6. Have you ever had a major case of writers block, if so, how did you overcome it?

All. The. Time.  In fact I’m having one right now.  I have five or six titles in my phone but my “inspirational” starting rhyme hasn’t come to me yet for any of them.  Usually when this happens the kids will do something or we will go somewhere and a whole new rhyme will come to me that is nothing like I had planned.  Every time I complete a rhyme I think to myself “That’s it.  There cannot be anything else left to rhyme about?”  But then something always seems to come to me.

 

 

7. Complete one or both of the following sentences. A) Bloggers rock because… B) I am a super blogger because…

Bloggers rock because… of the incredible blogging community.  I have never come across an unfriendly or unhelpful blogger.  We all genuinely support each other and want each other to do well.  There is always someone waiting in my phone or my laptop with some friendly words and a big bloghug and it’s amazing!  It feels like a secret world and I’m honoured to be considered a part of it.

 

 

8. Name 3 bloggers who inspire you?

Ooh so many!  This is tough, but OK:

Agent Spitback – I adore the way that El writes and she always shares such cleverly written posts filled with tongue in cheek humour and a subtle moral message.

Lucy – This Mums Life – I just get Lucy.  I feel like she is absolutely on my wave length and I could ramble on with her all day.  Her two children are around the same age as mine and so we fight a lot of the same battles where the tiny people are concerned.  She just captures it all in a way that I could only dream of!

Our very own Annette – (Yes sorry Annette – you might blush whilst publishing this but you!)   Annette just personifies happiness to me.  I chat online with her nearly every day and she is always 100% positive.  She goes out there and pushes herself to grab new opportunities and doesn’t wait for success to come to her.  She works hard and searches for it, then grabs it with both hands.  She truly deserves all of her brilliant achievements.

 

 

9. What is the best piece of blogging advice that you have been given?

I’ve had so much advice from fantastic bloggers over the months, from how to design my header and logo (I use Picmonkey) to how to schedule tweets.  I also picked up a lot from attending Blogfest 2016.  The most resounding piece of advice that came from the sessions there for me was “find your voice”.  I already know that my niche is the rhyming.  My voice is still a work in progress but I can see my blog developing and evolving as my voice gets louder.

 

 

10. Share your own top blogging tip, advice or quote.

I know that we’ve all heard it before but “Be yourself”.  I think that people warm to you if you share a little bit of your heart in your posts.  It’s tempting to try and copy the style of someone that you admire, but there is room in blogworld for all of us so it’s better to be you.  You’ll be good at it!

 

 

 

Just for fun, this is me!

 

Rhyming with Wine

 

You can read more from Dawn by visiting Rhyming With Wine and following her on twitter, instagram and facebook.

 

 

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The Inspire Me guest series will be running over the coming weeks. It will be featuring some of my favourite bloggers. From the queen bee’s themselves, to the much newer bloggers on the scene.  All have that elusive something that you can’t quite put your finger on that makes them stand out from the crowd, as well as being key inspirers.

 

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72 Comments

  1. May 21, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Thank you so so much for featuring me Annette and for your gorgeous intro which totally made me blush – and smile! It’s a privilege to be showcased with the brilliantly inspirational bloggers that have appeared on your series so far! I can’t wait to see who you have next! Dx

  2. May 23, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Picmonkey is my absolute favorite! #DreamTeam

  3. May 23, 2017 / 7:08 am

    What a lovely series and what a great insight. There’s obviously a lot of love between you two! Completely agree about the blogging community. They are lovely.

    • May 28, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      I’ve honestly found nothing but loveky friendly people in Blogland. It’s what makes it so addictive isn’t it? Thanks lovely x

  4. May 23, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Lovely getting to know you a bit better Dawn, I love reading you rhymes #DreamTeam

  5. May 23, 2017 / 9:10 am

    A great read and I love the drawing at the end. Its always interesting to know about other bloggers and how they write. #DreamTeam

    • May 28, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      I was seriously considering blaming my 4 year old for the drawing but to be honest she would be offended haha. I’m definitely not artistic! Thank you Kate x

  6. May 23, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Yes I have found blogging to help with confidence and learn about yourself X #dreamteam

    • May 28, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      It’s amazing how much it can help to build confidence isn’t it? Not just in blogging but in our “real lives” too. x

  7. May 23, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I LOVE this series. Especially the quick fire questions. #DreamTeam

    • May 28, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      It’s such a fab series isn’t it? I was thrilled to join in! x

  8. May 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    This is lovely and such great rhymes. I love the swearing and getting rid of frustration in her poetry. You always feel a little lighter after reading them. #DreamTeam

    • May 28, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Haha I’m always happy to throw in a swear if it helps. 😉 Thank you lovely x

  9. May 23, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I love this series and I’m a massive fan of Dawns blog! Her posts always have me laughing so it’s great to find out a little bit more about her #dreamteam

  10. May 23, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    It’s always lovely to shine a spotlight on another blogger (; #

  11. May 23, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    I absolutely love Dawn’s blog! She just had to be here. I wish i could rhyme like that. Somedays I struggle to think of the work for ‘milk’ so I really don’t know how she manages to produce amazing rhyme after amazing rhyme.
    #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      I struggle to remember my own name sometimes Kirsty. I think that the repetitive nature of rhyming is my way of trying to remember all the things haha. Thanks so much for such a gorgeous comment xx

  12. May 23, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Dawn’s blog is brilliant! We work in a very similar way in that I have working drafts saved on my phone and just add to them as and when inspiration strikes. It’s always great to have a little insight into other bloggers! #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Aw thank you Lucy! I would literally be lost without my drafts section of my phone. *runs off to find out how to back-up* 😉 x

