Q&A: The Truly Inspired Series

Hello all! Good morning from my end! This year’s A-to-Z challenge was my first year to participate and I didn’t have a particular theme in mind. I wanted to focus on positive words that will set the overall tone of a post which was a mix bag of “stream of consciousness”, flashback life events, historical accounts, and fun topic research. Many thanks for your fantastic engagement!

For those of you who are new to my blog, Rory at A Guy Called Bloke and K-9 Doodlepip! hosted “The Truly Inspired Series” where he interviews bloggers with a series of questions to explore the blogger’s motivations and writing tips they may share.

1] Blog Name

Culture Shocks

2] What is your blog’s specific genre?

Random musings from my life: photographs, research, books, food, poetry, stories

3] How old is your Blog?

It will be officially one year old this May 9th!

4] Why did you feel the need to start an actual blog?

My thoughts tend to stay in my head most of the time, so I wanted a medium where I get to explore my thoughts and experiences with other people and grow as a writer. I also wanted an online bulletin to explore my dreams and fantasies to inspire and motivate myself.

5] What age were you when you first started to write?

7 years old

6] Was it a natural process or did something or someone inspire you to put your first thoughts to paper?

Gooey Gus, the Slime Monster

It was February 12, 1995. I finished watching the last episode of Ghost Writer, a children’s TV series featuring a circle of friends from Brooklyn, NY who solves neighborhood crimes and mysteries. An invisible ghost helps the young detectives by manipulating text and letters it can find using them to form words and sentences to communicate clues. “Attack of the Slime Monster” was a 4-part series of the third final season.

I felt a little sad that the show came to an end, and I wanted to continue the story. So, I sat down in the dining room, and wrote a story about a jelly monster that lived in the sewer. It ate peanut butter sandwiches. My childhood friend edited my work, and the rest is history!

7] Would you say that your creativity flows easily or do you need to be motivated by an event or a moment in your life to trigger it?

I do think events in my life affect my creative flow. If nothing was going on in my own life, I would feel like my creativity would become stagnant. Yet, I often find inspiration in a variety of things other than events or moments.

8] How frequent or prolific are you with your writing and blogging?

Typically once every few days. More so if I’m engaged with a series. I enjoy reading other blogs in the community.

9] Is it just WordPress that your writing is displayed or other platforms as well?

Currently yes, just Word Press. I thought about writing on school newspapers or sending in some of my work to get published in a magazine, but something always stopped me. I guess I read what others have wrote and felt inspired and perhaps intimidated by such talent. Comparison is the thief of joy, apparently. It’s something I’ll work through! πŸ˜‰

10] Do you use social media to advertise and market your blog? If so which ones and how effective is it/are they?

No, though I’m exploring it right now. I’m on social media already, but I’m used to keeping various aspects of my life separate. I’m working on integrating these pieces. I use Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Good Reads, Facebook, Twitter. I’m not sure how effective it is yet.

11] Writers block we all get it at one point or another – if you do suffer from it, how do you tackle the problem?

  • Writing prompts give me ideas.
  • Photos help me begin a story.
  • I cut pictures that catch my attention and keep it in a scrapbook to inspire future posts as I’m randomly flipping through it
  • I write down random thoughts in a journal and find a way to organize it into a blog post later.
  • I watch an inspiring film or documentary, listen to thought-provoking music

12] Which is your preferred writing/creative style?

I love looking at a set of daily/weekly prompts for the day, gather pictures, and write stories.

13] What is the best thing about blogging in your eyes?

I feel like my authentic self. You can create your blog to be whatever it could be and share it with the blogging world. It’s wonderful to connect with so many people and be impacted by what they post.

14] What prompts you to write about a topic on the day that you post?

Sometimes, I follow other prompts that bloggers share and want to join the fun. Other times, I want to share a piece of my world.

15] What advice would you award new bloggers to help and encourage them promote their blog and engage with their audience?

  • Write regularly and consistently
  • Develop attractive or intriguing titles
  • Share visuals and pictures that works hand in hand with your content
  • Write shorter posts and share media
  • Show some personality. Humor is a plus!
  • Deliver awesome content and share them on other social media
  • Guest post on another blog to help your blog gain exposure

16] Do you have an overall blogging strategy or simply write because you enjoy writing?

I write because I enjoy the process of writing. If I enjoy the process, then I think my readers will enjoy the journey with me as well. I originally thought that I was going to write about professional materials but figured that this approach was going to get stale really quickly.

17] Do you feel it is important to have an engaging audience to the content that you write?

When I first started blogging last year, I didn’t really feel that it was too important because I felt like my content was almost like an online diary. My feelings about it has changed since then. Having an audience is very rewarding! I get ideas about what to write next time. Validation and interaction with you all feels wonderful.

