Tracey is a new(ish) blogger of under a year, but you would never guess it from her conversational style of writing. There’s something for everyone over on The Desperate Housewife, and it’s those thought provoking family posts that I especially love. She really has the knack of making you think about your own family and where your views fit after reading one of her posts. I’m so happy to have been able to have her as a guest in this series. Introducing Tracey….
Quick fire questions are so much fun but can also tell us so much about how someone thinks. Let’s see how Tracey got on.
1. How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to give it a go?
I have been blogging for about nine months now. I started because as a stay-at-home mum I was getting frustrated and bored with being at home so much. I think I was having a bit of an identity crisis and needed to do something for myself that wasn’t just about taking care of children. So I decided to start writing my thoughts down. My husband was brilliant and helped me (a lot!) with starting up my own website. I can never thank him enough for that.
2. Think back to when you first started blogging, what if anything has changed the most?
The thing that has changed the most for me is that I have learned so much about how to construct a post, edit it, choose pictures etc. It really is a learning curve but the more you do it the easier it all gets. I have also learned so much about social media and connecting with people. I was so slow to begin with but I am getting better all the time!
3. Are you a pen and paper or straight to the screen type of writer?
I am definitely a straight to screen gal but I do have a pen and paper always at hand on my desk in case I come up with an idea for something to write so that I can jot it down for later. I also love post-its. You will find them stuck all over my computer!
4. Where and when do you do most of your writing?
I do most of my writing over the weekend because my hubby normally takes our two girls off my hands for a couple of hours to give me some free time. Otherwise you will find me sitting at my computer at night typing after I have the two ducklings tucked up in bed.
5. How often do you write and what type of things inspire your blog posts?
I normally post one article a week (if I can manage it!) and my posts normally surround life as a mum. I also like to write about relationships whenever I feel inspired.
6. Have you ever had a major case of writers block, if so, how did you overcome it?
I have definitely had writer’s block before and when it happens I do one of two things – (1) if it’s simply a case that I feel a bit frazzled or fogged up in my head I will go for a run. I stick my ear phones on and focus on the music. That and all the fresh air normally manages to clear my head. Sometimes if there is too much going on in your head it is simply a case of needing to organise or re-arrange your thoughts. (2) But if it is worse than that and I feel like I don’t have a single thought or idea, that my mind has gone completely blank, then I walk away from the computer for a few days. More if necessary. Normally a complete break can help to cure it.
7. Complete one or both of the following sentences. A) Bloggers rock because… B) I am a super blogger because…
Bloggers rock because they are creative, inspiring and brave people who are ready to share a part of their lives with you. They help broaden your mind and show you things you may otherwise not have known. I have learned so much from bloggers. They are a wonderful community who can fast become your friends!
8. Name 3 bloggers who inspire you?
Helen from TwinsTantrumsAndColdCoffee for her awe-inspiring humour and honesty, Kelly from Daydreamer Mum again for her endearing honesty and Kate from TheMumConundrum for making me laugh so much at times that I have actually spat tea out of my mouth!
9. What is the best piece of blogging advice that you have been given?
I think the best piece of blogging advice that I have been given is to Share, Share, Share! Do not be afraid to get out there and share your work on social media. It is amazing how many people you will connect with when you do!
10. Share your own top blogging tip, advice or quote.
My best blogging tip is write your own truth. Always write about something that really means something to you, that is when you will create your best results!
The Inspire Me guest series features 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! Here are some of my latest interviews… enjoy!
An interview with Endastories
An interview with Craft With Cartwright
An interview with Winnettes
An interview with Battlemum