The following interview was conceived by Bryoni Burns at bryoniburnsblog.com.
Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?
I started creating websites in 1996, and by 1998 I had landed a job in IT. For many years, I created websites in HTML using a variety of software suites. As time went on, my sites grew to massive sizes, making maintenance and organization a nightmare. Eventually, I migrated the content to a modern content management system, which is now referred to as a blog.
How did you come up with your blog name?
I just used my name, Tom Slatin. I wanted something that would be easily identifiable as being mine, and something that nobody could ever reasonably claim as their own trademark.
What type of content do you generally post on your blog?
I went to college for information technology, then I changed my major to English and Literature, then I decided to pursue medicine. Eventually, I gave up on
The majority of my blog posts are long-form written narratives and original photography. There are about a hundred free WordPress themes available for download on my blog as well, many of them have been used as themes for other peoples blogs.
What are your main struggles as a blogger?
My only complaint is that very few people comment on my blog. This has been my main struggle since the very beginning. I have well over 500,000 followers collectively, across the main social media sites, including, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, though very few people
What are your
I absolutely love WordPress. I love the way it works, the way in which posts are organized, and written, and the extensive amount of plugins which extend the functionality of the platform.
As far as photography is concerned, I am absolutely in love with my Canon 5D Mark IV camera, and the multitude of lenses. I also photograph with medium and large format film cameras, though it has proven slow and impractical for everyday blogging. But on occasion, I will post film based photography on my blog.
What is your
There exists a tie between Twitter and Instagram, the reason for my decision is based solely on the
What is your
I have been writing and taking pictures with an SLR since the young age of 8, so to select a favorite post from over 30 years worth of work would be exceedingly difficult, so I have narrowed my scope to the past few years. In recent times, my favorite blog post is Thomas Slatin, On Writing. I was inspired to write this post as an answer to all of the questions that people have been asking me about my writing since I started.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?
Be sure to sign up for paid web hosting if you are planning on blogging long term. Stay away from free hosting services, especially those which will advertise on your content. I have been hosting with DreamHost since the very beginning, and they provide outstanding service, in my opinion.