I have been playing with the idea of introducing fellow bloggers through my blog. This gives me an opportunity to get to know some of you and it also gives you an opportunity to read about some others in this Word Press family. I ran this idea by Belinda and she willingly offered to be the first cab off the rank. If anyone else would like to be included in this, please email me and I’ll send you out the questions.
Belinda is originally from South Africa and is currently residing in the U.K. She is a mother, wife and an extremely talented artist who sells her prints online. She also writes terrific poetry. Belinda’s blog can be found here.
So, Belinda, what drew you to blogging?
a) A place to put my poetry and prose in SOME sort of organised manner.
b) I hoped to get feedback and responses to my writing – to understand what audience my writing speaks to.
c) To develop an online presence for my writing.
d) BUT – the main driving force was to share my experiences and encourage other people to keep their heads above water when the tide is coming in, in full force. To say thank you to the universe for all the dirt it threw in my face that made little steps for me to climb up on, allowing me to get out the dark hole I had dug for myself to fall in to. You know? To give something back at the same time as working towards personal goals.
And how long have you been blogging?
Since July 2013 – Six months now.
Does your blog have a particular theme that you write about? Please share what this is.
Geeees! I THINK so…I HOPE so. I like to dig to the heart of the human psyche; I like tying ideas together and gaining an understanding of how and why people think and react the way they do… AND exploration of my own ideas on life and spirituality and how to implement them practically (ho hum). Human relationships intrigue me –Human nature is fabulous; frustrating; complicated; simple; fascinating; predictable all at the same time. The funny part is – life has a funny way of making me see just how stupid I am – JUST when I think I understand something…all the rules change…and I am off to unravel the next phase – the next mystery that has taken hold in my brain. I like to write about it and figure it all out in poetry mostly. But sometimes I paint too. They feed each other. I have a deeper goal in mind regarding society at large – ideas and thoughts I wish to share. But that can not be shared in a short paragraph – books have been written on social commentary…we all have our opinions right.
Why yes, they have. Now for my next question. Have you gained anything from blogging?
c) Time management skills!
h) Confidence in all the above
i) Friendships and connection with kindred spirits
j) The ability to be able to ‘give’ – it is important to me…no matter how small it is or seems.
It sounds as if you have it pretty much sorted there. So, do you have any challenges in your life that blogging has assisted you in dealing with?
a) Time management!
c) Social interaction (The UK is still very unfamiliar to me and I am not a great speaker really)
d) I felt very alone in my thoughts sometimes – as if people just could not see the horseshit out there. It is pleasing to me to know that there are MANY MANY folk who get pissed off with the same stuff I do…AND who treasure the same things I do.
So how often do you blog?
a) As often as I can now – started at every other day or so… Since being on WordPress it has become amazing how much I can let flow out in just one evening or day depending on what’s going on around me…you know like my ACTUAL responsibilities!
b) Having said that – it is at a point where I feel my blog IS part of my RESPONSIBILITY. And responsibility is a subject I do not take lightly…it is something I only had opportunity to fully grasp a bit too late in life. So I kind of feel like I need to finish what I started too – whatever that is…
c) To be clearer – I TRY to post at least once a day – but some days I will post nothing and on other days I will post 3 or 4 things. (so much for organisation and time management hey!!)
It can be difficult finding inspiration for posts. Where do you find the inspiration for yours?
Dear Lord – everywhere… inspiration is everywhere. But…
a) Human nature
e) Just a sound or a scent of something
f) Writing inspires me to paint – painting inspires me to write
g) Seriously…any event that happens triggers a thousand images and sentiments and pictures in my head.
God – but He holds the above together
Do you have a particular quote or mantra that you believe fits your life?
‘Just Breathe’ and ‘Do not try and reason with a fool – for they will not understand the meaning of your words’ (pretty fun when I am trying to reason with myself about what I should and should not be doing in any given situation).
What draws you to other blogs?
a) Similar interests
b) Completely opposite interests
d) A well laid out theme or formatting…I get put off very busy blogs
e) The title oddly –
f) Blogs I think MAY offer me information I may want in the future (ranging from cooking to spiritual to writing/poetry sites; gardening; photography; tech )— Sometimes I follow a blog for a distinct purpose – sometimes etiquette – sometimes because I believe the author will find my blog and work interesting or helpful. It is a bit of a gut feel thing sometimes isn’t it?
