Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Sunday Roast

A Life In The Day Of Laura

This week's interview is with Laura,

who writes the blog A Life In The Day Of.

The first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

I blog to tell my stories. Knowing, no matter how crappy or ironic or hard or frustrating a situation or experience is, that the next day I will sit down at my computer to make it funny helps get me through - you can laugh or cry. I choose to cackle evilly.

What is the story behind your blog name?

My new blog, A Life In The Day Of, occurred to me because my stories about little incidents or anecdotes within my day often serve as a framework as a bit of an insight into what I am as a whole. I like the idea of showing the online world the sum of my parts, and the whole of my sum. I used to blog as 'Girl with the Mask' on the blog 'A Mask to Hide Behind' … I wrote a few nasty things about my family on there, and so decided to ditch the mask and concentrate on just being me and finding the funny, not the horrible.

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

I am a budding writer, and am working on my first novel, 'Spirit Fumble'. To get so many comments on how much people enjoy my stories gives me the confidence to keep persevering with something on a larger scale. The online world can be so much more forgiving to my flaws than reality, too!

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

Blog for yourself, not your audience. We can spot a fake a mile off.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

There are a series of blog posts from the gorgeous Caroline Smailes which made me think, "Do you know what? I really need to be a writer". The early stuff on In Search Of Adam puts into words thoughts I was too scared to even think about thinking. For that, I thank Caroline very, very much.

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

It has been significant to me to launch my new blog as myself, rather than hiding anonymously. I am still finding my feet a bit, but so far everyone has been quite lovely. I guess it is liberating to decide that you can take me or leave me - you can’t please everyone.

Today's Sunday Roast with Laura is the 58th in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.


Susan said...

Interesting, Laura. I love the name of your blog. Actually, at first I read it wrong - that expression is so commonplace my mind can't change it around. Clever.
BTW, is it Sunday already? Hard to imagine since for me it's Sat. a.m. I'll have to get you to give me news in advance someday!

Daryl said...

Its Sunday in Australia, Ms Susan ..

Laura, its nice to meet you .. I'll be by for sure, its always nice to meet another friend of Den Mom's

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Lovely Laura, she is so funny and her tales are great. Nice to see her here interviewed!! Hiya LAura!!

skywind said...

Yes, people on my blog, some people are writing their own and their own things around them, some people are to vent their emotions, and I put my own interest, may be useful to people sent to. The purpose of each blog is not the same. :)
Health is the Greatest Happiness
The World at The Present

Maggie May said...

I knew Laura from the Mask days.
Will pop over to see her new blog now that she has stopped annoying her parents! LOL!

Shrinky said...

Hi Laura, just enjoyed my first visit to your site, glad to make your acquaintance!

Sandy Kessler said...

Great name Spirit fumble

introspection said...

Hi Laura, via David.
My first visit here. you have inspired me; as I want to be a writer too. Have been wanting to write since years, but I dont think I am the writing material. So I am blogging and I love blogging. May be one day I WILL write some thing big. How's your book shaping up?
good luck. I am going to come back here to read your blogs.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

David, thanks for the introduction to Laura! Laura, you are very authentic! And a terrific writer! I'm middle-aged, and I still can't seem to catch a bus on time...or anything for that matter. No, Peter-pan, I'm with you; I'm NEVER EVER gonna grow up!

Big Frank Dickinson said...

Great idea - interviewing bloggers! I especially respond to blog for yourself - in the sense of be genuine; the self-revelation is what brings people back and allows you to learn about yourself, and your writing.

Laura Jane Williams said...

Susan- I was gutted to find out that they do a whole 'Life in the Day of' article in the Sunday Times! There goes my originality.

Daryl- yes, please do stop by. I'll look forward to it!

FFF- Hiya!

Skywind- absolutely, everybody blogs for a very personal reason. I agree.

Maggie May- I still stop by to make sure my annoying work is done, Maggie, rest assured!

Shrinky- and me you! Hello!

Sandy- yay! Titles are usually my downfall...

Introspection- we can maybe figure out this writing thing together, then?

Sniffles and Smiles- Awwww, thank you very much. Here's to never growing up!

Big frank- Totally. And learning about myself is like, my favourite ever subject!

Pouty Lips said...

What great advice for the newbie blogger. I have had to fight myself tooth and nail since the beginning to make sure I blog for me and no one else. For me, it's a great challenge due to my subject matter which can offend, but this is me for better or worse. I think it's my biggest hurdle. The other hurdle is not feeling bad when people stop dropping by.