-Time for the second guest post here! This time, let's welcome the woman behind Scribble Sparkle Shine blog. Get to know her below:
I’m Gem, a recently turned thirty writer from North Lincolnshire, UK. I blog on
www.scribblesparkleshine.com about all sorts of things. I’m a mummy to two lhasa apsos and one cat. No real kids as of yet but perhaps one day. I fill my time with writing, blogging, reading, travelling up and down to London to see the other half and my favourite pastime – people watching!
Why Scibble Sparkle Shine?
My name’s Gem – so that’s the sparkle and shine part, and I love to scribble about oh, anything and everything. When I made the decision to grow my blog I wanted a name that represented me, I put out a range of names playing on the scribble and shiny aspects to my best friends and they chose it.
What can you expect from my blog?
It's a work in progress at the moment. I’m still undecided exactly what my focus is. I love to write fiction, I’m currently working on a historical fiction novel so there will be snippets from that once it is finished. I also enjoy reading, knitting, travelling, poetry, music and drinking tea. You can find posts about all of those on there. I’m really into tea at the moment so expect lots more posts about various blends.
Why did I start blogging?
Good question, I don’t really have an answer. Ever since I had the internet (cranky old dial up with AOL – remember that?) I've always been involved with something or other, chat rooms, forums, yahoo websites, one day I decided to set up a wordpress.com site as it seemed the world was doing it and it just grew from there. Once I realized people were enjoying reading what I wrote I realized it could become something bigger and better so I made the move from my humble beginnings, to a elf hosted Wordpress site.
What do you enjoy about blogging?
I enjoy receiving feedback from my readers, please do be sure to tell me what you like and what you would like to see more of. Since I’ve been serious about blogging I have learnt lots of new skills, including codes, installing plug-ins, graphic design and search engine optimization. It is a constant learning curve and I love it. Because I’m constantly noting things down to blog about I feel as though I’m always working which can get tiring. When I visited the Lake District earlier this year and one of the shop owners gave me a huge hug and cried “I love your blog” I realized it was all worth it.
What’s the hardest thing?
The hardest thing is realising that with a personal blog, you are putting yourself out there and it can make you a bit vulnerable. Not that I put my address, location etc. and nor should you, but I have experienced problems with bullying and harassment, or as it is known online “trolling”. In this case it is from my partner’s ex who seems hell-bent on trying to make my life a misery. It made me very wary of posting new content for a while but when she started tweeting me or e-mailing me directly I figured she would do it anyway so I may as well blog to my heart’s content.
I’ll be doing lots of work in the coming months to make the blog clearer, more concise and hopefully help it to bloom. I’d love to hear any suggestions and welcome guest posts.
-Thank You, Gem!
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