Most definitely. We all have so many reasons for following other blogs. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I don’t like the word ‘blogging’ – it presents images to me of sitting on a toilet having a dump…which I guess is a fair analogy for a large amount of us sometimes. Shitting into that big wide open space of a bog and letting it all hang out. Ta Suz – that was fun.
Thanks for sharing with us Belinda. I’ve learned so much more about you. 🙂
41 thoughts on “Fellow Blogger – Belinda from Idiot Writing”
Hi Suzanne! I would love to be introduced by you to your fellow bloggers! If you do find the time please send me an email with your questions.. my email is on my Blog on the side bar, fyi…. Thanks for the opportunity Suz!
Thanks for stopping by Lakmi. I have your name on my list and will send the questions to you shortly. 🙂
What a nice idea 🙂 I will drop over and have a look at her blog.
PS Merry Christmas from Mrs Sensible, Scooby Doo (the Machiavellian cat) and me
Hello Pecora Nera. Nice to see you in my neck of the woods. 😉
I hope you enjoy Belinda’s writing and art as much as I do.
Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy Scooby Doo. (btw – when are you going to let him in the house)?
Mrs Sensible is dropping hints that we should let him in. I have told her it is nearly summer so he will be ok 😉
Poor thing. You’ll probably love having him around 🙂
I love to have him around, around the garden, around the garage, around your house, just not mine 😉
I want another cat but my GG won’t let me have one. He reckons one is enough. 😉
This is great Sue. Thank you for paying it forward. I love Belinda’s site. Happy New Year to You!
Thanks for visiting Val. I’m glad you enjoyed her blog as much as I do 🙂
Cheers Sue ~ a pretty cool thing to do right ~ 😀
Thanks for letting me be involved!!
A big honour actually ~
Nawwwwww…. the honour was all mine 🙂
…we could go back and forth with this right…;)
We could but I like to have the last word…. 😉
Nicely done, by both of you 😀
Thank you Linda 🙂
Cheers Linda 😉 A great idea of Sue’s hey 😀
A truly delightful post. Well done to Suz for the concept and hosting, and to Belinda for the interesting contribution.
Why thank you kind sir! I’m hoping you might be interested in contributing also. 🙂
Yay! For sure want to hear Navs input 😀
I’d be honoured to participate.
Did you get my email Nav?
Didn’t see it. Hopefully didn’t nuke it by mistake. Please resend and I’ll watch for it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Double trouble 😉 Cheers Nav ~
Reblogged this on Idiot Writing and commented:
Well of course I have to reblog this right? 😉
Thanks Sue for getting me to think and align myself a little for the new year (and each day)
If you have not checked out Sue’s site yet – go – go on – off you go… 🙂
Thank you Miss Belinda 🙂
Reblogged this on Gorgeous and commented:
Thank you very much 🙂
No worries thanks for following my blog
I would love to be a part of anything that promotes Blogging.Let me know how I can get involved.
Just drop me an email so that I can send you the questions. 🙂
Really Awesome! What is your email address?
I may be silly or because I am newer to wordpress but I am having trouble locating your email adress via your page . If you could provide it to me that would be splendid or my email email@example.com to send direct to me. Thanks again and I just love this idea !
It may be because I’m silly or just new to wordpress but I cannot find your email address I am at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a terrific idea. Belinda sounds like a really neat person. I’m surely going to her blog and will follow yours.
Thank you Carol. It is wonderful to meet you. Thanks so much for following 🙂
Great idea. This is why I love the world of bloggers and blogging. It is a hugely generous community. I don’t do awards but I also do a post called “Freshly Impressed” where I feature post’s I’ve enjoyed or which have struck a chord with me. Great Idea. Well done.
Thanks Tric. This isn’t an award, I just wanted a badge to put on when I introduce any fellow bloggers.
I like that you have a Freshly Impressed page. Sounds awesome. 🙂
Oh I totally got that it’s not an award. Thats what I loved about it. Well done.