12 Essential Questions Answered in Behind-the-Scenes Blogging Tag

I came across this brilliant tag whilst reading some posts on The Inky Tavern blog which is run by my dear blogging buddy Desiree B. A massive Sunday shout out to you, lovely lady.

Captivated by the insight into another blogger’s way of doing things, I thought I’d add my own answers to the mix.

If you are a blogger in your own right, you can carry on with this tag by answering the 12 questions below and ‘tagging’ me or another blogger in your corresponding post.

Please tag me if this post has inspired you. I would love to find out about how things are working in your blogging world.

Maybe I can learn something from your blogging habits?

Question 1: Where do you blog?

It depends. Those of you who read me regularly will have caught on to the fact that I tend to try and offer a variety of different types of posts, from longer standard posts to quotes, videos and other formats available. Longer posts are always, always, always written at home. I like to plug a full-size keyboard into my laptop for writing. This way I can type the fastest. Quotes are often posted ad hoc and on the go. I have posted quotes from cafes, trains, friend’s houses. The sky’s the limit.   

Question 2: Where do you find inspiration for your posts?

My mind is a deep, dark pit of crazy ideas. Most ideas that come to mind never make into tangible form…for good reason. I am very visual and tend to get inspired through images, films, adverts, exhibitions. I often can’t explain the exact connection between my ideas and their triggers. Sometimes, I find inspiration in other people’s blog posts. This bookshelf tag is a good example of such an incident. Other times, I write one blog post and whilst explaining a particular thing a related issue to blog about comes to mind which I can then morph into a separate post at a later date.

Question 3: How long does it take you to write a blog post?

Considering that I like to keep my blogging tone conversational, and close to the way in which I speak, I rarely take more than 30 minutes to get a blog post down. My standard posts tend to be 400-600 words long so it’s not a massive challenge. I then tend to take a good 20 minutes for editing and careful proofreading (although little typos usually manage to slip past me).

Question 4: Do you plan your blog posts? How?

With a massive creative storm raging inside my head at all times, I don’t always plan my blog posts in advance. However, I do have system for keeping track of good ideas when they hit me via an excel spreadsheet where I record what blog posts I publish when and what they’re about. This helps me avoid posting similar blog posts too close together. This helps to keep things varied and hopefully interesting for my readers.

Question 5: What kind of camera do you use?

Ok, this is where I make a confession: although I have a Masters Degree in Fine Art Photography and am in possession of a number of vintage film cameras and one digital Canon SLR with an £800 lens, I hardly actually take my own pictures for my blog. This is mainly due to the fact that I am writing fiction and blog alongside a full-time office job and it is important to me that my time is protected for writing. If  I take pictures these days, I usually do this via instagram (let me duck down to avoid the rotten tomatoes you’re all throwing at me right now) from my Samsung S4…old, I know, I know.

Question 6: What editing programmes do you use?

Photoshop…if any.

Question 7: Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?

Not for blogging. I do handwrite notes for my fiction ideas but when it comes to blogging everything is digital. As I said earlier, I have a vigorous love affair with excel spreadsheets. Go figure.

Question 8: Do you take your pictures?

Another big, fat no. I use royalty free stock photos – mainly from wiki commons. God bless CC-BY licenses.

Question 9: What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?

This is really easy. I love, love, love writing my standard posts featuring advice for other fiction writers because it allows me to write about lessons I have learned (often the hard way). I feel good helping people and have greatly benefited from other fiction authors doing the same on their blog. It’s my way of giving back to the community that has made me a better writer.

Question 10:Who knows about your blog?

At least roughly 150 visitors from 18 countries who have enjoyed my blog since its inception in late May 2016. I write under a pen name. My writer persona is a welcome escape from my often very insecure self and I was reluctant at first to tell my friends and family about this venture. I guess, I wasn’t sure whether I would be good enough at blogging to attract anybody’s interest and build readership. Keeping the blog to myself was my way of not looking like the local court jester if things went south. However, I have gained heaps of confidence over the last three months and was extremely humbled by all of the support I have had from all of you who read, like and comment on my content. I feel proud to be one of you. At the time of writing this, my partner and his family, my sister and some select colleagues at work are aware of this blog. Some of them are following! 😀

Question 11: Are you an organised or messy blogger?

I am an organised blogger and a messy fiction writer. Not sure how that happened. I am committed to 2-3 blog posts per week and allocate time to write and publish these posts on specific weekdays (usually Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday). I sometimes miss Tuesday because that’s when work tends to be super busy but I always try to be consistent with my posts.

Question 12: Biggest blogging pet peeve?

Missing words. I hate when my brain let’s me read what I think my text says instead of what it actually says. Often, I don’t catch missing words (‘it’, ‘and’, ‘the’) until several days after publication when I have forgotten the exact wording and can suddenly spot where words are missing. It’s really annoying but I am only human (at least for the time being). My redeeming quality: I always go back and edit if I catch a missing word in my posts.


Feeling inspired to give this tag a go? Be my guest! Oh and remember to link back to this post so that I can keep up with what you’re up to. 

Image Attribution:By Géraldine Bonneau English: Fred Bonneau (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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