In her own words: My blog is my hangout for sharing thoughts and observations on life here on Perry’s Point and my corner of the world in general, through poetry, prose, musings, and local and travel photography. I also offer writing and blogging advice under the heading For Writers & Bloggers.
All about your BLOG:
Tell us about you lovely BLOG.
First, thank you so much for having me here! I really appreciate it.
And what a coincidence that you recently visited my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador while we were setting up this interview!
This is Esme adding a short blurb, with Jennifer’s permission:
Just to entice you all, I will once things settled down in my world (back in the normal day to day routine and back at my full time day job), I will be sharing some picture posts with you all of this most wonderful vacation and trip in a spectacular Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia.
1. What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?
When I started my blog at the end of 2011, I called it Jennifer’s Journal. When I became published, I added a self-titled author page to my site and went with jenniferkellandperry.com/blog to keep things simple.
2. What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
It was a combination of things. I’ve always been interested in writing, and once I had the chance to pursue it more actively, I thought a blog would be a perfect place to start. I had recently moved out of my birth city of St. John’s to rural Newfoundland.
That was when I began drafting my debut novel, Calmer Girls. Posting blog updates kept the words flowing. I also added nature photography to my blog because of the beautiful scenery where I live.
3. To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
I’m happy to have I’ve met some pretty wonderful and creative people through blogging. As for being proud? I would have to say sticking with my original vision of getting published, and using my blog as an incentive to continue on the writing path. Currently, I’m working on my third book, this time one of speculative fiction.
4.How would you describe your own blogging style?
Informal and relaxed, and I like to mix things up a bit too. I share a Sunday Snap each week, a Blogger Bouquet monthly, and one of my cats guest posts every now and then with Vivian’s View From Here. And occasionally I share short pieces of writing under the category Friday Fiction.
5. What excites you most about blogging?
Connecting with so many other bloggers! I’m an active commenter on other blogs and I love when someone returns the favor.
6.What platform do you use and why?
I’ve always used WordPress because it’s user-friendly and I like the themes and the look of it.
7. What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
As I mentioned above, photography and writing are major themes. I particularly like sharing photos and articles from my corner of the world here in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
8.How often do you blog per week or month?
I try to post at least once a week via Sunday Snap, although many times I blog twice a week.
9. Do you have any wisdom or tips regarding blogging to share with us?
I have three tips for new bloggers or for those who aren’t getting much traffic:
1. Blog consistently and answer all comments.
2. Engage with other blogs by commenting and/or sharing.
3. If your post is heavy on text, break it up with a few images.
10.Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
I used to link up with photo challenges quite often, but many of my favorites have been discontinued. I’d like to be more involved with sharing fellow authors’ book launches these days.
JENNIFER FROM “Jennifer Kelland Perry”
All about YOU:
Tell us something about you, the real YOU.
1. What do you like to do other than blogging?
I love to read, watch movies with my husband, take walks, visit family, and of course write.
2. Where do you reside?
In Newtown, a little rural community here in Newfoundland where my husband is from.
3. Are you an indoor or outdoor person?
Mostly indoor, but I do love being outside in summer and fall. I’m not into any winter sports because I don’t like the cold!
4. Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession?
I work at writing full-time now.
5. Or are you retired?
I retired early from the banking industry when my husband and I moved here.
6. Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
Sometimes I wish I were younger but I’m mostly happy in my own skin and at my present age. I enjoy more peace of mind now than I did in my 20’s.
7. What makes your day a good and happy one?
I’m pretty easy to please. That said, if my day is productive, I’m happy, and if I spend time with loved ones, I’m happy.
8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
My Twitter bio hashtags sum me up nicely: animal lover, bookworm, and introvert.
9. Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
I have one daughter and one son, both adults, and I’m immensely proud of them both.
I wrote a YA novella when I was fifteen. It was called Forget-Me-Not Summer.
When I was a child, my dad called me a little Question Mark because I was always asking “why?” and “how come?”
I think I’ve retained that curiosity about life – or maybe I’m simply nosy!
10. Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
One of my best-loved quotes is from Gloria Steinem: “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
I can identify with that.
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