Shereen Asafo-Adjei: Hello from a serene place
Shereen Asafo Adjei is a Ghanaian living in the USA. She blogs over at asereneplace.com She says the way to her heart is chicken wings, a good book and Sade.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as a way to express myself. I loved and feared the idea of someone reading my thoughts and learning about my life. I also thought it was the safest way to improve my writing, even writings that scared me like poetry.
What has been your biggest blogging challenge so far?
My biggest challenge has been dealing with people actually reading my posts. I get personal on my blog and sometimes I overshare, which is therapeutic for me, but it makes me anxious when people I know in real life read my blog and ask me questions about it.
Explain your creative process from ideation to publishing an article?
I am an avid reader of books and blogs, so most of my inspiration comes from those places. When I get an idea, I usually jot it down on my phone because I know I will forget. Sometimes, I will just bring it up casually in conversations and get people’s candid opinions about whatever the subject is and I will write from many points of views.
Sometimes, I just blog out of need. I may NEED to get something that is on my mind and heart out and I will not feel free until it is out. Publishing is the hardest for me. My first thought is “who cares?” and “who wants to read this?” but I am learning not to care about the likes and comments and just hitting publish. Speaking of publishing, I have so many posts in my drafts.
How do you measure the success of your blog?
I actually do not think about the success of my blog. It has never really crossed my mind. But maybe when I start getting paid and getting sponsorships?
What factors did you consider when designing your blog?
Simple and Easy. Those are 2 words that came to mind when I was designing my blog. I wanted it to be simple and easy to access. I didn’t want to have one of those cluttered blogs where people couldn’t find anything. I hope I have achieved that.
How do you ensure maximum engagement for your content?
This is something I am working on. Engagement. I rarely think about that, because sometimes, or most times, I write for myself. But for posts I write for others, I attempt to get engagement by posting on all social media platforms.
Share at 3 bloggers you keep visiting for inspiration
- Josephine at https://joseyphina.wordpress.com/ she writes the best short stories. She has inspired me to continue a short story series I started in 2014.
- Amoafoa at https://amoafoa.com/ I love her aesthetic and how she writes.
- Sade at https://www.inmysundaybest.com/ I just love this blog so much, the story telling, personality, photographs, EVERYTHING. I could keep going but I have been limited to 3.
Any 3 books you would recommend
- I Write What I Like by Steve Bantu Biko,
- I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
- Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa.
Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years?
I see it filled with rich content. Content that sparks something in people. Content that makes people return for just a little bit more.
If your blog had a personality, how would you describe it?
Serene and quiet. A place where you can let go, find a bit of everything and have the occasional “yes me too, I can so relate.”