18] If no one ever commented on your blog would this concern you, and if so how would you rectify the situation?

At first, it didn’t. As I continue blogging however, it did. A few ways to rectify my situations are:

  • An arch consisting of two weaknesses, which leaning on each other, become a strength. – Leonardo Da Vinci I join specific, supportive blogging challenges and communities where commenting on other bloggers’ posts is suggested and recommended
  • Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. – Oscar Wilde I imitate another blogger’s writing style that is getting plenty of comments and continue learning from other successful blogs
  • If you focus on change, you will get results. – Jack Dixon I change the way I deliver and organize my content that’s easier to read and have more fun interacting
  • Instead of following the trend that keeps changing and ending, be someone who defines it. – Nicko Shoid I add specific trending tags to my post to improve search engine optimization
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. I participate by commenting on other blogs and forming and developing a relationship with other bloggers. It’s easier to comment when you feel like there’s a bond.

19] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?

It depends! My content is across the spectrum. I still have drafts in my “creative box of inspiration” that I’m reformatting. Sometimes…

  • A post can take 1-5 minutes like my “One-Liner Wednesdays” or “Friday Follies“. Light, funny, and entertaining.
  • A post can take 1-2 hours like my “Book Reviews“. In depth, thorough, and thoughtful
  • A post can take a few weeks or even months like an “Awareness Post“. Emotionally charged and philosophical

20] Which do you think are your best 3 posts to date? Please link below so that our readers can see your style and take a step into your world.

I’ll share four posts that feature various styles. They are as follows:

21] Finally, what advice would you offer new writers to the blogging community?

I still feel fairly new at blogging, but here is one takeaway:

When you aim to help, inspire, educate, inform, offer resources, or make a difference in others bloggers’ lives, it helps your blog deliver value to your readers. Being your authentic self and sharing your story can help others in their own journeys.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you later!
Float along in blogging space with me as I continue to explore various worlds. πŸ™‚

27 Comments Add yours

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Just an awesome and interesting lady!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you for your wonderful compliment! Makes my day. πŸ˜€

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        You’re welcome!

  2. MrsWayfarer says:

    Happy anniversary to you!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you so much! I decided to celebrate. My friend’s sweet boyfriend made me an opera cake which was so delicious! πŸ™‚ ❀

  3. Winnie says:

    I’m liking you more! I enjoyed reading your answers. They are right on point. Your last photo is so cool! 😊❀️

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Aw! You’re very sweet! Thank you! I’ve learned so much this year blogging. πŸ™‚ ❀

  4. Sadje says:

    A great interview.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! I enjoyed answering Rory’s thought provoking questions.

      1. Sadje says:

        That’s wonderful.

  5. Mr. A says:

    Wow, great answers!
    Happy anniversary theresaly!
    Cheers to you… 🍸

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I had a fabulous opera cake to munch on. πŸ™‚

      1. Mr. A says:

        Enjoy! You deserve it! =)

  6. sx8286 says:

    Thank you for this conversation

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Hello! Thank you for stopping by. I hope it will be useful to you! πŸ™‚

  7. Kamran says:

    Loved this. An amazing read! πŸ‘Œ

  8. iScriblr says:

    Happy happy happy anniversary! Wish you many more years of creativity and success!❀️❀️

    PS – I loved your answers!❀️❀️

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you so much Richa! It feels wonderful for me to make it this far (even nicer while eating some opera cake that a friend made for me)! πŸ˜‰ ❀ ❀

  9. Sa, it’s been such a joy getting to know you and interact with you! 😊 Your creative, joyful, warm hearted energy so contagious and truly inspiring! I always look forward to it your posts and our conversations in the comments! ❀️

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Aw, thank you for your heart felt compliments! I’m glad to have “met” you here on WP, Jenna! Likewise, I enjoy reading your posts! ❀

      1. 😁 As my grandpa likes to say, “the feeling is mutual” πŸ’–

  10. iidorun says:

    Happy blog-iversary! Congrats on this milestone – you’ve accomplished so much in this one year. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you so much!😊 I learned so much and connected with amazing writers around the worldπŸ’–

  11. Hey Sa,

    I didn’t see this l guess ping backs are still not working properly in WP, having had a few problems my self…

    The Truly inspired series is a service l offer bloggers, as in l write up the interview myself and then promote it – however glad you enjoyed it.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I think your comments section was closed, but yes I enjoyed it nevertheless πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ’«

  12. theresaly520 says:

    Thank you so much!πŸ™‚πŸ’«

  13. keshavsoni1 says:

    Please check out my blog too I have also written 3 to 4 poems
    Thank you

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