Five Minutes With… Dorothy from @ShannathShima #Art #Blogging

Five Minutes With…
DorothyWelcome to Five Minutes With… a feature where I invite bloggers of all genres to tell us a little about themselves and their blogging journey.
Today’s blogger is Dorothy Berry-Lound (ShannathShima) who blogs at
Q1: When and why did you start blogging? Which platform do you use?
I started blogging in March 2015. I used WordPress and love it. As an artist I wanted to use blogging as a way of talking about my art, why I do what I do, what inspirations I have, the meaning behind some of it. Also as a writer and poet it gives me an opportunity to give full rein to my writing, usually illustrated with my art of course. 
Q2: What topics/themes do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
My blogs fall into four main areas with some overlap and a few little flights of fancy that fall outside of those themes.
The first area is writing and images that would be of interest to those interested in home decor, interior decor etc. For example, looking at how to change the look of a kitchen by changing the art on display.
The second area is aimed at creatives and looks at aspects of marketing art. For example, my experience of Facebook, the importance of weekly scheduling and having a marketing plan.
Then there are my cats! Aimed firmly at cat/animal lovers I write short fiction stories about cats or tell stories about the many rescue cats I have taken care of.
The fourth area is aimed at visitors to Central Italy (Umbria/Tuscany). I visit local towns and villages and take photographs and then research the history/interesting points and write that up in blogs. For example, Lago Chiusi in the border of Umbria/Tuscany, or Citta della Pieve, a medieval hill town in Umbria.
Q3: Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why do you like this one so much?
Am I allowed two? If so, ‘Three Lost Kittens’ is a short fiction story about my cats that I loved writing and brought a whole new audience to my blog. This was the main reason why I started writing more widely about my cats.
The second one is ‘In Search Of The Hidden View’ where I wrote about my approach to getting the photographs on which my images are based.
Q4: Do you have a top tip to share for any new bloggers that might be reading?
Yes I hated writing my blog when I started. It seemed such a good idea but I was so self-conscious about what I was going to write and worrying about getting people to read it. I realised a few things quite early on. The most important is that I write my blog for me, it is what I want to write about based on the influences around me as the day approaches. As I began to enjoy writing so my audience grew, perhaps because the writing began to flow and be more interesting to read. I also unwittingly did a good thing. I set myself a target of two blogs per week, every Monday and every Friday. The discipline of that has made me produce the blogs, even if some days I have sat wondering what to write about. An idea always comes to me from somewhere!
Q5: What’s your favourite social media platform?
Without a doubt Facebook. More interaction with real people, lots of tools (stories, notes etc), the ability embed notes into blogs, live videos that can then be downloaded and uploaded to YouTube etc.
Find out more about Dorothy by connecting with her via the links below:
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  1. Nice to meet you, Dorothy! I always enjoy reading about other bloggers’ experiences, because we have a lot in common when it comes to what we’ve gone through to get a blog up and running and finding out what posts are interesting to readers. Happy blogging!

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