Welcome to another Featured Writer Friday. Today, my guest is Larry G. Maguire.  He is a writer, an artist, and a digital creative. I found Larry on Twitter a few weeks back. He liked one of my posts about the Featured Writer Friday series. We traded some DMs and emails and now, here he is to share his story. Thank you, Larry, for being part of the Featured Writer Friday series!

Hi, I’m Larry G. Maguire, I’m a writer and artist from Dublin, Ireland. I write weekly on my site larrygmaguire.com about creativity, art, life and work and how it all goes together. I’ve been in business for myself almost 20 years and I have developed a love for marketing and all things digital so those topics feature in my writing at times. My current passion is The Artist’s Manifesto which outlines my creative philosophy for life and work. It serves as a reminder to me of what I need to stay focused on and why.

1. How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been working online since 2009 when I first started sharing my thoughts and ideas about work.

2. Are you a full-time blogger or do you also have another job/career?

I regard myself as a writer who blogs and I use all the spare time I can get between college and the day job to write.

3. What got you started into blogging?

A supplier of mine from Belgium told me in 2008 that he used WordPress to market his business so I thought, I’ve got to get on this platform. So I did and I immersed myself into everything WordPress until I knew it inside out.

4. What is your blog about and how does it help others?

My site is where I share my thoughts about the life and work of a creative. I tend to get deep into subjects concerning the creative work and look hard at them from a philosophical and psychological perspective. I like to think I can break down the common struggles every creative endures into manageable solutions. I don’t go out necessarily to help anyone. My intention is not to save anyone from themselves or anyone else, I merely share my experiences out of a need to write. I am simply compelled to write.

5. What is working for you and your blog? Why?

My goal is to write and share my ideas. In that everything is working. You see I think it’s a mistake for bloggers, writers, creatives or any kind to get hung up on data, especially in the first couple of years. It is more important to refine the skill of communication through writing. If we can’t understand others and communicate effectively all our efforts are lost. So I focus on finding a topic I want to talk/write about (I say talk because I podcast daily) and attempt to deliver that in a concise and honest a way as I can. I also focus on being as consistent as possible.

6. What did not work out so well for your blog? Why?

I’ll refer back to the last answer. In the past, I was far too focused on other people, on the desired response and as such I couldn’t create something worthwhile. In 2017 I changed my point of focus and I am much more fulfilled in my writing. You see, many marketers will try to sell us the idea that we need to find what people want and give it to them, and that might be accurate for some bloggers/writers but it’s not the case for all. For the creative, there must be first and foremost, creative integrity. That means we must create something that must first serve us, serve our creative spirit. If we do not listen to that small voice then everything we do will be spoiled. This is a core message of The Artist’s Manifesto.

7. What tools are you using that you can introduce my readers to? 

I love marketing and online technology. I love building things and making one thing work with something else and so apps and digital programs are something I like to spend money on. I use and can’t live without self-hosted WordPress on WP Engine. WPE is by far the best WP host I’ve ever used. They are so on-the-ball with tech support it’s not funny. I also use ThriveThemes, Sumo, Mailchimp, Ninja Forms, Grammarly for grammar and editing, Pressbooks for formatting my book. I use StudioPress theme on WordPress with the Genesis framework. I love digital technology I can talk to you about that stuff all day!

8. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting a blog?

Find something you’re passionate about first and foremost because when the days get tough, which they often do, you’ll have resolve and determination to keep going. Do what you love first. Also, if you are tech-averse get someone who is not to do the tech for you. Otherwise, you won’t last. In fact, I’ll go a step further and suggest that you should really get to love technology because it makes starting a business so much easier these days.

9. Where can everyone find you?

People can read my stuff and get in touch here;

My blog/writing

My new book: The Artist’s Manifesto

iTunes

Spreaker

Medium

Twitter

Facebook

Thank you, Larry, for sharing your insights into your blogging process and the creative process. I would love to have you as a featured writer again to discuss your insights on digital technology (Q7)!!
Thank you again for being part of the Featured Writer Friday series.

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