Bonjour, Blogger! : Pearl

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procrastinatorgeneralsaysName Pearl Sanguine
Age 35
Location East Yorkshire
Blog URL procrastinatorgeneralsays.blogspot.com

What is your blog about? My life, my worldview, my crafting and a few recipes thrown in to the mix!

Is this your first blog? Yes, I also have another occasional blog based on my daughter’s somewhat interesting outfit choices. I figured they should be saved for posterity somewhere!

When did you start your current blog? 31st January 2013 – I should have waited another day, really!

What made you do it? I suffer from depression and was in a dark period at the time. I desperately needed somewhere to express all the things that were swirling around in my head.

I’ve written journals before and frequently have long conversations with myself in the evening after my daughter is in bed. But the blog has been the first place where I’ve felt I’ve found a healing process, the interaction with the readers is really important.

I feel like I can be myself and that helps me be more my old self than I have been in a very long time.

What was your first blog post about? It was a confession.

I explained how bad my life had become and how I thought my depression had begun. I explained about the hoarding that was dominating my life at the time. I spoke about how I felt worthless and couldn’t see my way out of the mess my life had become.

It wasn’t a very happy sort of post, it has to be said.

What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger? I’d love to be original here, but Twitter is definitely the way I interact most with my blog readers and try and drum up some new ones.

I think Bloglovin is really helpful too as I find it much easier to comment on peoples blogs as I read through them..

Do people in your real life know about your blog? Yes and no – My good friends know about the blog but not my family, with the exception of my older brother as he was nosy enough to find me out!

I prefer my family not to know as I have a fear of letting my parents in to my inner thoughts. They support me so much already that perhaps being aware of just how bad I have felt at certain times would be unbearable to them.

Also, I like having a space to talk openly and freely and feel the knowledge that my family are reading would make me censor myself a lot more.

Has it helped my career? I’m unemployed at the moment, so, no not really!

What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of? Blog wise, that first post. It started me on a journey to recovery that at the time I genuinely couldn’t imagine for myself. I read it back to myself before I answered these questions and was quite emotional about how far I’ve come since then.

In my life, it has to be my daughter. She gives me the highest highs and the lowest lows of anything else in the world. But when she is snuggled up asleep with her arms around my neck and her beautiful eyelashes are sweeping her cheeks, I know I have something that I did right and that will always be my motivation to push forwards.

Where do you see your blog in a year? Hopefully with a bigger following! I know a lot of my friends read it, but it would be great to reach a bigger audience and hopefully I can be more involved in the blogging community.

What do you wish you knew when starting your blog? how hard it would be to just keep the motivation up. I am, after all, rather famous for my procrastination skills (the clue is in the title, as they say!)

What do you wish you know more about now? I’m really interested in blog design at the moment and would love to give my blog a makeover. I followed a tutorial you posted to get myself some posh social media buttons like I’ve been curious about on other peoples blogs for a while.

Next I want to tackle the whole look of my page, make it less obviously a blogger template!

Oh, and learn html…

How do you keep motivated to post? Erm, good question. I had a couple of months were I completely lost focus and only posted once a week or so. It hurt to see my pageviews tumble, but I couldn’t get going.

I have turned a corner in my personal life at the moment, I’m feeling happy and healthy and have rediscovered my posting mojo!

And, reading Bonjour, Blogger! for all the tips has really made me want to experiment a bit and have a bit more fun…

Anything else you’d like to add? Just that I’m really excited about where my blog is going. I feel like a change is in the air for me and everything might be about to go my way for once!

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