His blog is here: https://shinyobjectssite.wordpress.com/
Q. Can You tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I’m a 22 year old American who just graduated from college with a degree in Microbiology. I’m currently seeking a job in environmental science with a focus on conservation, and it is this precarious moment in life that informs a lot of my writing. My blog is mainly a place for me to share my creative writing hobby, and most of that writing is inspired by what’s going on in my head and in my life. Depression and mental illness in general has become a large part of my identity, and that, along with my romantic struggles and uncertainty regarding my path in life, lends itself as a topic for my writing.
Q. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog in 2016 when I found an old jump drive with some writing that I did in high school on it. I read the writing, and thought it would be a shame if I was the only one that ever got to read it, so I wanted to put it online somewhere. So, I made the blog, posted several pieces on it that one day, and never touched it again until February of this year (I got a grand total of 0 views in the interim). It was during this spring semester that I took a Creative Writing elective at my university, so I was producing more writing that I wanted to be shared. At first, I was only posting once every two weeks or so, but then I decided to do the April 30 for 30 poetry challenge with a friend, so I tried to post every day during the month of April – and was largely successful!
Q. How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
Since the 30 for 30 challenge ended, I’ve been posting at a somewhat less prolific rate, but I still try to get four or five posts in a week. My posting schedule varies wildly depending on how busy I am. I try to update my followers on what’s going on in my life, since I think I’m at a pretty unique and interesting stage of life (that is, just beginning full-fledged adulthood). That means any time I get an update on what’s changing in my life (job offers, etc.) I share with my followers. I did an update every day a week or so ago when I went to this really interesting Plant Biosecurity workshop because I thought it was really cool and wanted to share some of what I learned with my followers, and that got a much better response than I expected!
Q. What do you do in your spare time?
These days, my spare time is spent mostly applying to jobs, since I am desperately trying to avoid moving back in with my parents. If I’m not doing that, I’m either at the gym, out in the woods, or hanging out with friends – after all, I’m not going to get to see them much after we all get jobs and move away!
Q. Would you encourage other people to start their blog?
I would absolutely encourage other people to start their blog! It’s an amazing creative outlet for me at least, and it’s played a big role in encouraging me to grow as a writer by branching out and writing more often. Some of my favorite pieces that I’ve written wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t started my blog.
Q. Is Blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Blogging is just a hobby for me, but one that’s a great creative outlet for me and one that helps me work through a lot of my personal problems.
Q. What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Engaging with the WordPress community. There are some awesome bloggers out there, and going out and reading other peoples’ blogs, leaving comments, likes or follows, often gets them to reciprocate and check out your blog too. I now have several “Wordpress friends” who I only ever interact with in the comments section, but I think they’re really cool and I love reading their writing and hearing what they think of mine!
Q. Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
Honestly, I just want to keep my blog running. I’ve only been actively blogging for a few months now, and I don’t want to let that end because life gets in the way or I lose motivation! It may not be realistic for me to post five times a week, but two or three isn’t too much to ask, and I’d like to just stick with it.a
thanks dude for your time.