Welcome to the Blogger Spotlight Interview. This week we have Richard from Amused and Bemused taking part in the Blogger Spotlight interview.
If you would like to take part, and your blog is under six months old, or has been re-launched in the last six months, please email me email@example.com
1 Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Richard Mackay, 47, father of two crazy kids, married to a fantastic girl. I still can’t quite get my head around why she loves me, but she does and I her.
I am going through a period of mental illness, so work is off the cards for a while and really want to be blogging, writing freelance. Also have three ill-disciplined dogs, one of them is Troy, a blue roan Cocker spaniel who is just about the daftest and funniest dogs I have met.
I live near Witney, Oxfordshire and have done for about 20 years after moving down from Scotland. I’ve served my mission well in disrupting the gene pool.
2 What is your blog’s name and what is it about?
My blog is Amused and Bemused, which is a story of me walking among them. It is a blog of many things but the main subject I write about is my struggle with mental health.
3 Why did you decide to start a blog? I want to write about my journey in life, my experiences and blogging about my illness is therapeutic and cathartic. I also would like to be a professional blogger, a new career direction.
4 Do you have any goals for your blog? I want to help people through my story, let others know they are not alone and share experiences and techniques with my readers. I would like my blog to be read by a large and varied audience with great interaction, a community laughing while supporting each other.
5 Tell us one random fact about you
I’m a pipe band snare drummer and have placed in world championships.
6 What is the best piece of blog related advice you have received so far?
Find your niche, find your tribe and write in your own voice. It works for me, although I do have a voice for newspapers.
7 What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The cathartic nature of putting your life on the page, as well as the freedom it brings. Quite liberating in many ways.
8 Is there anything you would do differently if you were starting over knowing what you know now? I’m only 6 weeks in but I’d make sure that I get the social media & sharing options sorted earlier, tags and SEO. At the moment, I have a free blog but will move to a paying version at some point to have more control over the SEO and advertising.
9 Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thanks for linking up in this way and helping out a newbie. Very much appreciated. Also, I love coffee and I’m a little bit of a coffee snob. Currently drinking a lovely Ethiopian roast from a few miles down the road.
10 Where can we find you? (blog link and links to any social media)
G+: Richard Mackay / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again, Debbie.