Meet Debby Gies from D.G. Kaye
All about your BLOG: Tell us about your lovely BLOG.
- What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?
My blog is https://www.dgkayewriter.com . As a published author I felt it best to make the blog’s name with my author name to avoid any confusion with a fictional or whimsical name.
- What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
While I was writing my first book, Conflicted Hearts I spent the year learning about the self-publishing business. I learned how important it was to think ahead for marketing books, so I needed to build a platform – let people know I existed, make connections with people and share what I learn in the writing community, articles about my work, and share information about fellow bloggers and authors
- To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the wonderful friends and connections I’ve made through blogging, the number of readers that follow me, engage with me, share my posts, the awards I’ve received, and the invitations I’ve received to guest post on other’s blogs, such as your Esmé.
- How would you describe your own blogging style?
Eclectic. I am a writer, author, justice seeker, and gifted with a good sense of humor. I like to post 3 times a week, but often there will be a few surprise posts that creep in. On Tuesdays, I like to post something personal about something I learned, felt unjustifiable, or about memoir writing. On Fridays, I’d like to get back to doing guest author interviews, but in the absence of doing those interviews, I keep Friday posts geared towards writing tips or authorly news. And, every last Friday of the month I contribute to the #WATWB (We are the World Blogfest) where all participants post a blog share of something uplifting and inspirational to share positive things about what goes on in the world to deflect negativity. Every Sunday I share a new book review from a book I’ve read and posted on Amazon and Goodreads.
- What excites you most about blogging?
The friendships I’ve made and the engagement between myself and my readers. We have a wonderful community where bloggers often become friends. Writing can be a solitary and lonely life, so the blogging part provides the social interaction we get with like-minded people.
- What platform do you use and why?
I am self-hosted on WordPress.Org. When I began blogging in early 2013 I started on free WordPress.com and within the year I learned about marketing and self-publishing and why it was best to own my own blog if I was going to publish books. There were many reasons, but mostly the thought of something happening down the road with the WordPress.com platform, if it crashed or closed and my content was to be lost began to haunt me. Plus, there is so much more control and options when you own your own website. But don’t be fooled, there are a lot of headaches with being self-hosted, but I just keep learning as I go.
- What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
Like I mentioned before, my blog posts pertaining to personal stories, articles about writing, news in the writing industry, book reviews, guest posts. I’m a nonfiction/memoir writer so all my own stories are true. Some of my articles are inspirational, some serious, and some humorous. I’m a mixed bag of thought.
- How often do you blog per week or month?
I believe I covered that answer in #4.
- Do you have any wisdom or tip/s regarding blogging to share with us?
Engage with your readers. Respond to all comments. I know as a blog reader myself how much time it takes to read blogs and leave comments. The least a blogger can do for their readers is reply and engage those who took the time to visit and comment. Why else would we blog if we aren’t trying to build connections and readership? Also, help give a blog post a boost by sharing. Those social media share buttons on our blogs are there for a reason. If I enjoyed a post I always share it on various social media sites. That way my readers can see the post and they, in turn, can share with their readers and may very well become a new reader for the blog I shared if they too enjoy what they’ve read.
- Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
I do participate in a few blog linkups, but not on a steady basis. If I have a recent post I feel will add value to a reader with the information I will share it to a linkup. But the reason I don’t do it often is time. I don’t want to feel like a spammer if I shove my links everywhere and don’t spend any time reading a few of the other links. Time is always something I wish I had more of as a blogger and juggler of many things in my days.
All about YOU: Tell us something about you, the real YOU.
- What do you like to do other than blogging?
I like to fit in writing time and reading time. I like to get outside and go downtown with a friend and gab and shop. And my biggest passion is my love for travel.
- Where do you reside?
I live in central Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Are you an indoor or outdoor person?
I would have to say both. I have plenty to do on a daily basis, which leaves no room for boredom. And I love to get out when I can on a sunny day and just do whatever pleases me for the day. But on vacation, I just love to be outdoors, touring, sunning, observing.
- Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession
Work? I’m always working, lol. If you mean do I get dressed and go to a job every day, then no. I work at home on writing, reading articles to further my writing, and take care of my home and my aging husband.
- Or are you retired? If so, what do you do besides blogging?
Retired? Lol that is so funny because a writer never gets to retire.
- Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
Some of my best times and memories were from my twenties. But no, I don’t think I wish to be that age again. I’m quite happy at the age I am now (no disclosure, lol), but sometimes I think about how quickly the years are passing and wish I could just go back a decade and started my writing career then so I could have accomplished more.
- What makes your day a good and happy one?
What makes for a good day around here is no glitches – in life or with my computer or blog. And a good day for my husband.
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
Optimistic, funny, worry-wart. (Is that 4 words?)
- Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
– I’m a great multi-tasker and get my best work done under pressure and deadlines.
– I love to travel, and even though I tend to run into glitches with every vacation I take, it doesn’t deter me, but rather gives me more to write about.
– I’m a good cook, often making up recipes on the spot as I cook, and sadly, those dishes will never taste the same second time around because I don’t use measuring cups. LOL
- Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
I’m complex but simple.
I love fashion and have a great sense of style, yet I also know when as beautiful as something is, it’s not always best for me.
I have a strong will and determination. If something is broken or isn’t working I will go to many time- consuming lengths to find a way to fix. Yes, that includes people too.
Last but not least:
- Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!
Debby Gies is a Canadian memoir/nonfiction writer who writes under the pen name D.G. Kaye. She writes about real life experiences and matters of the heart sharing life lessons in hopes to empower others.
And the plus one question – Social media profiles!
Please feel free to connect with me on social media and any of my author and blog pages at:
www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)
What are you waiting for, I know you want to do the 20 + 1 Interview Questions
I look forward to hearing from you!