  13. May 23, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Aww yay lovely Dawn! Ha ha tea or cake? I think we ALL know the answer to that! It’s so interesting to see how other bloggers work (and how those amazing rhymes come together!). I’m a pencil and notebook girl myself. Lovely read x #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      I love love love pencil and notebook. In fact more than cake (and we all know that that is a whole lotta loving!) I’m just not very efficient at drafting rhymes and the crossing out hurts the stationery lover in me hehe. Thank you lovely Charlie xx

  14. May 23, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Dawn is an inspiration! I love her blog and this is a great idea to meet people behind the blog. #Dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Wow thank you so much that’s so lovely of you to say. :0) xx

  15. May 23, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Love the sketch at the end! Wipes instead of hands. YES!

    #dreamteam

  16. May 23, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I live this bl G and the rhymes. I’ve just discovered picmonkey and need to use it now #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you Chloe! Picmonkey is amazing! Hope you have fun with it x

  17. May 23, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    My mummy also shares a lot with Dawn! Her name is Dawn and she loves Tea, Cake and Unicorns too! She also likes rhyming but isn’t as good as her! Great series x We’d love *cough* I mean I’d love to be featured as a toddler on it 😉 Stay safe x #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Your mummy and I would get on like a house on fire I just know it! Hope we get to read all about you both as part of this series too! 😉 x

  18. May 23, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Haha that self-portrait is genius! I particularly enjoyed the wipes for hands 😀 #dreamteam xx

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      I have no use for actual hands anymore. Just wipes. Always wipes… 😉 Thanks lovely x

  19. May 23, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Lovely to read a bit more about you Dawn, your blog is fab and so are your rhymes x
    #DreamTeam

  20. May 23, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Three words… WE LOVE DAWN! xx
    #dreamteam

  21. May 23, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I’m so glad that you found your voice, because I LOVE IT!!! I can always count on your writing to entertain me line by line!! And I don’t need wine!
    Hey…See what I just did there?
    Yeah, you’ve got no competition here!
    This series is AWESOME!!!
    #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Heather my lovely you’re truly a star and a fabulous rhymer you blimmin well are. I’m thrilled that my rhymes put a grin on your face, and you’ll always find virtual cake at my place! *blows kiss* xx

  22. May 23, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    It’s great to find out more about you Dawn, I love your blog and rhymes they are great! I’m new to blogging this year but I have to agree that everyone is really friendly and helpful, a lovely community! #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      It’s so addictive isn’t it! I found that it snowballed really quickly into a full on obsession within my first few months of blogging. Love your work too Lisa – thank you x

  23. May 24, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Lovely hearing advice for such s wonderful, talented blogger! Made me feel better that she only publishes once a week too!
    #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      I think my brain would explode if I tried to rhyme any more that once a week. I already find myself wandering around chanting rhymes in rather an odd fashion as it is haha. Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment Liz! x

  24. May 24, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Love this interview! Very inspiring. It is always nice to see the other side of blogging & bloggers. Great tips for – being yourself. #DreamTeam Thank you for hosting. x

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      It’s a brilliant series isn’t it? I’m so thrilled to be included. Thanks very much Su x

  25. May 24, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Great interview. Dawn’s rhyming is so fantastic, and the subjects are always so real. Love love love her blog.
    #dreamteam

  26. May 24, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Popping in from #bloggerclubuk because I am a stalker

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Hahahaha. If I’d known I’d have had the kettle on! 😉 x

  27. May 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I’m so nosey so these series really interest me! Love Rhyming with Wine though think maybe Chorousing with Cake could have been a great title for your blog Dawn!! You always make me giggle xx #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Chorousing with cake? Why didn’t I think of that? You my friend, are a genius! Thanks lovely x

  28. May 24, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Great to find out more. I love poetry and have several poems that I have written at various times in my life to try to make sense of the world. Lovely to hear about the story behind the blog #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about poems helping you to make sense of the world. There is something cathartic in committing something to rhyme isn’t there? Thank you lovely x

  29. May 25, 2017 / 6:26 am

    Great post! I do love her rhyming; it brings a smile to my face.
    #DreamTeam

  30. May 25, 2017 / 11:24 am

    This is great! I love Dawn’s blog a bit more than cake (which is crazy, I know!). It’s lovely to get a bit more of an insight into how she works – thank you for sharing #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Oh you doooo? Wow I am highly honoured lovely. I know that that is a serious compliment for cake lovers such as you and I! Thanks v muchly xx

  31. May 25, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I love this! And Dawn’s blog is so great! I love it *almost* as much as wine. #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Almost is very much good enough for me lovely haha. Thank you! 😉 x

  32. May 26, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I always have lots of laugh when I read her posts! she is awesome:)
    #DreamTeam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Aww thank you very muchly! Always lovely to know that I’ve shared a giggle x

  33. May 26, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I love Dawn, her rhymes always make me smile, I wish I was as talented as her! #dreamteam

  34. May 28, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I love Dawn’s rhymes. They have the ability to change a frown upside down. x #DreamTeam

  35. May 28, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love this and the series idea! Bravo to you both. It is really so much fun to learn about everyone, the hows and whys, etc. #DreamTeam <3 xoxo

  36. May 29, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Dawn, I love your stuff. You always have me chuckling and im super jealous of your skills to put a rhyme together! Im also a dog person who has cats hahah! #dreamteam

    • May 29, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      How have we ended up with cats? They really are evil geniuses aren’t they? 😉 Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment hon xx

  37. May 30, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Sucg a great blog series. I love Dawns blog and think she is a lyrical genius #dreamteam

  38. June 1, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    This is a really lovely post #DreamTeam

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