I’m so excited to welcome Dawn from Rhyming With Wine as a guest on the Inspire Me series!
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!
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.
It’s no secret that Dawn and I share a love for tea and cakes!
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!
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.