The Notebook Sisters just moved to WordPress. And since Mime isn't going with them, they're changing their name to Paper Fury. So they've issued a tag. Shall we commence?
1. Why did you start blogging?
Because my mom was doing it and I thought it'd be a great way to become famous. It's been ... coming, slowly.
2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
I was really into knitting at the time, and my mom insisted that I chose a title that reflected my Christian walk (because I think that's what I was ... supposed to be writing about). Had I known it would become a writing blog, I possibly would have chosen something a bit more appropriate, but it is what it is.
3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)
I have no idea, as I change it up at least every six months, and I always change it for parties. I've always just used the free options that come with blogger, though I think I've tried every one that have except for the dynamics.
Sorry, no pictures. I'm not quite a screenshot person. I do have the headers that I've used, though.
4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?
Knitted by God's Plan has always been and probably always shall be blogger hosted. Why? Because I don't want to wander off to places where my readers can't find me. I have experimented with wordpress, though, trying to make a website of sorts for the Bookania Quests. I ... need to finish it. It's rather incomplete. I'm actually waiting for a friend to give me some coats of arms he drew up for the various countries of Bookania. He says he's done, but I have to clean my room to get them. (Sigh.)
5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?
Oh, a few minutes to a couple years. It depends on what they are. If they're an interview or cover reveal for someone else, I can plug all the information in and be done with it within fifteen minutes. (Maybe longer if I decide to raid their pinterest board for a picture). However, I have a few drafts that have been in my posts since I started the blog almost. Normally, however, they usually only take an hour.
And I have so many different kinds of posts, it's hard to say that I have any one process. I get an idea, or find a tag, or someone asks if they might appear on my blog, and I proceed as necessary.
6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
I'm a bold person, very rarely nervous. However, there have been some posts that I've done with I was at low points, where I decided to be open about it, and I really didn't want to. (I mean, who doesn't want to admit that they aren't at the top of the world, everything going their way or doesn't matter?) Also, I'm sometimes nervous about posting stuff about future books. Such as the CE's with Petra or Maryanne. Their books aren't in my publishing queue yet, but they insisted on encountering me.
7. Do you have a blogging schedule?
Sometimes. When I feel like it. My second or third year of blogging, I tried to adhere to one (expand my backposts, it was obvious from the titles). Right now, I'm just trying to post regularly, and if possible, every other post is a Author's Commentary for Sew, It's a Quest. So far, I'm succeeding. I avoid blogging on Sundays. I mean, I have, but I don't get good views that day, and it just feels wrong, so I avoid it. I prefer week days.
8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?
I'm also an author, and IRL is one of the ways I have to promote. So yes, if I tell someone about my books, I'll also tell them about my blog, so they can come here and read more. Usually they're so thrilled about meeting a real author (I have the physical books to prove it) that they're more than interested in the blog.
9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!
Um ... Notebook Sisters (now Paper Fury, excuse me),
Dolls, Books and Things that Matter,
The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls
The Destiny of One
Scribblings of my Pen and Tappings of my Keyboard
Lily's Notes in the Margins
10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?
Honestly? I have considered changing the name to something more writing related (Yarns and Words .... Knitted Stories ... I'd keep the knitting, but add words to it) but since knittedbygodsplan is the url everyone knows me as, and it's the one on the back of my books. I suppose I could just change the name and leave the URL as it is ... but that always strikes me as tacky. I've been Knitted By God's Plan for five years. It's unique to me. It's who I am. It reminds me that I need to find God's plan for myself no matter how much I'd rather go my own way. So I'm keeping it. (Though I've added the catchphrase you see at the top of the page. Knitting books and Writing Scarves indeed ...)
I would like upgrade my design to something professional ... but then again, I like being able to change it every few months, and doing that with professional design could get pricey (unless I use stock, and then ... no.)
I'm happy with my blog the way it is, I guess. Maybe I'd have more followers who'd comment every day without fail (and buy my books) ... yeah ... that'd be nice.