Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Debbie from My Random Musings. Thanks so much for taking part Debbie!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi everyone, I’m Debbie, I’m 35 and I live in the North East of England in a smallish town called Hartlepool that no one has ever heard of. I don’t have any children and I don’t have any plans for that to change. I love kids but I love being able to give them back lol.
I’m a full time freelance writer, author and blogger and that takes up a lot of time as you can imagine, but I still like to get out and about when the sun’s out (which isn’t much here in Britain really is it?).
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I enjoy reading, binge watching boxsets and Netflix and socialising (yes, that means going out drinking lol). I love travelling although I haven’t been anywhere outside of the UK this year. Roll on next year when I’ll be off to Spain.
I have two guilty pleasures – buying shoes that absolutely kill my feet but I wear anyway because I like them, and having my hair done. Nothing beats that feeling of just sitting down and having someone mess about with my hair.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I’ve just released my sixth book, but I still think my first one was my biggest achievement. Actually taking the plunge and putting a book I had written out there in the public eye was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. And now being able to look at my books and know that I created something is definitely my biggest achievement.
As a non parent, what do you think are probably the hardest parts of parenting and what are the easiest/most rewarding parts?
From the outside looking in, every aspect of parenting seems hard in its own ways and I genuinely believe being a parent is the hardest thing anyone can do.
Funnily enough, I think the hardest and most rewarding part is the same thing – letting your child out into the world on their own knowing you’ve given them the tools they need to make their own paths must be equally heart breaking and rewarding.
How do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
Well I don’t have to juggle the parenting so compared to a lot of people, I have it easy! I get my work, blog and books done by accepting that I am going to be working long hours and late nights but because I enjoy it so much, it’s not so bad.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging when I finally decided to write my first novel (after twenty plus years of saying I was going to). I wanted to hone my writing and get used to writing daily and get used to people reading what I had written.
At the time, my blog was a short term project that I planned on doing for a couple of weeks. That was over two years ago and I couldn’t imagine not blogging now.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
My blog, My Random Musings, focuses primarily on showing women that if I can live the dream, they can too. It’s all about motivation and inspiration, positivity and achieving your goals! There’s also blogging, writing and publishing tips, posts where I share my experiences and I also talk quite a lot about books. I also run an interview series for new bloggers and two linkys.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I would love to think that someone somewhere reads my blog and says “You know what? She wanted to be a writer and now she is. I can do that too” because you can. Anyone can make their goals happen if they are willing to put the work in. I would love people to leave my blog feeling fired up and empowered.
I’m also starting to talk about the practical side of getting into writing and how to go about it, and as that part of my blog grows, I’d love to be able to create a list of resources that can take people down the writer’s path without them having to make all of the same mistakes as I did when I was starting out.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it! Join Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and immerse yourself in the fabulous world of blogging. Talk to people; blogging is not the competitive, back biting world you expect it to be. In fact, it’s the most welcoming community where everyone helps each other out and there’s a real feeling of being part of something bigger than your own blog.
Start right now and learn as you go. If you want to wait until you feel like you know everything about blogging to get started, you’ll never start. There’s always something new to learn, and there probably always will be, regardless of how long you’ve been doing it.
Don’t get too caught up in stats – enjoy the journey!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1. Sigmund Freud: I studied psychology in college and his work always fascinated me. I’d love to be able to pick his brains and find out exactly what made him think up some of his more colourful theories.
2. Any serial killer: As you’ve probably guessed from the above, the way the human mind works fascinates me, and nothing is more fascinating than the broken ones. There are so many questions I’d want to ask them, and can you imagine having the chance to have someone like Freud there to analyse their answers to those questions!
3. Jennifer Lawrence: I love how she is one of the most sought after actresses and still seems to keep so down to earth and true to herself. I love how she is making feminism relevant to young women again along with Emma Watson. I don’t have any one burning question for her, but I think she would be excellent company.
Tell me three random facts about you
1. For all I’m pretty outgoing and can happily talk to people who I’ve just met, I hate being the centre of attention.
2. I’ll get lynched for this, but I’m the one person in the world (or so it seems) that thinks the Harry Potter movies are better than the books.
3. I can bend the tops of my fingers (which apparently is weird).