beetleypete- Random Blogger Interviews

Hey there! Welcome back to ‘The Confessions of a Random Blogger!’

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Pete from beetleypete. He’s one of my favourite bloggers on this platform!

In fact he actually gave me the honour of publishing a guest post on his blog a few months ago! You can check that post out here.

I would like to sincerely thank Pete for allowing me to interview him. Be sure to check out his blog if you haven’t already!


How would you describe yourself and your blog to a new reader?

It is a very mixed blog, containing Fiction, Photographs, Film Reviews, and the day-to-day adventures of my dog, Ollie, on our walks in the countryside. It is not a niche blog, on a specific subject.

What is your writing process like? Do you have any traditions or rituals you do while writing?

For fiction, I like to ‘see’ the story in my head, like a film. Then I write down what I see and hear. I have no rituals when writing, though do write most in the mornings.

How’s Ollie doing!

Ollie is slowing down a lot now he is nine and a half. But he still loves his walks, and meeting other dogs especially.

What is one of your blogging pet peeves?

People who comment with a link to their own blog, or just the words ‘Please follow me’. That’s just rude.

What are some of your biggest aspirations, in terms of blogging and in general?

I do intend to eventually publish my longer serials as complete novels. I have already had articles, reviews, and fiction stories published in magazines, and that was one of my aspirations.

What was one of your biggest blogging mistakes?

Publishing blog posts that were too long. Early on, I regularly posted over 2,000 words, sometimes a lot more. People don’t want to read such long posts, so now I do my best to keep every post under 900 words.

Who are some of your favourite bloggers and why?

I like all the 110 bloggers I follow, but for different reasons. Some are fabulous writers, others accomplished photographers. A few can write down emotions so powerfully you can feel them as you read. Some are amusing and quirky, others deadly serious and intellectual. But unless I posted links to all 110, I wouldn’t like to choose just a few here

What is your opinion about blogging as a career? Should blogging just be a hobby? What would you like to say to people that say otherwise?

I do not think that blogging can be classed as a career. If you want an online career, create a website. If you want a career as a writer, become an author or a journalist.

Has your creative process changed during the pandemic? If yes, describe how.

Yes, I had more time on my hands and posted twice as many blog articles. I had a lot more going on in my head to think about, including Covid-19, and I wrote about that too, as well as getting everything else down on my blog. I recently had to ease back, as I was spending far too much time blogging.

What is the most difficult thing about blogging?

In my case, the most difficult thing is ‘not blogging’. When I go away from the computer, or take a holiday, I miss it, and everyone in the community. But for many new bloggers, it is the waiting. Waiting to attract followers, waiting to see comments, and wondering why their blog might not be as popular as they hoped. They don’t usually realise it takes time. Many years, not weeks.

What’s your most favourite and least favourite post you’ve ever posted? Why?

My personal favourite post is this one. It is about my childhood experience of going to the cinema. It is too long though, and badly-edited!

My least favourite post? Probably this one. It only got one view, and one like!


Thank you for reading! Once again, I would like to thank Pete for allowing me to interview him. Now I have a question for you guys- How has the pandemic altered your creativity? Do you think being forced to stay home has somehow made you more or less creative? Tell me about it in the comments below!

You can check out my last few posts here:

Until Next Time.

41 thoughts on “beetleypete- Random Blogger Interviews

  1. I especially liked Beetley Pete’s answer that the most difficult thing about blogging is not blogging. As for the question about Pandemic affecting creativity: I wish it had increased mine but sadly it did not!

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  2. You are one of the best in my humble opinion, Pete.
    As for creativity last year, it was all about survival but I did get a book published: What Just Happened?
    More than anything, it’s important to take breaks from blogging, at least for me.

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