What inspires me to write a blog? Well when I started my first blog it was partly for practical reasons. I’d been asked to maintain a blog as part of some volunteer work I was doing and as I didn’t know much about it I thought that I should practice on one of my own rather than risk messing up someone else’s. At around the same time I started using Facebook and my sister-in-law commented that I ought to start a blog. So I did.
I’d read that it was best to write about a subject that you know and like. I started Dolls Dolls Dolls which I now share with my sister Naomi because I wanted a way to share my enjoyment of my hobby with others. I enjoy photography and I like taking photos of my dolls but I also wanted to share experiences and information with like-minded people. I suppose you could say I wanted to educate new collectors but in a fun way.
Our Other Blog was started because I found that after a couple of months doing the doll blog I wanted to write off topic as well. I had photographs I wanted to share and places I wanted to describe.
Sometimes it is a little harder to find inspiration to do this regularly because I wouldn’t say I live a very exciting life. Some weeks I don’t leave home except to go to the Op Shop but the various writing and photo challenges are always there and I enjoy them. I don’t participate in every prompt. If the word gives me an idea it’s pretty easy for me to write 500 words on it. If it doesn’t inspire me I leave it alone. When I do travel I try to take notes although I’m not always regular about doing this.
Things that inspire me to write or take photos:
- Politics (but not too often)
- TV and Movies
- Things that annoy me (but not too often I hope)
My other main inspiration comes from reading the work of other bloggers. Often a post or even a comment from a fellow blogger will send me on a train of thought that I know I can’t do justice to in a comment so it becomes a post.
When I began blogging I wondered if I would have the motivation to post regularly. Five years on inspiration has not deserted me yet.